Yoga for Marathon Training

With the L.A. Marathon only 13 weeks away, my training schedule has me running 14 miles this weekend and three times during the week, averaging 30 miles total per week.  Unfortunately, all of the running has my muscles wound up so tightly, that my Ashtanga practice has become quite painful.  I consulted my teacher and she advised me to practice with the intention of lengthening instead of deepening.  So, I guess my Prasarita Padottanasanas won’t have me comfortably resting the crown of my head on the floor anymore.  Fortunately, all of the stretching and core-building work encompassed in yoga, has my legs feeling light and my form strong and aligned on the long weekend runs.

The running is definitely benefiting more from the yoga than the other way around.  But, I’m now experimenting with fewer weekly runs, thus lower overall mileage, while still completing the long-distance runs on Sundays.  This way I can keep practicing Ashtanga four days a week and hopefully feel less stress on my muscles.  We’ll see if that training modification negatively affects how I feel on my long runs.  Experimenting is so fun…..

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