Ask the Running Doc: Running Myth Busters


Whether you are new to running or have been at it for years, it seems that the same questions always come up year after year.


Should I stretch?

Does ice really help?

Do I need orthotics?

What kinds of shoes are best for me?

When should I foam roll?

Do I really need to do strength exercises?


I hear these questions being asked at local running stores, in my office and in running groups all the time. Today, we are going to set the record straight and get these questions answered once and for all!


Should I stretch?


The research and information out there about stretching can be confusing and, frankly, competing. You may read in one place you need to stretch, and then turn the page and it says not to! No wonder this question keeps coming up.


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