Trial Tuesday and an Itemized List #7

Item– Don’t forget – I will be doing my very first 5 for Friday Vlog that answers YOUR questions about me. Ask anything (ANYTHING?) in the comment section and I will randomly select 5 of your questions to answer next week. No topic is off limit unless it is something that I wouldn’t say in front of my Mum … she reads my blog … and I’m kinda-sorta trying to keep it clean here folks. On the plus side you get to hear my funny Canadian accent and I will try to say “toque” “aboot” and “eh” at least 10 times while wearing the dogs reindeer antlers and a foam red nose. Who doesn’t want to see that?!?

Item– There is a yucky tummy bug in our home. Let’s just say I am grateful to have more than one toilet in our house and leave it at that.

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ItemBig 1 and Big 2 will be home on Boxing Day (December 26th for my US friends) and stay for a few days before heading back to the Big City for the New Year.  Having them home for a few days makes me a Happy Mama even if they EAT. ALL. THE. FOOD.

Item– Little has his very first Christmas concert tomorrow evening. He get’s to play a demon and tell someone to “Shut Up.” I think the demons are responsible for kidnapping Santa in their attempts to ruin Christmas. Or maybe not. I’m not entirely sure what’s happening in the play because trying to get details out of a 6-year-old is painfully impossible. Highlights to come on Thursday.

Now on to Trial Tuesdays with Jan at Sprouts n Squats

As runners we know most of us are not stretching as much as we should after a run. If you are stretching enough after a run good for you! This week for Trial Tuesday I am sharing a yoga pose that has helped me and I am sure it will help you too.

A few months ago I was having issues with Hamstring Tendonitis and shortly before my first 10k race I took 5 days off of running. Taking time off before a race you have trained for can be scary. You wonder if you will lose all that you have worked so hard to achieve and start getting down on yourself. That Voice shows up at your doorstep and put’s doubt inside you. I stuffed That Voice in a small box, shipped her off to someplace cold and completed my first 10k race on November 3rd beating my goal time and spent the next 3 days with discomfort.

I have been in touch with a Kurtis Marlow, an RMT in our area and he shared with me some information about hamstrings I did not know:

Tight hips are going to aggravate your hamstring! Who Knew? Not this girl, that’s for sure.

Since Tweeting with Kurtis I have begun gentle stretching, specifically in the hip area, before a run and I spend at least 30 minutes stretching my hips and hamstring after a run. I can’t begin to tell you what a HUGE difference this has made for me. No more pain, no more hobbling after a long run, no tightness.

The Half Pigeon is my new favorite pose after a run. You can really feel the tightness leaving your body.

I have not had an opportunity to work with Kurtis personally yet, I am waiting to connect with a family doctor in our area. Once I do I will be asking for a referral, so I can claim my sessions on my insurance, and plan on making massage therapy part of my running routine. If you live in the Kingston, ON area I highly recommend getting in touch with Kurtis Marlow.

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Do you use yoga as part of your training? Are you guilty of not stretching?

What is your favorite running stretch?

Meet Anita


I am a wife to a retired Army Captain and present day shepherd, a mother to two Big's (20 & 19) and one Little (6) and new to running at the age of 42. I am hopelessly addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's. My family thinks I am crazy. The voices in my head say they may be right.

12 Thoughts on “Trial Tuesday and an Itemized List #7

  1. haha sometimes I say toque just because I like how my southern accent sounds when I say it! Can’t wait for your vlog!
    I am often guilty of not stretching enough. Shame on me! Thanks for sharing the pose/video.
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  2. Love the Vlog idea. That sounds like fun. I’ve never been partial to personally doing video – I’m too self conscious – but I love checking out others. Also sorry to hear about the stomach bug. There appears to be all kinds of icky stuff making its way around my office lately. Unfortunately, I fear that I’m catch one of the colds. NOOOOO. Hope everyone feels better.

    Oh, and you are right…we don’t stretch nearly as much as we should. We all stress the importance of it on a regular basis but we are terrible at taking our own advise. I really need to do better with that.
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  3. I almost never stretch. I just don’t like to. However, an ice bath after my last marathon worked wonders, instantly.

  4. I recently have been practicing stretching after my workouts with an Instructor through my employment. It really makes a big difference, it just feels so good! Sooo, questions about you, I already feel like I know so many personal stories about you but here goes. I would like to know the story of how you and Mr. Big met, any crazy place or strange thoughts that went through your mind? What is one crazy childhood memory you have that you laugh at even just thinking about it? Have you ever eaten a grass hopper or another creepy crawler in your life? Most embarrassing moment of your life, like any wardrobe malfunctions for example, we already got the pooping and peeing part down. What typically runs through your mind as you are actually running? Got the grocery list going or just rock’n to some serious tunes? If you had to hide something in a very secret place, where would you hide it? It would not be so secret anymore and then you will have to find a new hiding place but you know what I mean. If you were to do something super crazy, foolish and fun, like being a kid all over again, what would you do?
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    • We don’t realize how much better we can feel with some simple stretching after.

      You have come up with some very interesting questions :)

  5. Love that pose that you tried, I get tight hips too so I am going to need to try it out aswell. So cool that he tweeted with you :)

    I always spend at least 10 minutes stretching after I run. I never used to till I got injured and now I would never dream of skipping it. I always get really tight in my calves more than anywhere else.

    Thanks for joining in the link up as always <3 <3
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  6. I am definitely guilty of not stretching enough. Now I have to 3x a week at Physical therapy to make me 😉

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