I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend! The weekend was so relaxing and my time was well spent with family and friends. I am beyond blessed! 🙂 If you follow me on instagram (fyi, my favorite social media platform! I just love pictures!) I posted a bunch of pics from the weekend. Here’s a collage from the weekend (it was my brother’s birthday…hence the cake and candles 🙂 ).
Marathon Training Update
Since my last marathon training update, my foot was really hurting. Saturday morning I decided I would try to run on it. I went 5 miles and it felt okay for the most part.
I corresponded with Kristin from Stamped with a Heart earlier last week and talked a bit about yoga. (One of my weaknesses is stretching! I hate to admit it, but I probably don’t stretch nearly enough as I should). I’ve tried yoga in the past and really enjoy it as a form of exercise and stretching. It is a refreshing break from pounding the pavement for 18+ mile runs. Below are some of the reasons Kristin gave me for the benefits of pairing yoga and running.
#1- It can help prevent running injuries, #2- it builds overall stamina, stability, flexibility, which are all great things for running, and #3- yoga truly helps achieve a better mental focus while running, which leads to better physical output.
With Kristin’s advice, I decided to do some yoga over the weekend. I’m not in any kind of yoga class (yet), but I do have a yoga DVD. I could tell after my first run through with the yoga, my foot and leg felt more stretched and relaxed. So, I did it the next day and it made quite the difference! Now, my goal for the next month is to keep up the yoga so that I will be nice and stretched for my runs AND marathon ready!
I also ran 6 miles yesterday and the foot felt good during my run (which I think could be a good sign!?) It still will hurt if I walk too much or stand too long, but at least I’m not limping. I’ll take all the progress I can get!
Question of the Day:
Any runners out there that pair running and yoga!? What are your thoughts on taking classes? Are they worth the investment or will yoga DVD’s do the trick?