"Is stretching before running harmful?" Thus begins an article in http://askcoachjenny.runnersworld.com/2007/09/posted-by-amber.html which contains the following advice:
"For the sake of time efficiency and getting the most in with the least amount of risk, I believe the best stretching strategy for runners is the following.
"Warm up with 5 minutes of brisk walking. It gradually diverts circulation to the working muscles, increases heart rate and breathing. It is the best way to prepare your body for the upcoming run.
As followed in my Monday routine:
Know your limits when you exercise