In The Groove

Today I had a really good run, I woke up early (but not too early since I have the day off work, just at 5:30 since I still need to beat the heat) and got a solid 35 minutes of comfortable running completed.

I wore a hat for the first time while running, a hat made by Brooks promoting my local Fleet Feet store. I have to admit, the freedom of not having to figure a way to keep my hair back (since it is too short for a ponytail now) was pretty nice. I think I’ll try wearing it again on my long run this weekend to see how it feels. I don’t want something that will make me too hot or uncomfortable, but I really appreciated the ease of just popping on a cap. (As opposed to popping a cap in someone… that’s entirely different!)

I found something interesting online today, the USATF Stretch Study. Basically they’re looking for runners who can commit to participating in a study on the benefits of a pre-run stretch over a 3-month time period. I filled out the questionnaire for the study and was placed in the non-stretching group. I rarely stretch before a run, instead I prefer to walk for about 5 minutes to warm-up. So, while this isn’t a change of pace on anything I’m doing in my current running, I can be part of something that might provide beneficial information for all of us runners out there.

Express Flexibility

But speaking of stretching, I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS stretch after a run. I usually do a few static stretches for various leg muscles right at the end, but then I spend 15 minutes doing this awesome yoga routine that I got from the iTunes store. It’s part of the Nike+ series they feature on there.*
Kimberly Fowler – Yoga for Runners: Express Flexibility

I’m a yoga gal, have been practicing since 1996 or 1997 so this is a routine that speaks to me. Yeah, it’s an extra 15 minutes out of my day that I have to plan into my schedule, but it has made a huge difference in how I feel after running. Plus, if you don’t know anything about Kimberly Fowler, she’s pretty awesome. She was hit by a car during a bike race, used yoga as part of her recovery process to eventually become a triathlete. After that, she was diagnosed with cancer and given a very short window to live. That was over 20 years ago and she is still going strong. I have heard really good things about her Yoga for Athletes DVD, which I would love to get. However I feel like I keep buying more and more stuff for myself with this running habit (there are so many fun run toys out there). Plus I have a birthday coming up, maybe I’ll use some birthday money to get it at some point. Actually, if I get any money for my birthday it will probably just go straight into my fundraising pot.

(Apparently I am the queen of parenthetical blog additions today.)

*Have any of you runners out there tried the Nike+ coached workouts in the iTunes store? What have your experiences with those been?

One comment

  1. I love wearing hats when I run, I never thought I would, but my brother convinced me to do it. Something about the hat pulling sweat away from your head, and acting like an umbrella of sorts in the pouring rain. My Brooks hat was the one I wore in a torrential downpour, it was awesome!

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