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.
Item– Big 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.
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:
— Kurtis Marlow (@KurtisMarlow) December 6, 2013
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.
Do you use yoga as part of your training? Are you guilty of not stretching?
What is your favorite running stretch?