Do not include this pose in your practice if you have a neck or knee injury or if you are pregnant. Warm up for this pose by enjoying child’s pose and hero pose. After relaxing into happy baby pose, follow up with downward dog pose.
Begin by laying on your yoga mat with your back supported by the ground
Exhale your knees to your belly
Inhaling, place your hands on the outsides of your feet and widen your knees before raising them up to your armpits
Place both of your ankles above your knees so that your shins become perpendicular to the ground
Flexing through yours heels, push your feet into your hands while you pull your hands toward the ground
This pose is beneficial for runners and non-runners alike.
I haven’t been posting as much recently because I have been focused on spending time with my HAPPY BABY (she is 8 weeks old today)
daily training schedules with goal-specific workouts
personalized running paces
weekly check-ins/ Q&A
weekly training e-newsletter
information about nutrition, gear, foam rolling, recovery, running form, race day strategies, strength training, and mental training strategies
bi-monthly meet-up to go for a run, to practice yoga for runners, or to discuss running strategies
Half marathoners and marathoners of all levels are welcome but, to ensure that you are successful in completing the training and race, we recommend the following prior to beginning this training program:
1. Being able to run or run/walk for at least 7 miles or 70-90 minutes continuously.
2. At least 6 months of consistent training for at least 4 days per week.
3. Being able to maintain a 12min/mile pace.
For Half Marathoners:
1. Being able to run or run/walk for at least 3 miles or 30-50 minutes continuously.
2. At least 3 months of consistent training for at least 4 days per week.
3. Being able to maintain a 12min/mile pace.
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I just finished reading Deena Kastor’s book, Let Your Mind Run (which I highly recommend… it’s a great book). In her book, Deena spoke about how gratitude transformed her mind and running. Inspired by this reading, I wanted to share a simple gratitude practice to help you improve your mental and physical training this week. This is an excellent practice for runners but, more importantly, it is an excellent practice for people. Focusing on gratitude can improve mood, focus, and energy.
This practice is simple which is partly what makes it so beautiful. Using the list below for each day this week, identify five things that you are grateful for each day. You can form this list throughout your day or solely focus on it at the end of your day. Challenge yourself to identify things that are different from what you noted on your gratitude list the day before. Utilize the follow-up questions to record other important observations about yourself and this activity.
I am grateful for:
Was this activity challenging or easy today?
What did I notice about my thinking today?
Did this activity affect my thinking?
Did this activity affect my behaviors/ performance?
Are there any other observations that I want to note pertaining to my thinking, behaviors, or this activity today?
Celebrate your successes. By bringing your attention to your successes, you can improve confidence. Runners who are more confident take greater risks and, as a result, can experience greater accomplishments.
Practice mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness can promote greater mental control leading to improved focus during running training and racing. Practicing mindfulness can also help you to identify and change unhelpful thinking that is getting in the way of your running performance.
Focus on your goals. Remember what you are working towards. By focusing on the “why” to your training, you can draw upon additional motivation to fuel your workout today.
For more information on how you can improve your mental training to enhance your running, check out Run Your Mind Training Workbook below.
Run Your Mind Training Workbook
This workbook is designed to both introduce you to general concepts in sport psychology and to help you to implement psychology techniques to improve your running performance. Throughout this workbook, you will focus on enhancing your goal development, motivation, mental toughness, confidence, concentration, and energy management. This workbook contains some information about caring for the body including yoga practices to supplement your running training. This workbook also contains several sample training plans and a training journal section in which you will be able to integrate the information that you have learned throughout this workbook into your training.
It seems like the hardest part of starting or restarting running is developing consistency. Once we have, the runs flow much easier but the initial steps of forming the habit can be so tough! Here are some tips to help you successfully develop running consistency.
Choose your when. Commit to a time to run each day. Most people choose to run first thing in the morning or in the evening after work.
Don’t let tiredness be an excuse. Choose to face your run even when you feel tired. Running when you are tired can have both physical and mental training benefits.
Write down your completed runs. Take the time to log your miles. Reflecting on the work you put in and the progress you have made can help you get back out there tomorrow.
Focus on your effort rather than your results. Rather than focusing on your speed and comparing your times to others or to your previous bests, focus on the effort you put into each run.
Reward yourself. Take time to reward yourself for your hard work.
Share your goals and successes. Boost accountability by sharing your goals and successes with others.
Push yourself appropriately. It can be easy to push too hard too fast which can lead to injury or burnout. Examine where you are starting from and understand how much is enough. Don’t be afraid to walk. Taking it slow has great training benefits for runners of all levels.
