The first time I heard that yoga was not good for a runner was from a...running coach! I didn’t believe it at first because I practiced yoga for an hour a day, every day, and ran a 2:52:00 Boston Marathon. So, yoga isn’t good for runners huh? I feel that practicing yoga while I train connects my mind and body in the areas of strength and determination which are the foundations of SISU. It is easy to talk ourselves out of warming up and focusing before a workout. Yoga gives us the strength and determination to face our own internal adversity and give back to our body in a positive way; another foundation of SISU.
During these cold winter days it is especially important before you run to get your body physically warmed up to avoid injury, and just to not be freezing before you even hit those snowy roads! I thought that sending a link to a video by famous yoga guru Tara Stiles for you to follow along would be better than listing out yoga poses that you would have to look up later, or weren’t familiar with. (Or maybe I should start making my own videos!) Until then, for easiness, and for time's sake :)
And...Something to warm you up after the run :)
Acorn Squash Soup
1/2 red onion
2 cups water
1/2 cup coconut milk
Roast whole squash in oven for 40 minutes
Remove squash. Cut and peel of skin.
Dice onion, simmer with a little olive oil
Add squash to pot with water
Cover and simmer for 20 minutes
Add spices (red pepper flakes, sea salt, chili powder)
Simmer for 10 minutes
Add coconut milk
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes
Vitamix the soup and enjoy!
Top with sesame seeds and dried cranberries
P.S. Here are some pages from Yoga Magazine! (It includes a great Raw Food Detox Program)