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No! It sounds counter-intuitive but you don’t need to stretch before you run.

There’s quite a bit of research indicating that stretching before exercise either does nothing or slightly increases your risk of injury.

It is better to use a dynamic warm-up such as brisk walking, jogging or dynamic stretching. ⠀

You can stretch after you run if you like, but as with a warm up you will probably get more benefit from walking or dynamic stretching.

However, if stretching feels good to you then go for it!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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References: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/44/14/1002.short⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/39ce/efd0be7e3ea6b8389097e8e8f252d1cd5755.pdf⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Should I stretch before running?