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Cross training is highly recommended for runners, but it’s often hard to find the time. For me, yoga is my ultimate cross training tool–maybe it’s yours too, maybe it isn’t, and maybe you just don’t know! But personally, I don’t have time to stretch
regularly at all after my run workouts, so a yoga flow focusing specifically on my problem areas is the ultimate in marathon cross training.
I’ve posted, and raved, about hot yoga 5 years ago when I was training for Ironman Louisville–and even went as far as to call it our secret weapon. It seriously was. We (my husband and I) were doing hot yoga regularly once a week.
The grueling 90 minute class, with temps pushing 100 degrees:
1. trained us to control our breathing while our physical body was under distress
2. trained us to control and strengthen muscles we never knew we had to hold certain poses
3. relaxed our muscles and opened our range of motion
The results were phenomenal. And during the Ironman, I undoubtedly utilized and reaped the benefits of regularly practicing.
Anyway, with 2 kids now I can’t really make it to hot yoga classes, but I try to fit in yoga as cross training early in the morning time–and when I do, I always feel a difference immediately. I typically create my own vinyasas on the fly, just addressing what my body needs as I go along.
Lately with my marathon training my upper body has been tight (which affects my form) and my core has been failing (which also affects my form).
I’ve done core HIITs, but yoga forces you to tighten your core 100% of the time–very similar to what I need to do over the course of my long runs.
Here’s the the yoga flow I’m loving lately. No crazy twists or inversions, just working on opening up my hips and tightening my core to hit each pose.
This sequence is:
2. Standing forward bend
3. Downward Dog
4. Warrior I
5. Warrior II
6. Reverse Warrior
7. Warrior II
8. Warrior I
9. Downward Dog
12. Downward Dog and repeat with opposite leg forward
If you’re looking for some more structure, but can’t make it to a class, definitely check out Grokker.com for a great selection of yoga videos (and everything else!). I also utilize yogabasics.com for pose information.
You may not know that I’m a secret yogi at heart, but I’ve posted a lot about yoga over the years. I always wished I had gotten certified to teach, but my first love–running–just always took up the majority of my time! I seem to be drawn back to yoga though whenever I need to refocus in some way (like after having kids, or in the nitty-gritty of marathon training!)
Do you have a secret fitness factoid to share about yourself?
What’s your favorite way to cross train?
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