Originally Posted by myleftfoot1978
lots and lots of streching billy the kid, you can never strech to much before our after i have found out, and i have recently took to a ice bucket after running for my feet and heels and it is working very well, 1st few times were hard now its quite enjoyable, also working on your core is important for any sport/fitness strong core helps out the rest of your body i belive
I never stretch before a run and do only a few quad, hamstring and calf stretches after, sometimes! I have been running since 1981 and have completed about 20 marathons( all between 3hrs25 and 4hrs) but none since 1999 - too much time needed for training. I do have orthotics in my running shoes due to dropped metatarsal joints and have rarely had a running injury. I've reduced my running now to 3 or 4 times a week, total about 20miles, 2 spin sessions and a power pump class. I think variety is the key. My husband stretches before a run and at least 3 or 4 times a year has a hamstring or calf strain.
It may be that you just need to go slower and have more rest days but if its hurting your knees find another aerobic exercise. You don't want to have knee replacements when you are older!
Take loads of advice, research on net and then do what suits you