Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I’ll try anything once: Yogi

Yesterday I tried something new. Before I started, my palms were sweaty and my heart was beating a bit faster than normal. I was certainly afraid that I was going to do it wrong – afraid that I might do something that would make it hurt. Shirt on? Off? Do I dim the lights and light some candles? After some anxious moments, I got on all fours and started. Yesterday I did “yoga for runners” for the first time.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally changing who I am. I’m no Yogi (a word that I just learned, that I can only assume either involves wheat grass juice and some sort of Bio Fuel Ford Fiesta or a picnic basket loving bear who plays baseball).  I’m still the fall over while putting on my underwear taco eating guy that you’ve all come to know and love. But, it became very obvious that I needed to tend to various parts of my body that had been neglected for far too long…..and maybe start neglecting other special areas that have received WAY too much attention. You see, after an otherwise lovely uptempo run late last week, my knee HURT.  Not just my knee, but my hamstring and glute too. My whole right side was a mess.

My knee had been giving me trouble off and on for months, but this was different.  Not only was it sore immediately after a run, but it was actually quite sore while I was just walking around. Any time that I put pressure on it while kneeling down it would hurt a lot. Bothering me during a run is one thing, but screwing up my white man swagger walk was something totally different.  Action needed to be taken!

Doing the single dad thing, I’ll often run and then immediately jump in my car for an hour on my way to work or run at lunch and then park my butt at my desk for 4 hours.  I had gotten out of the habit of foam rolling after each run and my muscles were paying the price. While I can’t change my schedule, I could certainly do the right things in the evening to set me up to be a bit more limber and flexible.  So, when I think of limber and flexible I think of yoga pants. And when I think of yoga pants I usually think of yoga, eventually.

The first session went.....okayish


So, here I am. Still sweaty after my 20 minute yoga session (youtube here). It honestly reminded me a lot of the Bikram yoga that I’ve done before, only MUCH more focused on my hamstrings and calves – certainly runner focused.  It was really nice to be able to have someone telling me exactly what to do vs trying to figure out what stretches to do on my own.  That I liked a lot. The yoga instructor really seemed like she knew what she was doing and spoke to the specific reasons for most of the stretches (to be honest though, I'm still not totally sold on the more touchy feely parts like "hands by your heart" or whatever).

Will it help cure me?  Time will tell. But, if it means that I’ll be running again soon, I really AM willing to try anything once, or maybe even twice.  Maybe even three times if there are yoga pants involved.

8 comments:

Sue's Ramblings said...

welcome to the yoga club :)

Carla Birnberg said...

Im in the club too.
all all all thanks to my IT BAND.

fueledbylolz.com said...

I tried yoga once...and once is where it will stay. Hashtag sore for days.

Gracie said...

I sometimes do "post-run with Figi McAlpine" off Youtube - it's also about 20 minutes and a great stretch after a long run.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

You in yoga pants is an interesting image...

Cathy said...

That's the same youtube yoga video I found and did for a month or so until I forgot about it and quit doing it. I really enjoyed it. Guess I should start it up again now that you've reminded me. :-)

Elaine said...

Just glad to know you WILL be wearing pants.

Gisgie Gendreau said...

There's always Rebecca Pacheco of Runner's World fame. My favorite 15-year-old and I do her sessions about three times a week. And she rarely tries to kill us!
http://www.runnersworld.com/runners-world-yoga-center