New Release! Written by Elevate Running Founder, Julia Raffaini, this book was published yesterday.
My intention for this workbook is to help runners become more successful by improving their mental training. This workbook is designed to both introduce you to general concepts in sport psychology and to help you to implement psychology techniques to improve your running performance. Throughout this workbook, you will focus on enhancing your goal development, motivation, mental toughness, confidence, concentration, and energy management. This workbook contains some information about caring for the body including yoga practices to supplement your running training. This workbook also contains several sample training plans and a training journal section in which you will be able to integrate the information that you have learned throughout this workbook into your training.
This yoga practice is excellent for runners and is designed to increase hip flexibility. Allow your breath to guide you as you move through the poses listed below. Please visit the link associated with each pose for an image of the pose and additional information including pose alignment and benefits.
Deciding to hire a running trainer/ coach is a big decision. It is a financial commitment, and you want to know that the training you’re paying for is a worthwhile investment. In this post, I go over some of the pros and cons of running training services. This post will also help you determine what to look for when selecting quality training services.
Following a customized training plan with effective training techniques designed to propel you towards your specific goals.
Increasing mileage and incorporating speed training in a safe manner.
Having someone that you check in with about your training to help you stay accountable.
Receiving mental training support can have a huge impact on your performance.
Being able to ask questions and problem solve with an experienced runner.
Building a running community.
Being able to access other running resources including strength training, nutritional guidance, and yoga routines to compliment your training.
Cost. Your time and money are valuable. The cost of training services can vary greatly depending on what you’re seeking. Some running training services provide standard training plans while others include customized training plans, weekly guidance from a trainer/ coach, and race strategy. Determining precisely what it is that you would benefit from and that you can afford is vital in selecting a service that you’re going to feel is a good investment for your time and money.
Training that damages your running performance. When selecting running training services, make sure that it is being provided by a certified running professional to ensure that your trainer/ coach has received appropriate running training.
Training that holds you back. While you don’t want to increase mileage and speed too quickly due to the risk of injury and burnout, you also don’t want to feel that your training is holding you back from your potential. It can be challenging finding a trainer/ coach that will safely push you, and that will monitor how you are doing throughout your training. Reflect on your goals and seek a trainer/ coach who will be able to help you to continue to grow in the long run (pun intended). All trainers/ coaches bring something a little different to offer and understanding their strengths and weaknesses will help you select the best services for you. Explore their website to understand their services and qualifications but also reach out to them with questions and check out their social media.
What do you look for in a running trainer/ coach? What kinds of services do you find most valuable?
When sitting down to write my first running blog post, there are so many topics that I am excited to write about. Since I am 36 weeks pregnant, pregnancy running seemed like a natural place to begin.
Disclaimer: Every body is different and its always important to consult your doctor before running during pregnancy. There are some conditions that could make running contraindicated and its really important that your doctor evaluate what is safe for your body.
It is absolutely ok to continue to run during pregnancy as long as you already had a consistent running practice before becoming pregnant. In fact, physical exercise is important during pregnancy so if you decide not to run, choose another form of exercise to engage in throughout your pregnancy. Low impact activities such as yoga, cycling on a stationary bike, and swimming are highly recommended.
Pregnancy running is not a time to work towards PRs. Training should not include a significant increase in mileage or speed. It is important to keep an easy pace during your runs and to listen to your body.
I’ll say this again because it is so important: Listen to your body! As runners, sometimes we are more comfortable pushing our bodies without realizing that we are pushing our bodies. It is really important to continue to monitor how your body is feeling running throughout your pregnancy.
Maintain a comfortable temperature. Slow down or stop if you find yourself getting too hot.
Stay hydrated. It is easy to fall behind when it comes to hydration. Drink lots of fluids throughout the day and carry a water bottle with you on your runs. Early on in my pregnancy, I had a really hard time staying hydrated due to nausea. If this is the case for you, try to take small sips throughout the day, include an electrolyte drink, and/or make juice popsicles to enjoy when you just can’t stomach drinking your fluids. Also, sometimes herbal tea or juice was easier for me to get down and I encourage you to experiment to see what drinks work best for you.
Be aware of the warning signs: breathlessness, vaginal bleeding, cramping, muscle weakness, pain, chronic fatigue, and decreased fetal movement. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop exercise and contact your doctor immediately.
Balance shifts during pregnancy. Be sure to run routes that are flat and do not have obstacles that could increase fall risk. If you feel dizzy, stop. I felt most comfortable running on the treadmill farther into my pregnancy because I knew the route would be free from obstacles and I could stop the run at anytime if I started to feel fatigued.