Tried It Tuesday – Yoga?

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for Tuesday, but it might because tomorrow is my last day of work for this week! Yippee!  So as some of you may have realized, I haven’t been running much. So I am linking up with Sara from Lake Shore Runner for her Tried it Tuesday to talk about what I have been doing instead. (No I haven’t been laying in my bed binge watching Netflix… or have I?)LSR-Tried-it-Tuesday-500x499For the past three weeks I’ve been in a somewhat downward spiral with my GI system. It has been extremely frustrating, but in all honesty, was probably a much needed break for my body. While I am feeling little to no relief after my infusion last week, I was happy to report that I was able to finish the half on Sunday. Which is perfect timing since this week marks the start of NYCM training! Don’t worry… it started with a rest day and so far I was able to complete that with 100% success.

I started experimenting with a few different types of workouts while I was living a sedentary lifestyle (read: not running) and am pretty excited to continue to incorporate them into my weekly training routine. As we’ve talked about previously, I’m not so great with “cross training” or “strength training” exercises. They seem to be a flash in the pan type of workout for me, but thanks to some lovely friends, I have found a new respect and enjoyment (who am I?) out of pilates and yoga.

While I was stuck at home sick one day, all I wanted to do was sweat. I’d been discussing complaining  about my lack of exercise to a friend and they suggested I try yoga or pilates to get my sweat on. And honestly, I thought they were joking. In my mind, pilates does not equal running, and yoga is so far from running that it doesn’t involve sweat. Oh how naive I am.

In true millennial fashion, I went to the interwebs for an online pilates tutorial. After 15 minutes my whole entire body was shaking, I was drenched in sweat, and I called it quits. Oh hey Jamie, I don’t think we’ve met, I’m pilates… please enjoy some humble pie. That workout destroyed me. My arms, my core, my quads, were sore for DAYS. And although it may be hard to believe, I’m really not exaggerating.

I ended up borrowing a DVD with a 30 minute yoga and a 30 minute pilates workout. And I’ve been doing them religiously. Sometimes I got lazy tired and decided to only do half, but it kept me moving and flexible while the rest of my day was spent being pretty inactive. And let me tell you, I feel more toned. Although it’s not the same kind of workout as running, and it definitely does not give me the same type of runner’s high, I can feel the benefits already.

My legs felt strong during Sundays run. And although I was sucking major wind – pilates and yoga are the most cardiovascular of workouts – my form felt great. And I’m not sore. Something I definitely haven’t experienced post long-run before. Probably because I can now touch my toes… thanks downward dog.

Now that I’m back to running and starting to increase my milage again, I won’t be yoga’ing or partaking in pilates daily. But, I’d like to do one of the workouts at least once a week. If I could do both each week I’d be super excited. But for the time being, realistic goals.

I’m excited to run, and can’t wait to start training again. Fingers crossed my body holds up. And on that front, I am investigating a third opinion now – third times a charm right?

I am also linking up with MCM Mama Runs, Patty at My No-Guilt Life, and April at Run the Great Wide Somewhere.

Hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday! Do a downward dog for me when you get home!


What was something you’ve tried recently?

Ever try a workout you thought you’d dislike but actually really loved? 

Favorite yoga position? Downward dog since my hamstrings are forever tight… or paranoid pigeon just because I like the name : )

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57 thoughts on “Tried It Tuesday – Yoga?

  1. Pigeon. Just call me pigeon. I’m a hot tight mess. And since I’ve ramped up all this damn running, I’ve somewhat abandoned yoga. Tomorrow is my rest day. Hmmmmm. Maybe a nice GENTLE yoga session is in order! Did you run Fairfield?!?! Glad to hear you’re on the mend, Lady! 🙂

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    1. It really is incredible what isometric holds of our own body weight can do to our muscles. It has totally given me a new respect for the practice. Oh … and I now know with 100% certainty I have no balance.

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  2. Glad you could find something to do in the “off season!” I know nothing really compares to running, but you do whatcha gotta do until you can run again! During my time off, I tried my hardest to think of everything as “supplemental workouts” rather than “the next best thing.” The first just had a more positive spin to it – and it’s true! What up, awesome form!

