Between workouts I tend to be a little lazy about stretching, so I'm wondering if I'm hurting myself or my performance by not stretching much between workouts.
Any one of these more specific questions might help answer this if my question is too general:
- As your muscles are healing between workouts do tight muscles influence recovery at all?
- If muscles are tight all the time then are your tendons going to be worn down, pulled off, or injured in any way?
- Are there any known injuries that are associated with or can be mistaken for tight muscles instead of the injury?
Specifically, I'm running a hard workout as soon as I recover so I'm living in a state of light pain all the time. If I wait an extra day then I usually find that all the pain goes away around the time I would normally do another workout. So I realize that I just lost a day of training. Which stinks so I'm curious how other thoughtful exercise freaks deal with this.