Yoga for Runners

My final post in the Doing Indy “Being Active in Indy” series is up today.  Make sure to head over to the Doing Indy blog to check it out!

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I can’t believe that the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon is TOMORROW!  Today, I am taking the day off from the gym, eating a few extra carbs, and focusing on drinking plenty of fluids.

My last run was a 3 miler on Wednesday.  Not only was this my last training run, but it was my last run with my training group!

3 mile garminI have truly enjoyed completing my long runs in a group setting.  In the past, I have only trained for half marathons on my own.  Honestly, I didn’t think it would make much of a difference for me if I ran with others or not, but it has been so great!  I have been so spoiled with wonderful people who don’t mind talking while running, I think I may have to train with a group for every race now!

After my 3 mile run on Wednesday, I headed home to pick up Brian and immediately headed over to Cityoga for a “Yoga for Runners” class.

photo (3)The class was 75 minutes long, which is longer than any yoga class Brian or I have ever been to.  I was worried that it would drag on, but I honestly felt as if we did 5 poses and suddenly we were preparing for our end of class mediation.  The time FLEW!

It was not a challenging class, but with all of my training for the half marathon, challenging is not what my body needed.  I was able to stretch, figure out what muscles needed extra attention and just relax.

It was amazing.

At the end of the class, the instructor made a point to say that this yoga for runners class wasn’t supposed to be the most challenging.  Yoga is great for runners to develop strength, focus, emotional stability, and relaxation. 

I couldn’t agree with him more.

Breakfast

Everything I eat today will be with the half marathon in mind tomorrow!

Breakfast this morning came together quickly last night in the form of an old favorite:  overnight oats.

overnight oats breakfastThis morning’s bowl contained:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp honey (for some extra carb and natural sugar power!)
  • Toppings:  blackberries, and peanuts for extra crunch!

I mixed all of these ingredients together (aside from the toppings) last night and let them sit.  I typically add in a bit of water to make thin the mixture out, but I forgot the water last night.  Honestly, I really like the super thick texture!

Hope you all have an amazing Friday!

Questions of the Morning:

  • What are some pre-race traditions that you HAVE to do?
  • What are some of your favorite pre-race meals?

Comments

  1. Have to have a bowl of oatmeal with scoop of peanut butter before EVERY race – my tummy likes it, and it fuels me up!!! Started several years ago in HS with cross country – now it’s a staple before any race. GOOD LUCK!

  2. Theresa says:

    Every year before the Indy mini, we head to Steak and Shake for pancakes. During my first race, my friend, who had completed multiple half marathons and full marathons ordered the breakfast skillet. He ended up getting sick on the track! This year, we are making him order the pancakes with the rest of us!

    • Tara Deal says:

      What a tradition!! That would be HORRIBLE to get sick on the track…sounds like the pancakes are the way to go!

  3. Good luck this weekend darling! Can’t wait to hear a recap :-)

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