YOGA FOR RUNNERS

YOGA FOR RUNNERS

I’ve often heard that yoga is great for runners, and that running is terrible for yogis. Sure, that's an exaggeration, but I think most of us can agree that running isn't ideal for your flexibility. Yoga is a GREAT counter activity for running, getting to stretch out sore muscles AND build strength. 

You can usually feel where you need a good stretch, it’s typically a given. As a runner, you’ve likely experienced difficulty walking - like muscles are so sore it’s hard to walk to the fridge - ? it’s those muscles: quads, hips, and glutes that usually need the most love. 

Here are my favorite ways to stretch it out. Make sure you hit both sides! 

OM Diaries with Stephanie Main

OM Diaries with Stephanie Main

Tell us a bit about yourself...

When did you start practicing yoga? What do you love most about it?

I found yoga in 2003 while at UCLA. My roommates and I went to a yoga for athletes class and I was hooked. I loved how I felt after both physically and mentally. My mind and body so felt relaxed after each class.

OM Diaries with Erin Gilmore

OM Diaries with Erin Gilmore

Tell us a bit about yourself...

When did you start practicing yoga? What do you love most about it?

I started practicing yoga as a freshman fashion student at FIT in the early 2000’s. It reminded me of the dance classes that I thrived in growing up, and I loved that. It was transformative to once again be exploring my body and how it feels as I move it; as opposed to forcing myself to move as a punishment and a means to look a certain way. I absolutely loved the way this practice slowly brought me back to focusing on what this container holds, instead of how perfectly it looks while holding it.

What’s your favorite thing about teaching yoga?

I love watching people figure out how to manage and stay with themselves. Peeling off stories, examining their personal mythology, and using the practice to repair any non-useful reactions to both themselves and their world.

HIIT Yoga and Race Cross-training Q&A with Jamie King

HIIT Yoga and Race Cross-training  Q&A with Jamie King

Flex & Flow HIIT Yoga | Race Cross Training and Q&A with Jamie King


Other than middle school track meets and a 5k I ran with #sweatpink in Seattle last year, I’m very new to the racing world and therefore very new to the training for a race world. I venture out on weekly runs with our Flex & Flow Run Club in Portland, OR, but other than Saturday morning runs, my run schedule/plan is non-existent. I run for the fun of it, the run dates and chats, and the way I feel after all the miles (and the coffee, of course).

Finally, a race for non-runners

Finally, a race for non-runners

Oh hey there, you non-runner, you. Have you long been jealous of all your runner friends and their races? Races just look so fun: the swag, the sense of community, the pride of having accomplished something.


I’ve long been a hanger-on supporter at races. I love going to cheer my friends on at finish lines because (1) I get to drink a beer early in the morning to celebrate all their hard work and (2) the energy and positive vibes from all those sweaty, accomplished people is addictive.

5 Gear Must-Haves - interview with EMPOWER Race Ambassador Susie Lemmer, Suzlyfe.com

5 Gear Must-Haves - interview with EMPOWER Race Ambassador Susie Lemmer, Suzlyfe.com

We caught up with popular run coach, marathoner, blogger and EMPOWER Race Series Ambassador, Susie Lemmer about her race day gear must-haves.

We learned that race success comes from having a plan, taking a little extra time to pay attention to details, and trusting your training and your gear strategy!

Susie says when it comes to gear on race day, these five things are essential to your success:

  1. Charged Technology! The worst thing that can happen to a nervous runner is getting to the race and finding out that his or her watch, phone, Bluetooth headphones, etc isn’t as ready to run as he or she is.

  2. Body Glide/anti-chafe anywhere there is a seam or change in fabric, and includes transitions from fabric to no fabric! Roll anti-chafe all over areas such as your bra straps around your chest and at the neck, the elastic band around your waist, the tops of your socks, behind your knees, around your toes. Particularly if it is a sweaty or rainy day! You are welcome ahead of time!

  3. Another time tested piece of advice is nothing new on race day. Don’t try new styles, and even if you buy something the day before that is the same style and size and brand as your normal clothes, try it on before to make sure it fits like you expect! Also, don’t try out new fuels the day of your race. Check out what fuel is going to be offered on course and either train with it or make sure that you have enough of your own. Trust me, you don’t want to revisit your fuel on the course!

Yoga for Improving Running Performance

Yoga For Improved Running Performance

Get on your mat and discover how yoga’s comprehensive combination of strength and flexibility can transform your running performance.
 
As a former college basketball player, marathon runner and all-around fitness enthusiast, I keep my body balanced, flexible and strong through a practice that started as torture: yoga. 

When I first began practicing yoga in 2007, I was tight, weak and immobile. Every pose hurt and made me questions why I was in the room. As an athlete, I never had felt so inept or outside of my comfort zone. 

I did not understand then why I pushed through the initial misery. I realize now that it was because yoga was making me a stronger, more flexible, less pain-ridden and happier person. 

OM Diaries with Nicci Randall

OM Diaries with Nicci Randall

Tell us a bit about yourself...

 

When did you start practicing yoga? What do you love most about it?
I started delving into yoga about 9 years ago and then took a real dive into the practice about 3 years later in Santa Cruz, Ca. Divinitree Yoga, anyone?

I love the balance between structure and flow, forcing me to strengthen the more stretchy parts of my body while still allowing me to move in a way that feels good in my own body. I love that everyone’s practice is their own. There is some kind of style for everybody, but we can still all come together to practice, learn, and have fun.

Today is the 108th anniversary of International Women’s Day

Today is the 108th anniversary of International Women’s Day

Who runs the motha f***ing world?

International's Women's Day is 108 years old (Fortune). Don't be fooled. This day of empowerment is not a new 'thing' derived from the current heated political atmosphere. Women have been protesting for peace and equality for a long damn time. Why? Because we are powerful and unstoppable people and will not stop until we get what we want and deserve. 100 years ago, in Saint's Petersburg, our women empowerment predecessors took to the streets to march for the end of World War I, in search of "Bread and Peace." Three things we are fans of: #bread #peace #empowerment.

8 EMPOWER Race Series Training Tips

8 EMPOWER Race Series Training Tips

We asked popular coach and runner, Jenny Maier, to dish on some of her best training tips. We learned from Jenny that it’s all about making choices in your training that set you up for success.


1. Ask for advice.  Even the most seasoned veteran runners can benefit from asking for advice about training, race selection and gear from the community.  Just make sure you’re asking the right people.  For gear, definitely seek out specialty running stores who will take a fair amount of time learning about you and your running before making recommendations to you based solely on your feet or what you’ve previously been in.