Normally, the only exercise I do (other than walking to and from work each day) is running. I’ve never been a gym bunny (can’t afford the membership), have no interest in swimming (not very good at it) and while I like the idea of cycling, I don’t own a bike any more. So, when I signed up for Juneathon, I knew that it was going to be a bit of challenge trying to find some kind of exercise to do on my non-running days.
Fortunately though, thanks to the powers of the internet and the wonder of all wonders that is You Tube, I didn’t have to look too far to find some kind of non-running exercise for this evening.
Yoga For Runners
The truth is, I’ve been thinking about doing Yoga for a while now. As a youngster, I used to be pretty flexible and could put my legs around my head and walk on my hands with the best of them; but these days I can barely get close enough to my feet to pop my blisters – a necessary evil for the aspiring ultra-marathoner!
So, as I am having a rest day from running, I decided that now would be a good time to try out some yoga. Apart from the aforementioned foot butchery, I thought that a bit of yoga might help loosen up the old muscles, so when I got home from work this evening, I changed into some comfortable clothes, positioned myself on the rug (I don’t have a yoga mat) and attempted to follow this little video that I found on You Tube.
To be honest, it really wasn’t as easy as it looks and, while I did my best to mimic the various stretches and poses, the only part that I really managed to do properly was the bit at the end where you lie on the floor and breathe.
Still, as with anything, yoga takes a bit of practice, so I’m not going to give up on it just yet. In fact, I plan to repeat this workout on all of my non-running days this week to try to get the hang of it and see if it makes a difference to my general flexibility and ease of movement when running.
Are you taking part in Juneathon? Do you practice yoga? Have you tried any new types of exercise to help compliment your running? Please share your thoughts in the comments.