So I quit stretching.There, I said it. Well, to be honest, I quit stretching post run for the most part out of laziness and my mind being elsewhere. So far, I havent really noticed. Is it really that necessary? The reasonI ask is due to one particular friend of mine who shall remain nameless (Jerry) who refuses (Cook) at times around me to stretch. If he doesnt have to (like the robot that he is) take care like this, then do I??
I give the obligatory calf stretch a few seconds, but then just stop. I stretch all the time, much to my wife's mockery ("bend your knees when you are looking for things on the floor you look so ridiculous!"), but my habit has slid from performing stretches rigourously post run to not stretching much at all after my shorter runs especially. I know I have rarely let myself stretch for as long as recommended. Maybe in the shower to let my nether regions get a good rinse off, but not really as long as I should. So I am going to call it my stretch experiment. Thats right, it sounds more noble if it sounds intentionally exploratory. I still sit at my desk and figure four my ITB and I stand naturally work on my hips (piriformis accasionally too), but for record I have been a undisciplined stretcher. Anyone else drop habits like this? Has it caused any grief?? Maybe its the rebel in me questioning the legitimacy of all the calf, hamstring and quad stretches I have not really felt the benefits from. Great now that I have said this, I will be extra diligent, I am sure.