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Workout Wednesday: Yoga for Runners at Duluth Running Co.

May 27, 2015 07:49 AM

Cross-training is an important addition to any training routine when gearing up for a big race, and yoga can offer a great option for both the body and the mind.

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Kyle Heyesen is a yoga instructor at Duluth Running Co. and teaches their Yoga for Runners class.

"I think yoga is probably one of the very best cross-training exercises that runners, cyclists, tri-athletes, or swimmers can do because it really does counter the affects of kind of beating up on your body the way you do when you're training for a big race," she explained.

The Yoga for Runners class meets once a week. Kyle says it includes some great stretches that runners should do before and after training runs and races.

She recommends taking 2-5 minutes to stretch before and after your run. It doesn't take much time and makes a difference, she says. A few easy stretches involve a tennis ball.

"The tennis ball is our friend in yoga. I incorporate this into every Yoga for Runners class. What we want to do is break up the fascia, which is what covers all of our muscles and bones in your body. It gets really tight, we want to loosen that up," said Kyle.

Kyle walked GMN anchor Maarja Anderson through several stretches, opening up the feet, glutes, and hips. They also did a sun salutation to help with breathing and relaxation.

"People notice that they are getting faster because when your hips are really tight you don't get the same stride and... your breathing improves," she said.

For information on the Duluth Running Co.'s Yoga for Runners class, click here.


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