Not so bendy

So this week has been drastically better than last, thank goodness! Less anxiety all around! I have been doing the fast and feel ok. Yesterday was the worst, but today woke up and didn’t feel to bad.

One thing that I have added to my routine over the last 6 months has been yoga. This was more out of necessity then desire. About 5 months ago I ran for the first time outside and got plantar fasciitis and I was out of the run game for about two weeks. I’d never run outside before and was completely unaware that your body needs to be warned of this new venture. So I did research and learned that I would probably need to start stretching the feet and use a compression sock for a while. So I look up yoga stretches for runners. I found a quick pre-run one that I have been doing almost before every run. I find it ritualistic now. If I don’t do it I worry about whether or not I am going to get some weird injury.

So I was doing my stretches and WHAM…one day after a run on a treadmill I started to have this horrible pain in my left hip. Later realized that I was going to fast on the treadmill and was overstriding. This was the worst thing I have ever been through. This happened over 2 months ago and I still at times get pains. I took it easy for a week or so. But I was determined to move past this by stretching, icing, and rest. So I got even more into yoga. As I started to do more and more I started to venture into new videos. And not just “stretching” videos. I started to work on breathing for runners, anxiety and stress yoga, flow yoga, etc. So I decided that I want to work on some of the flexibility poses, first up…forward bend.

I am crazy inflexible. I think I may be the most inflexible person on planet earth. I get so tight after exercise, stretching or no stretching. I have been doing yoga poses most days and have increased flexibility a tad. But I decided on working on my forward bend as my main focus. Here is where I am today:

Needless to say…I am at the start block. But we all have goals we want to work on. So I did some research and looked for ways to gain flexibility in forward bend. For the video check out my Instagram @runcassierun

  1. place hands on hips, thumb on your back side. Use your hands as a pivot point.
  2. lower slowly, feel the stretch in your hamstrings and hips
  3. release your shoulders and head so that they are relaxed.
  4. see how far you can go.
  5. bend your knees as much as you need to place palms on the ground
  6. slowly straighten your knees and slide hands along shins.
  7. Repeat by bending your knees. Slowly you will gain flexibility to be able to bend, place your palms on the ground with a straight flat back.

One video I watched she said your legs are like taffy. If you want to share you don’t just break it apart. You have to slowly go back and forth until the taffy starts to loosen and then you can separate. That’s how your hamstrings are…you have to give them the time to learn to be flexible! Maybe that will be my mantra for the next week or so…Give it time.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Some people can put there elbows on the floor…I mean I can’t even imagine!!

Tag me on instagram of your forward bends!!

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