The Runner’s Stretch That Saved My Hips (+ a New Vlog)
HAPPY FRIDAY! Guess what? I have some really great news on the “why does my hip hate me” front: it might not hate me that much!
To open up my hips and keep them flexible I’ve always done Pigeon Pose:
I used to hold the pose for 60 to 90 seconds thinking that was enough, but just three days ago I tried holding it for a full five minutes at the recommendation of my coach. THE LONGER HOLD HAS CHANGED MY WORLD! My right hip no longer feels super tight and uncomfortable!
I’m now holding Pigeon for five minutes in the morning and five minutes again at night.
I also mix in:
- Happy Baby Pose (I hold for 3 minutes x 2)
- Fire hydrants (2 x 12 reps)
- Hip bridges (I hold for 60 to 90 seconds)
- Foam rolling
This combination of stretches seems to be working like a charm for me! Hallelujah! 🙂
I’m really glad to have found something that loosens up my hips before the weekend because I’ve got 5 miles on the schedule for Saturday and 14 miles on Sunday for a total of 19 miles. <– Lots of miles!
It’s really weird to think that this 14-miler will be the longest run of my marathon training cycle so far. Last year I did my first 14 mile run right before 4th of July weekend. My coach keeps reminding me that I shouldn’t compare last year to this year though. I’m following a completely different training methodology and one that has been proven to work great.
My intent when seeking out a new coach was to try out a new training method, so I just have to trust the process!
I’ll be thinking about and doing a lot of running this weekend, so I thought we could chat about some other things for a little bit:
In my new video I talk about the book I’m reading now, the movie I saw FOURTEEN TIMES in the theater and my favorite drink before bed! I hope you like it :).
Have a great weekend! The next time we talk I’ll be in the Dominican Republic!!
Hasta la próxima!
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What book are you reading right now?