When I tell people that I do yoga, the number one response I always get is “Oh, I can’t do that. I can’t touch my toes.” I liken that to the response people give when you say you run, “Oh, you’ll need new knees by the time your 50!” Everyone has an opinion. Well here’s mine.
Stop making excuses!
Yoga benefits everyone for stress relief, diminish aches and pains, injury prevention and a better outlook at life. Yoga is equally beneficial to runners whether you are a weekend warrior who gets in a few miles a week or you run Ultras. It’s not about touching your toes and wrapping your leg around your neck.
I’d love to be able to do a two hour yoga session every day of the week but life doesn’t allow for that right now. One way I like to sneak in a little yoga is at the end of my runs. There are five poses for post run bliss that I always do. They hit all the muscles that are stressed and fatigued the most while running – calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, lower back, and hips. I like to add Legs Up A Wall too just because it relaxes your psoas, drains blood out of your tired feet and legs and slows the body down readying for recovery.
Hold each pose except legs up a wall for a minute or more. I prefer to stay in legs up a wall for at least 10 minutes.
I was recently asked to select a couple of pieces from Macy’s activewear for women. I knew Macy’s carried the major brands like Nike and Under Armour but I’ve never noticed their Ideology brand. I’m looking forward to warmer weather so I chose a racerback tank and cropped leggings.
The tank is very cute. I love the tie dye pattern. It’s a little longer length which helps prevent flashing your goods when doing an inversions in yoga class. I like that the fit isn’t super tight and it skims the body rather than squeezes. I haven’t tried running in the tank yet as it’s still quite cold here. It’s not supportive enough on it’s own for running but just enough for yoga and other lower impact activities.
I usually have quite a difficult time finding cropped pants that fit me right. I’m short waisted and tend to either have to pull the waist up super high or have the crotch hang low. Either one really isn’t very flattering. The fit of these crops are ok. They’re a little longer in the waist than I prefer though. I wore them to yoga class and did not have to pull at the waist band once. I can see myself wearing these in yoga and running (again, if it ever gets warm enough!).
I feel comfortable in both pieces. Proof that cute workout clothes can also be functional!
What are your favorite stretches post run?