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PostHeaderIcon Is it called cross training?

Ok, so I did yoga today.  And yoga for runners.  And I mean, when you run a lot.  Well, it isn’t all that fun sometimes.  Tight hamstrings.  Tight hip flexors.  Tight quads.  But.  But.  It’s all necessary.  At least I think it is.  And wouldn’t you know it – I happen to have a sister who’s a yoga teacher.  And a damn good one at that.  And let’s be clear, there’s no doubt she takes a little extra care of her sister when I’m in class.  And damn those it-hurts-so-good pigeon positions.

But it works – and I know this.  And frankly, I actually crave it.  I know I can’t just run.  And run.  And run.  And not build my core.  Or my shoulders or my back.  Or my many many muscles that frankly aren’t actually engaged when I’m running so much.  So yeah, yoga works for me.  And sometimes it’s the longest hour and a half *ever*.  But I’m always glad I did it.  Always glad I persevered.

Wait, that sounds familiar.  When I make sure I really commit to the run?  Yeah, always glad I persevered.  Always. And in that, I get an extra special kick out of having sore muscles – proves I pushed myself that time, proves I stepped it up a bit.  Proves I still can challenge myself.

And those sore muscles from a run or some weight work?  Oh, let’s go ahead and circle back to the peace yoga brings my runners body.  That’s what it is.  It says “ok, I get what it is you do. and now we’re gonna soothsay it a bit, give it some juice, give it some love, so you can actually keep on keeping on.”

That’s what yoga does for me. For my running.  For my training.  For me.  And oh yeah, it’s 1-11-11.

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