Yoga, Yay or Nay?

As someone who’s been running races for about 7 years I’ve been told countless times that yoga is good for runners. Yet why do I never do it?

To be honest it seems boring. I don’t think I can stand being quiet that long and if I’m going to take an hour of my day to workout I want to do something that interests me more (running, strength training ect)

But since joining the BAC for women (Buffalo Athletic Club) I’ve been trying to force myself to try different classes. Yesterday I did a long run of 15 miles so I knew I didn’t want to do something not too intense to give my joint some recovery. Yes I could’ve totally taken the day off completely but I didn’t have work, kids were at school and I was bored so I decided to try a yoga class.

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed. My muscles and ligaments were really tight from the long run and it felt so good to stretch. I often neglect proper stretch and this forces me to really take the time to focus on this. The instructor had a few challenging poses but as soon as I was getting bored she’d switch it up. There were a few moments I was even breaking a sweat. But it wasn’t too crazy for this inflexible gal.

I’m really happy I tried this and think I’ll try to do at-least once a week. I guess the lesson is to try again even if it wasn’t best experience in the past and if you belong to a gym that has a variety of classes try different types. They may be beneficial to us as runners.

Are you a fan of yoga? Do you prefer at home or in a group setting? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic

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