Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Posted by Laura at 9:11 PM
Yoga is supposed to be helpful for runners. In fact, I will quote an article that I found written by Baron Baptiste titled "Yoga for Runners"
"During the course of an average mile run, your foot will strike the ground 1,000 times. The force of impact on each foot is about three to four times your weight.
Ok, so stick with me on this.....26,100 foot strikes over the course of a marathon multiplied by 3.5 times your weight (I'm keeping that secret) = 15,529,500 pounds of impact on your feet. Now, I'm not sure if that is PER foot, or if that number is divided between the two feet, but either way, it's a lot of pressure on the runner's feet. So, in that light, cut us some slack when we say that our backs, knees, hamstrings, feet, and hips hurt.
"If you bring your body into balance through the practice of yoga, you can run long and hard for years to come. Although yoga and running lie on opposite ends of the exercise spectrum, the two need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, running and yoga make a good marriage of strength and flexibility.
So, I get it, I get it. Try Yoga, right? Well, I after a three year break, returned to yoga this evening. During my meditative final phase of this evening's yoga session, ( I don't know what it is technically called, sorry) I was thinking about Ms. Running Fool's most recent post about how to be a good friend to a runner. Well, my non-running friends ROCK - just take a look at this photo of KEB (non-running follower), Me (runner), and HC (non-running water/orange provider on long runs). All three of us went to Yoga tonight (after I ran 4 miles) and it was fabulous! I felt elongated, I felt loosened, I felt restored. I felt that I need to do this again very, very soon! I feel great, and blessed....Namasté.