Apart from maintaining a full-time job, Kendall teaches yoga and is currently a student of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, training to be a Holistic Health Coach. Kendall has also recently set some running goals, and LRY was interested to hear more about how Kendall manages her yoga-running-learning lifestyle:
Last spring I decided I wanted to run a 5k. I started off jogging about 1/2 mile then walking over and over again and it was HARD! Running does NOT come natural to me at all. It is such a physical and mental challenge. I think the mental part surprised me the most. I would not be able to run if I didn’t also have yoga to help not only stretch me out but to help me manage my thoughts and control my breathing.
After Thanksgiving, I knew I needed a break from running over the winter. My knee was starting to click and hurt and it was getting cold and dark out. This year I have a 5 mile race in June and I would like to run my first 10k along with the Cambridge 5k (the 2nd 5k I ran) and then end with the Thanksgiving 5 miler again. Signing up for races and paying for them help me stay motivated. Determination aside, if I have paid $20-$35 for a race, you bet I’m not going to back out!
How do I fit it all in? I work full time and teach two evening yoga classes after work. I’m also studying Holistic Nutrition and I am beginning to see clients in March. Like most people, I am BUSY but it is possible to run and train for races with a busy schedule. I prefer getting my runs in in the morning before work or shortly after I wake up on the weekends. I have the most energy in the morning and it can be uncomfortable to run if my meals aren’t fully digested or if I’m starving after work. I also don’t have enough time to make excuses. Either I’m out the door running or I miss my run completely. If I have a race coming up, I only have one option and that is to wake up and run!
Personally, I can’t run too much or my knee and hip start to really hurt. Running 2-3 times a week is the perfect amount for me to train for a race and get stronger but not be in pain. 1-2 runs before work during the week and 1 longer run on the weekend worked out well for me last year.
My favorite pre and post run pose is Pigeon pose. Pigeon Pose is like hitting a “reset” button for my hips.
My left in particular is the one that can click and get tight. It gets deep into the hips, both adduction and flexion. Pigeon has been a lifesaver and has allowed me to continue to run. I suggest using a pillow, block, blanket or rolled up towel to give you some support underneath the lifted hip. As always, listen to your body. You should never feel pinpointed pain but a deep stretch. Take it slowly and enjoy after a nice sweaty run!
LRY will be checking back in with Kendall soon to find out how her preparations are going for the 5 mile and 10k races, and if any other yoga poses become part of Kendall’s ‘resetting’ tool kit. You can find Kendall and On An Inhale on twitter and facebook too.
Pigeon Pose is a wonderful hip opener for runners, but maybe you have another ‘go-to’ yoga pose that helps recovery and relaxation after a run, walk or just life in general? Any suggestions?