I found running on the treadmill weirdly relaxing today. I was super keen to shake out my legs after being on the spin bike the other day (I realised it has actually been approximately a whole year since I’ve been on a spin bike… let’s just say I lost a wee bit of spinning fitness and was tossing and turning all night in bed because my legs felt like they were going to fall off), and so I turned on the tv and read a magazine on the treadmill (okay actually I just spaced out and stared at the pictures of clothes I can’t afford) and blasted my music and before I knew it a whole hour had passed.
Awesome quality photo, you are welcome. How do people actually take proper photos while running? I am confused about that. I kinda like the photo though because it shows how I would look with short hair and as someone who has had long hair their whole life, this is a novelty to me.
Speaking of hair, I came home and washed it with the wrong shampoo and for realsies, my hair smells like a strawberry Dunkaroo now. Do you guys know what those are? Kangaroo shaped biscuits (cookies 😉 ) dipped into icing, genius. Standard lunchbox fare in NZ back in my day, those bad boys got you some serious respect in the playground.
So I was beyond inspired by everyone who ran Boston last week and particularly proud of one of my blog besties Lisa from TechChick Adventures (go check out her blog, it is awesome and she is super sweet!) for running it on her birthday! Thinking about hardcore people like her who ran Boston also made me think of how incredibly sore my hip flexors and hamstrings would be after a marathon, they get mad at me even when I do anything over ten miles so I can’t imagine doing almost three times that!
So in honour of all you people who run marathons and races and are super awesome and inspire me to run and love running like you do: Some of my fave yoga stretches for sore running muscles.
Let’s get down to business people.
Downward facing dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana– reach those heels towards the ground (mine are reaching but obviously not on the ground because remember I am not flexible in the least 🙂 ) and feel the stretch in your hamstrings. Ouch 😉
I love to remind myself during my first few downward dogs that it is the first time of the day I am doing it and so of course it feels completely uncomfortable. It is AMAZING how much better it feels after doing a few and breathing into them for a few minutes. I also find this a really calming pose.
Pigeon pose, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – One of my faves ever for those hip flexors. I look super deep here, I know 😉
Lizard pose, Utthan Pristhasana– sooo good on the hip flexor. And by good I mean slightly uncomfortable aswell, hence why I am holding all my tension in my hand and why it looks weird FYI 🙂
Seated forward fold, Paschimottanasana- Otherwise known as the pose which my body finds a teeeeeensy bit challenging (if you could see my face in this photo you would see it contorted into all sorts of scary expressions). So good for stretching out those hamstrings and lower back though.
Happy baby pose, Ananda Balasana– I think of this as like a massage for the hip flexors and a stretch for the hamstrings. Plus you can’t help but feel happy when you are in such a ridiculous looking pose 😉
Butterfly pose, Badhakonasana– A great stretch for the inner thighs, groin, and knees. Which I’m sure are probably not feeling too great after running 26.2 (and if they are feeling great then please give me your tips on that 🙂 ).
If you want a great article on other poses for hips that doesn’t have awkward pictures of me attempting to look normal doing yoga on the balcony, THIS one is really good 🙂
The rest of my day consisted of awesome dinner from my work:
Dessert from my amazing pastry chef bestie (yes I ate it off a lid, I am not even trying to pretend to be classy here 🙂 ):
And attempting to study while someone just had to practice some yoga on my back 🙂 Don’t try this at home, kids. Seriously, don’t, I feel like we are lucky this didn’t end in tears. Good thing we are both young and that my bestie is a tiny little fairy girl so it really did just feel like a baby crow (the pose she is doing) on my back 🙂 I was really cold in this pic hence the hat, so attractive I know.
Who has run a marathon? Who has run more than one?? Details please!! 🙂 – I have never run a marathon but I am sure I will at some point.
What is your favourite stretch for runners?