Yoga For Runners

Hey friends! Another weekend has come and gone. I think it felt like it went by even faster than normal since I was busy, busy, busy each day.

Saturday morning I met Joanne for another predawn long run. I had looked at the forecast the night before and saw that it was only going to be 30Β° when we took off. Great. I’m so not ready for this especially since a week ago we were running in t-shirts and shorts. Thirty degrees is cold. Normally I would wear my running tights if it was January and that temp. But I refuse to wear them this early. I can’t do it. So the stubborn runner that I am, I wore my lululemon crops. If a 1/4 of my legs were cold and exposed, oh well. I’d deal with it!

As I stepped out of my house in the morning, I noticed there was frost on the grass and cars. In fact, I thought I saw a snowflake. Thankfully, it wasn’t! Joanne and I enjoyed 11 miles of darkness with nothing but our conversations and the sound of our footfalls. Not a bad way to start the day at all. I really can’t say enough how much I enjoy having a running buddy again. Especially on long runs. I could’ve kept going longer!

I was comfortable the whole run even with my crops on. Take that Mother Nature! Although once I got home, I was frozen solid. My hands were numb and all I could think of was a hot, hot shower and a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.

Cooper showing off his good side.


I didn’t get a chance to rest my legs for too long before we were off in search of new winter jackets for the kiddos and then to a Touch A Truck fundraiser. If you ever want to see hundreds of kids loosing their minds over buses, construction vehicles and dump trucks, go to Touch A Truck. It was like Disney World for the kids!

Sunday I got to spend two wonderful hours doing yoga during a Yoga For Athletes workshop.

It was AMAZING! I wish I could do yoga for 2 hours everyday.Hmmmm…maybe I really should look into yoga teacher training.

The workshop focused mostly on the hips, hamstrings, and the low back. Although the focus wasn’t intended for runners, most everyone in the class was. Jolie, the instructor, spoke about her practice and how it helps her as a runner. She realized that when her practice goes down to one day a week, she gets injured. If she gets on her mat at least 3-4 times a week, she feels stronger and stays injury free.

I totally believe this and have seen it with myself. When my knee injury occurred, my yoga practice was maybe once a week. Since then, I’ve refocused. I try to get at least 30 minutes of yoga 2-3 times a week. If I can’t make it to a studio class, I do something from yogadownload.com, My Yoga Online, Yoga Today, a practice from On Demand (my cable provider) or my own flow. I’d love to take more classes at my studio but my schedule doesn’t allow it. So I do the next best thing.

I got so many ideas of ways to stretch my IT Band using blocks and straps. At the end of the class, I was in heaven. Every muscle that was angry and hostile going into the class was smiling. Ahhhhhhhh!

How was your weekend? Did you run? Do yoga? Climb a mountain?

26 comments on “Yoga For Runners

  1. I could definitely go for some Yoga right now!

    It’s getting chilly here too!

    I had a great weekend with family and friends! (The scavenger hunt went really well! FUEWF!) πŸ˜‰

    I did a mix of cardio and weight training!

    Have a great Monday!
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  2. I did everything but the climb a mountain part. Maybe next weekend. πŸ™‚

    Yoga or pilates enables me to workout more. If I don’t do it I feel sore and stiff and my back will act up. I try to get at least 15 minutes in each workout.
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  3. I’m a runner who started yoga to avoid injury when training for my marathons & I’ve fallen in love with it! Of course my hamstrings need stretching, but I’m always amazed at how tight my lower back gets- I love doing an easy forward fold every few miles to release it.

    Also check out YogaGlo.com for home yoga- they have a really great interface & tons of choices for styles/length/meditation/etc.

  4. In L.A., 60 degrees is cold to run in. 30 degrees and the city shuts down.

    I hate yoga. I know, I know, I’m a heretic, but I just do. I appreciate it’s value, I even feel good after I do it, I recommend it to people, but I’d rather shave my head with a cheese grater than do it myself. I have found that if I spend a LOT of time with the foam roller it helps me tremendously with post-running soreness, flexibility, etc.. Not as effective as yoga, perhaps, but I have to be real with myself about what I’m willing to do….

    I did a 7 mile road/trail run yesterday and spent a lot of time rolling out sore hip flexors and calves afterward. Working my way up to a 10 mile trail distance this month, as I have a 12 mile trail race in November.

    Do you ever use the foam roller?
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  5. Wow! How unusual to have a room full of runners doing yoga! I’m often the only runner in the room, or at least the only obvious runner with tight hamstrings. πŸ™‚ I’m terrible about getting yoga in each week… thanks for the inspiration! Especially to hep prevent injury. I should be all over that!
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  6. Totally agree – yoga is a great way for runners to stretch and relax! The Yoga for Athletes workshop sounded awesome πŸ™‚ This weekend I ran, did some yoga and hiked a very small hill!

  7. Holy cow, 30 degrees already??! I’ve been gravitating more and more to yoga lately. I went to a class on Friday that was all about hips and hamstrings. OMG was I tight! But it felt great. I’m trying to practice more regularly. I think that my body would like that. And yes, let’s discuss yoga teacher training, shall we? πŸ˜‰
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    1. Isn’t it crazy how you don’t feel tight until you start to get into the poses? I swear I felt like I had just had a massage after the class. Hmmm…where to begin on the yoga teacher training? πŸ™‚

  8. I have been doing yoga for as long as I have been running , 40 years, so I concur that it is a great help to us runners (and cyclists and swimmers). I actually did climb up a 12,000 ft mountain last week and went men. biking the next day. Ran Sat,rode sun. and swam today. Will run again tomorrow at five a.m. before work. I love running in the cold and dark. Feel like the only one alive!

  9. I love yoga for runners. My yoga studio has a 2 hr workshop once a month but I kee missing it. Hopefully I can catch it next month. I did attend a 1 hour session at Equinox this past weekend (thanks to Ashley of HappierHealthierBear.com) and it was great!
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