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  3. I tell you what–yoga helped me a lot when I needed to do “down” weeks for Crohn’s reasons–it helps with your circulatory systems and helps you manage stress mentally and physically. Plus, if you are like me and get the bloaty feeling (and gas), it helps you…. release some of it when you learn which positions work ;D

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  4. Thats great you are back to running and doing yoga/pilates is great while training as it loosens you up/increases flexibility (or so I hear)! Last night, I did my first online barre video–it isn’t as great as class, but definitely surprised me at how challenging it was!

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    1. Hahaha all the animal names get me. I am glad I found online tutorials because when I used to go to class I’d giggle.. paranoid pigeon got me every time.

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  5. It’s good that you tried out different things though! I did yoga for runners the first time this year as well and I looked so silly but really stretched me out! I didn’t stick with it for too long but I do want to get back into it as my mileage increases again too. I’m not sure what my fav position is!

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  6. Yoga for runners was my foray into “all that weird mushy stuff” – I had my suspicions both because of running and ballet, which was not a big fan of the yoga. But I actually think it really helps for cross-stretching and strengthening…if only I could find the motivation to really push it on my own! I can do it with running, not so much Crow.

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  7. I’m in the same boat, but I’ve been loving pilates and yoga (especially combined..yay PIYO!) Hope that your body starts cooperating a bit more!

    There’s a move we did in my class before..I think it’s called lizard pose, that felt SO great and opened up my hips like no other. I also do this yoga for runners: injury prevention on youtube that has lots of amazing poses.

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  8. I have never tried yoga or pilates for that reason: that it’s not “hard” enough for me. But now I won’t try it because I’m too chicken! Lol… I already eat enough humble pie. I’m bloated with the stuff. I took up swimming when I was pregnant with Callum and while I thought I would hate it, I grew to love it and now I really miss it. I wish I had more time to swim.

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  9. Fav yoga pose? Child’s pose for me. Partly because of the name and partly because it just makes me feel good! What workout videos did you use? I’d love to give them a try. I know my running could definitely benefit from some yoga and pilates.

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    1. I either search Pilates or Yoga for runners on YouTube, and Runner’s World has some great videos on their website as well. My first introduction was a DVD my friend gave me from her Beachbody workout set… it was a little too much for me.. I prefer the longer, deeper stretches. Hope that helps : )

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  10. Pigeon pose is definitely one of my faves, Jamie! I made a goal at the beginning of the year to fit in one yoga practice per week; I’ve not stuck to it religiously, but I’ve done pretty well. I think it has really helped with my flexibility and keeping my hips (and hamstrings – yay for downward dog!) from staying so tight all the time. Great job, girl!

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  11. that’s incredible, so awesome that you are feeling great with your running after doing yoga and pilates. I know that it’s so popular, ive tried yoga a few times – actually a bunch – and I just couldn’t get into it. however I loved doing the YIN yoga, which was just hip stretching. LOVE that stuff! I could and should do more of that 🙂 plus, I had back surgery and that’s sort of why traditional poses don’t jive with my body.. like downward dog. kill me lol. my doc always tells me to stay away from yoga but i’m such a sucker and wanna be cool with my friends 😀 I do like pilates and can do more of those moves than yoga, so thank you = I feel much more motivated to add a pilates workout to my weekly routine. I just started strength training 2 x a week again with a PT, and even though I moan, I actually love feeling improvements happening. today we did a bunch of different stuff and my hands are still shaky from all the upper body stuff. it’s kinda rad, lol

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  12. I like pigeon pose too, as well as downward dog. Always a calm burner! I tried a trampoline workout with a friend at a local indoor trampoline park and really liked it! It was fun and a great workout! We did a lot of core work but kept moving their entire 60 minutes. It worked a lot of different muscles since you had to stabilize yourself on the trampoline the whole time. Definitely plan to do it again. Glad things are improving for you! Its hard when our minds want us to run but our bodies tell us no. Have a great Tuesday!

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  13. I took a pilates class last year at school as my art requirement and loved it. I felt like i got a lot stronger as a result of it and I kind of miss taking it! Now I do try to do yoga once a week at work but it doesn’t always work out that way. I really like Eagle pose in yoga haha it’s all bendy and stuff.

    Hope marathon training is off to a good start!

