Hello Longevity Seekers!
How are you out there?!
It has been quite some time since we last spoke!
Things are progressing nicely and I am finding myself quite busy these days. What about you?
I had mentioned a few bothersome aches and pains due to running, but thankfully I have been able to work through ALL of them!
Various yoga routines have been the most KEY point in running without an injury. Many of the poses have really opened my mind and in turn my body.
Usually I begin with forward bends and move on to various hip opening poses. Many of the “running preparatory” poses, or so I like to call them, help enormously while I am in the act of running.
Allowing the hips, glutes and hamstrings to be stretched throughout any given session is REALLY HELPFUL when I am doing a long run! Usually 6-7+ miles. (Hopefully I will be able to add about a mile or two this week to the 7 mile mark!)
So I usually start with:
Forward Bend – Uttanasana – To wake up the hamstrings! I usually hold this pose for 3 minutes. Inhale. move into…
Exhale…Upward Salute – Urdhva Hastasana – Usually to rejoice I am about to RUN!!! BIG Inhale…
Exhale… Standing Half Forward Bend – Ardha Uttanasana – This is usually added as a variation to the forward bend because it allows me to check on my taste tester and at times feel the stretch in my back !
I usually repeat this series 3 more times before I move onto the next sequence of poses.
I begin in Tadasana and place my arms to my side palms down toward the floor and step one foot to the right. This way I am ready to practice the next pose.
Prasarita Padottanasana I – Wide Leg Forward Bend – This is usually a very intense stretch for the hamstrings, calves, inner part of the thigh, glutes and part of my lower back. Since this is usually challenging the first time I practice this asana I usually touch the floor with my palms and hold the pose for about 2-3 minutes. Once I am warmed up, I place my elbows on the ground and really intensify this stretch. However, when practicing ALWAYS stay in the present tense and B.R.E.A.T.H.E!!! Just stay comfortable!
From this pose I usually angle one foot and move into Parsvottanasana – Intense Side Stretch Pose – which is REALLY helpful on the inner part of the thigh, glutes and lower back. I hold this pose on each side.
Although I move into more poses I am wondering if you are bored right about now??? If you would like more poses comment below and I can do a special sequence post for before and after a run!
With the exception of this evening, I would like to run a few times in the a.m. this week. Let’s see if I can’t shake things up a bit. I say this because I am not usually a morning person! AT ALL! But, I digress.
I would like to run 25+ miles this week. That is the goal. I am confident I will be able to run a half marathon by the fall. I find it takes me until about mile 4 to feel warmed up, which is great on longer runs and not to good while running 3 miles or less. That isn’t to say I can’t run, just not as warmed up I suppose. Maybe that is why I see people running prior to a race….hmmmm.
I did meet my goal to run on my birthday! This birthday was truly a wonderful day! I ran a 5k next to the beach, enjoyed a great dinner with my taste tester and GREAT friend Ignacio! He is studying at the University of Santa Barbara at the moment and coincidentally enough the college was just across the street from the Beach where the race was! Yeah!
We talked and hung out until it was time to drive back to the LA area. I hope to do a few more Wednesday Evening races.
It appears that many of the races in June and on are DURING THE WEEK and THE WEEKEND! Yeah! The summer seems to invite more activity around these parts!
Lots of Yoga, Lots of Meditation and LOTS OF LOVE ahead this next month and beyond. I am currently looking for some really cool giveaways this year and am so thankful to my SUBSCRIBER out there! (You know who you are beautiful! Look for something in the mail for you…)
and for the ZING…
Yoga Journal has recently written an article about a Homemade Sports Drink. It is titled “Fix yourself a Drink” and can be found on page 28. If you don’t receive Yoga Journal I have copied the recipe below…
Homemade Sports Drink (NOT VEGAN)
1/2 tsp honey
1 cup hot water
Juice from quarter of a lemon
Combine ingredients, stir, and chill the drink in the refrigerator to enjoy later. Drink before and after exercise.
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