I used to be pretty flexible. Do you remember doing the sit and reach test during PE in middle school? I could reach past what the ruler measured (Go me!). But one of the downsides (I can’t believe I just typed that!) of running is that it makes you less flexible. I learned that the hard way when I was diagnosed with SI dysfunction during marathon training and my physical therapist said I was one of the least flexible clients she ever had. So stretching must be part of my routine if I want to keep my body in the best shape possible for running to prevent injury.
As I’ve been adding on the miles for my ultra marathon training, I can tell I need to stretch more than ever! As a mom of 4, I’ve experienced first hand how pregnancy can cause joints, particularly my hips, to get out alignment, which can lead to aches and injuries as a runner. Here are a few of my favorite yoga poses which can help strengthen and stretch those areas:
Standing Forward Fold with Ragdoll Arms:
Lord of the Fishes Pose:
Pigeon Pose (Note: this pose is not good for the condition I currently have: SI Dysfunction but it is a great hip opener)
Extended Triangle Pose:
There are many resources for Yoga online, from SparkPeople, to one of my favorites: Yoga Journal, and YouTube has a ton of options as well. There are so many wonderful benefits from yoga/stretching–flexibility, strengthening muscles and joints and it can even help improve your mood. What are some of your favorite stretches? Namaste.
Never Give Up,