But taper doesn't mean rest, and with my training plan, I do an active taper. I'll continue to log miles and go to CrossFit.
I'll also continue with what has been a game saver for me...yoga.
This isn't the first post I've written that I've gushed about the benefits of yoga for my running. You know that I've been doing yoga for almost as long as I've been running. But for some reason with this training cycle, I've relied more on yoga than ever to help me recover from those tough workouts and long runs. I've also been battling with plantar fasciitis, and I credit yoga with keeping me on the road.
I've been doing my weekly yoga class at the studio where I practice. After my long runs, I do my own Yoga for Runners routine. This routine is chock full of hip and hamstring openers. But if I had to pick 5 key moves for recovery, which poses would I choose?
Oooh, this is tough....and it was after Sunday's long run. I took all these pictures after that run to show you just how beneficial yoga is for runners! After I did these poses, my feet felt better and my legs felt looser. The first attempt at each pose was not easily done, in fact, it was quite painful! But once things opened up, I felt that "ahhhhhh"....
Most importantly for this runner, downward dogs stretch out my achilles, my calves, my feet, and my hamstrings. I do them frequently and I do them often. I can't get my heels to the floor, never have, but with every DD I do, I get a little bit closer. Hey, a gal can dream, right?
|Downward dog. It's not pretty, but it's effective.|
|Low lunge with quad stretch|
|Half pigeon with backbend|
|Half pigeon with quad stretch|
|Legs up the wall. Best. pose.ever.|
|Yoga for Runners|
Do you do yoga? What are your favorite poses for recovery?