Good morning and happy Wednesday! As I have been incorporating yoga more frequently into marathon training, I have also been noticing a significant improvement in my long runs. At the beginning of this training cycle, I focused mostly on cardio type cross training activities, such as spinning or HIIT workouts. After a few miserable long runs, halfway through my training plan I decided to start incorporating brief yoga sessions at the beginning of the week to recover from my long run.
Ever since I began adding in some yoga, my long runs have improved immensely. Sure, I’m still really tired at the end and have some moments where I question myself, but the overall workout goes so much smoother. Maybe it’s just in my head, since I believe my body is more recovered after doing yoga, or maybe my body actually does get the stretching and strength it needs from these yoga sessions. Either way, I’ll take it!
As I’ve been experimenting with different yoga routines and moves these past few months, I’ve discovered which moves seem to help me the most and allow me to head out for my next run feeling the most recovered.
I wanted to share some of the most effective poses I’ve found yet and they are great for beginners!
Yoga Poses for Runners:
Kneeling Quad Stretch
Viparita Kirani/Legs Up the Wall
I’ve been starting my week off with yoga on Mondays and am just loving the difference. Not only has my running stamina improved, but my mental game has as well. There is something to be said about focusing on your breathing and strength to help recover tired legs.
Have a great Wednesday! Namaste:)