I’m a runner that needs yoga.

This morning started off with a much needed Bikram yoga class.  It is sometimes hard to get up and get moving (esp when sleep is interrupted by a very cute baby girl), but I NEVER regret going.  Even though the class is an intense 90 minutes in a very warm room, I always feel energized and refreshed when I leave.

This is Annabelle doing her savasana pose :).  She was trying out her travel bassinet and she absolutely loved it!

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I first tried Bikram yoga back in 2006 and I was only a casual runner back then.  I practiced for a few months and then moved on to other things.  In February 2007, I caught the running bug and decided to train for my first half marathon.  I completed my first half marathon (Rock and Roll Nashville, time 2:08) in April 2007 and I was completely hooked.  I trained and ran this race without injury and I felt great afterwards.  However, my future training and future races did not go so well on the injury front.

Race and Injury Timeline

  • Spring 2007 – Rock and Roll Nashville, 2:08, injury free
  • Fall 2008 – Baltimore Half Marathon, 1:59, injury free
  • Injured left calf muscle one month before Baltimore Marathon
  • Fall 2009 – Baltimore Marathon, 5:13, sever pain in left calf muscle (walked with a cane for a week and did not run for months afterwards)
  • Spring 2010 – Started running again 🙂
  • Injured groin muscle
  • May 2010 – Attempted to run the Frederick Half Marathon and had to drop out immediately after starting (worst feeling ever, could not hold back the tears)
  • February 2011 – Started Bikram yoga again (longest streak was 43 days in a row!)
  • May 2011 – Maryland Half, 1:47, PR, injury free, hilly course, felt amazing
  • April 2011 – minor medical procedure, moved, new puppy = stopped doing yoga
  • June 2012 – severe stress fracture, walked with a crutch and no running for months
  • November 2011 – Columbia Metric Marathon, 2:16, felt good, minor knee pain afterwards
  • Early December 2011 – injured right calf muscle
  • December 2011 – Rock and Roll Vegas, 2:34, walked/jogged the entire way and lots of pain
  • March 2012 – Rock and Roll DC, 1:51, right knee pain
  • April 2012 – severe stress fracture, walked with a crutch and no running for months

I know that I am to blame for most of my injuries…I should take a break when something starts to hurt and I should listen to my body and not run everyday.  However, I can definitely tell the difference in how my body feels and performs when I combine running AND yoga.  My plan of attack to stay injury free and achieve my running goals this year is to continue yoga, listen to my body, and incorporate more cross-training.  Wish me luck!  I hope all of you are staying injury free :).

What do you think?

Are you plagued by injuries?

Have you found something that works to prevent injury?

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