Downward Dog and Distance Running

October 8, 2015

For me, yoga was one of those things I had to learn to like…and eventually love. It has definitely been an acquired taste. I am not very good at relaxing or slowing down, so in the beginning, maintaining a pose for 30 seconds made me want to punch a koala….and I seriously think they are the cutest. After 7 years, I’ve finally made my peace with yoga, and I can confidently say that I can complete a workout without losing my cool. No anger management classes for me, thank you very much. Wouldn’t that be ironic?

I’ll be honest, once I started running, I was kind of forced into the relationship. I hate stretching, and my body was not happy with me for not doing it – I’m talking waking up with Charlie Horses, Plantar Fasciitis, back spasms – the whole kit and kaboodle. I had to figure something out that would force me to stretch everything out. Enter Piyo. I’ve been doing Piyo workout now, on and off, for about a year. It’s a little bit of a faster flow, and incorporates more body weight resistance training, so I love it. I get the stretch I need, but it also helps to sculpt long and lean muscles.

I can say that after a few weeks of consistent yoga, I don’t have that Achilles tendon tightness, my calves aren’t as touchy, and my back doesn’t get all sensitive on me. Thank goodness…only now I don’t have much of an excuse to not up my mileage. Bummer.

If you don’t want to get the whole DVD set, which I highly recommend, here are some great stretches for runners. If you target your back, feet, calves, hamstrings, and quads, you will be golden. These poses are a great way to do that. Hold each pose for 30 seconds and move into the next one. Let me know how it goes!

XOXO – Emmy Lou Lou


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