Yoga is an excellent complement to running: it stretches out and lengthens muscles, counteracting the tightening effects of the repetative movements of running. Yoga also works on core strength, the foundation for a solid form when running, and essential in combating injury. Often runners neglect stretching, as it is boring and one has little time for it. Scheduling at least one yoga session per week will provide an immense payoff. It works the whole body – reducing risk of injury and maintaining health.
Today was a day for me to rejuvenate and benefit from yoga. I stretched out my tired, aching muscles. An interval workout from earlier in the week had left my calves and hamstrings tight and sore. A quality Yoga DVD for flexibility with Rodney Yee did wonders for me this morning. I can now walk down the stairs without clutching to the banister for support!
Tomorrow I have a trail race, the second in a series of 6, in the AKTIV TRAIL RUNNING series, so I opted not to do a hard workout this morning. Knowing when to rest is as important as knowing when to train hard. Without time to rejuvenate, muscles that have been torn down in hard workouts are not allowed to heal, and that is when breakdown and injury results.