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Hey guys! Thank you so much for following my blog over the past 35 posts. I decided to get serious and purchase a domain name that I will keep forever. Please find me at http://www.joggingyourappetite.com/

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What Would Hal Do?

Those of you who have run a marathon in their lives, I commend you!  I am training for the NY Marathon in early November and I find that I’m asking myself during my long runs why people run this much?

Why do we put ourselves through the torturous training? Is it because it’s worth it? Of course I’m guessing the answer is yes, counting on it even. I have always enjoyed running to the fullest, but now it’s getting to be a chore. The last long run I went on was the longest I’ve ever run in one consecutive time and I have to say that stopping hurt worse than continuing. This scares me a little because I was only running 16 miles at that time, and I’ll have 10.2 more to go in the marathon!

What motivation do you use to keep yourself going? I find myself asking, what would Hal do?!

Stretching. Before, After, At All?

Do you stretch before or after a run? Or, do you stretch at all?

Out of the 10 years I’ve been “running” running, I’ve only come to think about stretching in the most recent years.

This is probably because when I was younger, I thought I was invincible.  But as the years continue and my training gets more serious; I realize that I’m most certainly not. It’s obvious when googling for “When to stretch,” many people have had this thought and there is some research on it.  “The idea behind stretching is to lengthen the muscle fibers to increase their function and hopefully enhance performance, helping runners maintain a faster pace or run for a longer period of time (article here).”  Time Magazine says to skip the stretch before the run because it doesn’t prove to prevent injury on the run.

I know I definitely need to stretch better and if not before the run, after. It’s giving back to your body for allowing you to have a good workout and it can also be very relaxing. What’s your take on stretching?

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