Up until now I havnt bothered with any kind of stretching. I just do the 5 minute warm up and cool down at the beggining of each run as I've become acustomed to doing with the C25K Podcasts.
Recently I've experienced more and more tightness on my rest days (I run every other day). Initially I've experienced tightness in my calves and achilles tendons, and more recently I've experiences aching accross the top of my toes.
Soooo, yesterday evening I wondered whether this was all linked, and due to my lack of stretching exercises. I decided to start the Strength and Flex Podcasts. I had a go at No1 yesterday evening. It left me feeling a little more flexible but the biggest difference was when I got up this morning. My calves and achilles felt much less tight than normal, and the aching in my toes ( which had been there at least since the weekend ) had virtually disapeared
I also felt pretty good on my 10k run this morning, and put in a personal best for my hilly route (I can do better on the flat though )
What's more, now at 16h00 (my run was at 5h30) my legs are feeling better than they have for weeks and my toes are much better.
Soo, if like me, you dont do much in the way of stretching exercises, I urge you to consider Laura's Strength and Flex. It is pretty gentle, and seems to be quite effective