Monday, July 23, 2007

Oh...ow...

Yesterday I decided to try and get as much out of my unlimited yoga pass as possible, so I hit back to back classes - Discover Yoga and Power Pilates. Discover Yoga was great - it was a bit more basic than some of the the other classes I have gone to, but I really liked the instructor. Despite it being a fairly large class she made a point of trying to give us all adjustments and individual encouragement throughout the poses. After yoga was over I popped into the room next door for Power Pilates - and boy that was a great workout! With Power Pilates the excercises are strung together so you are continually moving throughout the session so you get a better workout. I think I am definitely going to try to do this combo on Sundays a few more times before my pass expires at the end of next month. Power Pilates continues as a drop in class on Sundays in the fall, so I may try to attend a few times, depending on how the back to back long runs on Saturdays and Sundays go. I actually feel a bit sore after all that yesterday - a bit of tightness in my hip flexors, abs, obliques and back. I love that post workout soreness though. Tonight I have 5 miles on tap, although I haven't quite decided where to run yet.

5 comments:

Amanda said...

I have just recently started doing yoga, as I used to be too impatient, but I am reallly starting to love it. I feel a different kind of triumph from doing it than running and I'm sure it's helped me become stronger.

Ken said...

You are on a roll! My knees can't handle the yoga and the rest of my body hates the Pilates.

TNT Coach Ken

Jason said...

Do you find that the yoga helps your running at all? I've never done it but thought about giving it a whirl.

Runner Gal Leana said...

Thanks for the kudos Coach Ken!

Jason, I can't say whether yoga has helped my running yet since I haven't been at it too long. I think the stretching definitely helps a lot, and I'm sure I'll see benefits in my running and overall flexibility with time. Plus it is great to have a more quiet workout to help provide some balance!

Lynda Lippin said...

The core strength from the pilates should help improve your running, especially working on strengthening your inner thighs, glutes, and hamstrings and stretching your calves and quads. Keep on with this!

Lynda
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