By Eric Hoffman, MD
For today's time-starved amateur triathles, one of the key challenges is to take the proper steps necessary to maintain fitness and avoid injury so that you can continue to train and compete for years to come. I recommend that you spend at least 10 minutes stretching both before and after you head out for a run. In general, you should focus on stretching hamstrings, quadriceps, Achilles and the iliotibial band (the band on the outside of the hip and knee). Proper stretching prepares your muscles and tendons for activity and reduces the risk of injury. I have found that this web article on coolrunning.com to be particularly helpful for runners.