Exit the workplace to beeline directly for the epic Ferris wheel that has sprouted up nearby in just the last few days? Why not.
I was pretty much highly excited about the Ferris wheel and light show that Sydney has just whipped out recently so please excuse my manic giggling and breathless exclamations of glee.
We worked up quite the appetite with riding the Ferris wheel and admiring the pretty lights and extended our beeline to Chinatown for Korean food. Most random night ever, yes. Aka how I roll every single day of my life 😉
It was kinda crazy though, the second I got off the Ferris wheel my hip flexors felt so intensely sore that it was hard to walk for a few minutes. I know I go on and on about my hip flexors but as a runner I am pretty sure I am not the only one whose hip flexors are on their mind 78% of the time, am I right?
While I would like to blame the ferris wheel (that bad boy was awesome but was definitely more for people who are bestie size (eg 5ft) rather than Jessie size (eg 5ft8) and being bunched up in it did not feel great), I am pretty sure it had more to do with my glorious five mile run earlier in the day. Obviously the whole running thing isn’t going to change but there are more things I can be doing to take care of my hips, such as:
-Warming up properly before my runs. This is so important because apparently when the hip flexor is not warmed up/has been sitting it tends to tighten and shorten, and so if you then go straight into running of course the poor thing freaks out. Dynamic stretching with extra focus on the hip flexor (great video for it here) is the way to go and I seriously need to start doing it. Isn’t it weird how I am not lazy about going for a beastie run but I am lazy about warming up for all of five minutes? Yeah, I don’t know what that is about.
-Foam rolling! Me and my blue foam roller need to spend some more intimate time together. Good video on foam rolling the hip flexors here.
-Incorporate more variety of hip flexor poses into my yoga practice. I am a big fan of pigeon pose and tend to roll with that almost every time, but I also love:
Reclining hero pose, Supta Virasana:
It’s hard to see in the above pic but my back is slightly arched to engage my hip flexors. The random workout clothes combo was born out of my being too lazy to change out of my shirt that I was already wearing. I took the second two photos when I got home from work later and my laziness had increased to the point where I didn’t even put on yoga leggings and just wore my jeans and odd socks and rolled with that for the pics. I am sorry that I am flashing you a little but but we are all friends here so I know you understand.
Wild thing, Camatkarasana:
Three-legged downward-facing dog split, Tri Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana:
-And finally, a few of my fave yoga videos for tight hip flexors:
This one is nice and relaxing and the time goes SO fast:
A bit of Ali Kamenova if you want something more intense and vinyasa-ey:
Yoga for both hip flexors and hamstrings- areas that runners tend to be just a teensy bit tight in 😉
And deep hip opening level one and two by my fave Sarah Beth depending on where you’re at:
Do you get sore hip flexors from running? What stretches do you do to relieve them?
Are you scared of heights? – Let’s just say I gripped bestie’s hand pretty tight when we were on the top of the ferris wheel. I don’t know how that would really help me if something were to go wrong but I compulsively needed to do it anyway.
Do you ever eat with chopsticks? – I don’t have any at home but I always eat with them when I am out having Asian food. I spent a month in Japan when I was 15 and I learnt then as a result of being ashamed of always being given the kiddie chopsticks because I wasn’t good with the adult ones.