I have been running now with varying levels of dedication since 1999. During 2001, that level of dedication increased significantly and I entered the world of marathoners. I like this world and plan to stay here until my body revolts. I have never liked stretching though. I never saw the point. Don’t get me wrong. I believe in warming up and have been convinced by the really experienced runners I know that post-workout stretching has its merits. I especially believe in a few minutes of post-workout stretching when combined with ingesting water or sports drink as this can help to jumpstart recovery.
Evidence has been mounting that pre-workout stretching is not recommended. My good friends at the NYT now bring us a long writeup on the most recent study to free me from even contemplating this ever again.