In April, I started having some IT band issues in my R knee. It was pretty subtle yet definitely noticeable. With about 4 weeks left until my marathon, I decided to drop the weight training/plyometrics that I was doing and switch to yoga.
Enter Serenity Yoga.
(Hmmm. I wonder if they have yoga here?)
Serenity Yoga is a fun little studio that makes me feel like I'm not in Yuma. I'll take it!
I began taking a class called "Piloga" (Pilates/Yoga) on Tuesdays (and Fridays) at 9 am. The class is a bit basic for me; nevertheless, it's a great total body stretching session. It actually forces me to stretch for a full hour instead of my usual 7.5 minute post-run stretch. Although the verdict is still out on stretching, I feel that it's a good choice for me, as I tend to have hip flexor/ITB issues.
After class, I had a one-hour Reflexology session with my instructor, Michael. He told me that he's worked with a lot of runners and that he thought I might find it beneficial.
Reflexology = a fancy foot rub
Ok, so I think it's more than just a fancy foot rub. You can read about the benefits here. There's like a million "reflex areas" in your foot, and I'm pretty sure Mike got them all today. I'm definitely a big fan now and will do this before/after my races. Is it quackery? Who knows?Better yet, who cares? It felt AWESOME.
After my fantabulous morning of yoga and reflexology, I felt like I should call Vicki, Tamra and Peggy to confirm the time for our afternoon wine tasting
So for all 4 of you that follow my blog... Do you stretch before/after your workouts? Do you yogacize? Have you ever had a fancy foot rub?