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  14. Oh man, now I sure do wish I could get my hands on this DVD!!

    I have actually never done pilates and I can count on one hand the number of yoga classes I’ve been to. I have nothing against them – in fact I want to do them more – but when I’m training for a marathon it’s just impossible to fit everything in.

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    1. Cross training, stretching, recovery is so important for marathon training but with a job, it totally takes over my life… and something usually has to go and it is always the stretching. Haha.

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      1. Yeah, I have to admit, I’m really not much of a stretcher. I stretch after long runs and speed work and if I feel like I need it but if I don’t, then I skip it. It’s a waste of my time if I am going to be fine without it, which I usually am after easy runs, and I am actually more concerned about injuring myself while stretching than I am while running. I think some people need it more than others and we all just have to do what we feel is best for ourselves!

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  15. I am going to force myself to add yoga into my marathon training. I’ve heard only great things about it, but for some reason I just don’t have the motivation to DO IT. I’ve never been a fan, but I feel like once I see how it impacts my running I’ll be addicted.

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    1. I never enjoyed yoga until I physically couldn’t run and just needed something to move. And I’m definitely not well versed enough to do it on my own so the DVD definitely helped!

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  16. Yoga is great!! I do it at my gym that I work at often and just at home on my own. Good to keep those hips and hammies limber!! I recommend Yoga with Adriene on Youtube…her channel is awesome and she has all kinds of workouts on there even stretches for runners. Enjoy!

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  17. I love pilates! It is such a tough workout! My core always feels awesome after. I have a hard time doing yoga at home (I get bored easily) but it’s SO good for you! I really need to get to a studio more often, it’s the only time I can actually stay focused! So glad they helped you when you were recovering!

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  18. I love love love Pilates. I’ve been doing it for almost ten years now and it STILL kicks my butt. I like yoga for recovery and also to work my T-rex upper body with some chaturangas. I’m glad both helped you while you were unable to run! Hope you have a great day!

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  19. That’s awesome that you picked up some yoga/pilates in your time off of running!! I’ve been doing yoga somewhat regularly for a year now and I love how it makes my body feel. It’s certainly not the same feeling as running that’s for sure, but it’s a good different feeling anyway. My favorite pose is probably triangle or crow pose. Crow pose makes me feel so strong! 🙂

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  20. Love pigeon! Try dolphin, it’s killer 🙂 I like your once a week goal — it’s definitely much more realistic! I think I could do that too! And I know what you mean…these “other” workouts do so much for us even if it’s not the same as running. It’s GOOD for us!

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  21. I’ve gotten back into yoga recently too, but the videos I pick on Youtube are “relaxing yoga” and “10 minute flow sequence” so I never start sweating, but I get a good stretch. I am partial to the pigeon pose, but I also love the last 5 minutes of every session where you just lay there. I could do that for the whole hour!

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  22. On no! Hope you feel better soon. CIBD suck so much! For me the hardest part of a relaps is always to accept that I am not as strong as I am used to be. I want what I know I can but just can’t! So frustrating! I guess Yoga is a great way to move the body without putting it under too much strain! Fingers crossed everything is back to narmal soon!

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  23. I’m so excited that you tried yoga!! I did a poor job of fitting in my yoga practices last week but forgave myself since it was a recovery week. However, a few yoga sessions per week is awesome for running!! I am an Ashtanga yoga instructor, and many of the people who seriously drank the Kool-aid (I was one of them for awhile) would tell you that all you need is to practice Ashtanga and it will fix your GI problems – they would tell you that you have an imbalance and to embrace your yoga practice to bring everything back into order. Haha. I wish it were that easy!! But I think yoga will help relieve any anxiety you have from not running – at least, it helps me in that aspect when I am unable to run. I tried pole dancing!! But we talked about that already. So fun!

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  24. Yoga always humbles me and I have a really hard time sticking with it! anything that opens up my hips, pigeon, low lunges I spend most of my session realizing just how tight my body is.
    Sorry that you still don’t seem to be feeling relief after your infusion. I have mine in a half hour and if that sucker doesn’t straighten out my GI issues, I might punch someone (I kid…kind of).
    I can’t think of anything I’ve tried recently, I’ve been kind of in a running, lifting rut.

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