Friday, Friday, Friday!!!!! I don’t have any running photos today since I’m taking a day off the feet. But I can share a couch update:
Given the rumpled cushions and crumpled Rockstar energy drink, it looks like someone had a pretty good time.
Today I got to change things up with some light weights and then YOGA at my favorite studio: The internet.Today I went with this routine from yogadownload.com. Quick, straightforward, and running-specific!
So. Yoga and running. There’s sort of a debate whether the two help or hurt each other. Here’s what I found:
The (few) argument against yoga + running. Seems like there’s some evidence that increased flexibility could result in two things: 1) looser joints that are more susceptible to injury and 2) a reduced “running economy” which can slow you down. Read more in this article by Peak Performance and this article by Triathlete magazine. (There are also arguments that say yoga in general isn’t bad for runners, but specific types of yoga — like intense power yoga or heated yoga — could put too much strain on your body.)
The (many) arguments for yoga + running. People seem to think that yoga is good for runners because it increases your range of motion and strengthens areas that are typically weak in runners’ bodies, leading to decreased risk of injury. This brief Runner’s World article recommends yoga as a way to stretch and strengthen your full body while increasing range of motion — especially in the hips, glutes, and hamstrings. The yogis at Yoga Journal say that a full-body, diverse yoga practice helps balance the muscle rigidity in runners caused by their “specific sport training.”
And then there is a bunch of stuff about how yoga helps you connect with your mind, body, and breath… which I’m sure is very interesting but I’m not zen enough to go there.
Like always, there’s no black-and-white conclusion here. But I’m going to go ahead and say that from what I can tell, the general consensus is that basic yoga is a good thing for runners. There are a plethora of articles suggesting the positive and a far few suggesting otherwise. Case closed, in my opinion. Or at least for now.
Did you think that the gumbo was a case closed, too? False. It yielded gallons upon gallons… so I froze it. Yesterday we resurrected it. Yes, I have three drinks with my gumbo in case I burst into flames while eating it.Another strategy to surviving this supremely spicy creation is to serve it atop rice with lots of cheese and a touch of sour cream. If you can name one thing that cheese doesn’t make taste better, then I will mail you a frozen tub of gumbo. Ready, set, go!
And speaking of you guys — thanks so much for the tips and conversation this week! Loved hearing about shoe-drying strategies, eyewear stories, and gym memberships. Keep the riveting discussion coming and have a great weekend 🙂
- Do you do yoga? Do you think it makes you a better or worse runner?
- If you had to drink a six-pack of any energy drink right now, what would it be?
- What’s the #1 thing you’re looking forward to this weekend?