The Yoga for Runner’s Video I Did Last Night


Last night, at a recommendation from Cheryl in Monday’s comments, I tried this Runner’s World yoga video:

During this video I:

  • Developed a strong respect for anyone who does yoga
  • Realized I would rather run 10 miles than do this 25 minute video again
  • Broke a semi-serious sweat

There were a couple poses that I could not do — like Dancer’s Pose.

This wasn’t surprising since a few months ago I downloaded a graphic that included 10 yoga poses for runner’s or something like that, and when I tried Dancer’s Pose I couldn’t even come close…. and then I never tried again.

dancer's pose, yoga for runners

So basically my new goal is to get Dancer’s Pose down!

My sub-goal is to get through this video without having to take a break to “get the laundry.” Last night might literally have been the first time I ran to get the laundry out of the dryer on the first buzz in my entire life : )

A couple of weeks ago my running coach told me she wanted me to incorporate yoga into my week when I start marathon training in May. I now see why she said I should start with the basics now… I need serious yoga training before I can do it in any useful way to aid my running. I definitely see how it will be a useful though.

Do you use yoga for cross training? 

What type of easy cross training do you do during marathon (or half) training?

Do you weight lift during marathon (or half) training? If so, what type of modifications to your routine do you make?


  1. March 11, 2014 / 8:47 am

    I’ve never done yoga but I definitely believe in the importance of stretching and cross training! My “easy” cross training is the arc trainer. It’s a good workout but easy on the joints. I do weight train during marathon training but follow my “normal” weight training rules… no lower body weight training on running days or after long runs. I don’t get it when people lower body weight train and then go run. Or run then lift lower body. My philosophy is that if you’re lifting, all your energy should go to that. You should not have energy to run, too. I prefer QUALITY vs. QUANTITY in my workouts.

    • March 12, 2014 / 12:11 am

      Absolutely, couldn’t agree more! Adam has a serious beast mode level to him and can deadlift 400 and then pump out a 27 min 5K on the treadmill and it makes me insanely jealous. For me it definitely has to be one or the other… not that I’m deadlifting 400 or running a 27 min 5K haha.

  2. cheryl
    March 11, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    I am trying to still successfully incorporate cross training into my routine. In the winter, we downhill ski on the weekends–I don’t know if this helps or not, but my legs are dead for my run on Monday. In the summer, I bike, usually 2times a week. However, I still have a hard time “giving up” my run, so I usually do a short run too.
    Weights–I REALLY need to work on this. I use my 2 or 3 lbs. and do arm basics 2x a week and that’s it.
    Core work—I try and do some 4-5times/week
    Yoga–Yep, I rec that routine–trying to stick with it. My goal is mastering the twisted warrior pose thing (the first step is knowing what it is actually called…) I learned I REALLY like the childs pose, because I can do it!
    A friend and I signed up for a “fitathlon”, I don’t really know what it is, but I am trying to add things like burpees, squats, lunges, push-ups…should be interesting. I am only on day 2 and I am pretty sore!

    • March 12, 2014 / 12:09 am

      HAHHA yes!! Child’s Pose, the best pose of all!!! 🙂

      Wow a fitathlon, I definitely want to hear how that goes and what was involved! It sounds fun? Painful? Awesome? All of the above!

      Since I’m a Florida girl I know nothing about the different types of skiing, but I’ve heard nordic skiing and running go hand-in-hand as perfect cross training for each other.

  3. March 11, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    Yoga is no joke haha, my sister does hot yoga and I just don’t understand how ! I definitely take the things I love from yoga and incorporate it into marathon training. I haven’t taken a yoga class in forever though 🙁
    I only “strength train” or hike as my cross training. Modifications I make is going to a lighter weight for leg exercises or just body weight as I approach long runs or the race itself. last thing i want is to run on sore legs. not fun!

    • March 12, 2014 / 12:07 am

      So true! I need to get better about strength training. I was lifting heavy last fall before my first half, but as it got closer I did less and less… and now I barely do anything at all! Yikes!

  4. March 11, 2014 / 4:04 pm

    I am one of those guys that says “Yoga/Zumba/etc” are easy and no need for me to do them, then mentally thinks “OMG that would kill me” LOL. No yoga, do some cycling here and there to give my legs a rest. Dont do any weight training but most training plans do recommend it.

    • March 12, 2014 / 12:05 am

      Haha yes I thought the same thing about yoga until I did that video last night!

      I incorporate some cycling, swimming and weight training into my schedule usually. I need to get better about swimming. It’s so perfect as a low-impact cross training exercise.

  5. March 11, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    I don’t love yoga, but I KNOW it’s good for runners!! I do like certain yoga moves that are incorporated into T25, though!! When you get dancer’s pose down, I demand a pic! ;o)

    • March 12, 2014 / 12:06 am

      Haha, I think when I finally nail Dancer’s Pose I may do my first real video so I can show off 😀

  6. March 19, 2014 / 10:46 am

    Yoga is my favorite way to cross train! I’ve been doing it for a while though and was a dancer/cheerleader in high school so dancers pose is fun for me. Definitely not an easy one though. I think pigeon pose is my favorite, it feels so good to my outer hips!