Run the Jungle

Taking on NYC one run at a time

Monday, October 24, 2016

Yoga tips for the everyday runner

As a runner who’s completed over 18 half marathons and 3 full marathons, cross-training is incredibly important. One of my go-to’s when my body starts feeling tight is yoga. I’ve been practicing for over 6 years although I don't ask too many questions about form.
Fortunately, I had the opportunity to chat with the woman who teaches NYC’s yoga instructors, Ariana Rabinovitch. She holds 10 certifications and has over 20 years of experience. She focuses on the scientific aspect of the practice and shared these tips for yogis to keep in mind during their practice:
  • Excessive flexibility can lead to instability in our joints and possibly injury. There are healthy ranges of motion for our joints and sometimes yoga poses go beyond those ranges. Many men and women often get fixated on more flexibility and pushing beyond their “edge”. Instead, yogis should learn what their healthy ranges of motion are and to aim for stability in a pose. If you feel painful resistance or your hips lifting when they shouldn’t, you may be out of your personal range.
  • Doing a hundred chaturangas in a typical vinyasa class won’t give you the buff arms you are dreaming of. Not to mention chaturanga is a hard pose that requires a combination of core and shoulder strength to do the pose optimally. Yogis should take the time to gradually build up the strength to do the pose properly and every so often seek feedback on their form. This will help to cultivate a sustainable practice.
  • Have you ever heard someone tell you to relax your glutes in bridge pose? There’s actually nothing wrong with using your glutes during yoga poses. Your glutes are powerful and necessary muscles that will help you get into the poses and help build long term stability in your hips and core in the process.
  • Lastly, here’s a tip for runners based on recent research. Avoid static long-held stretches before your run. Performance tends to be better if you do dynamic stretching in order to prepare the body for your run. If your muscles tend to feel tight after you run then some longer held yoga poses (and stretches) might be a good idea because your body is warmed up and ready. Stretching consistently could also help with your joint mobility and might also decrease muscle soreness.
For my readers who are yoga instructors, Ariana is hosting a movement science workshop on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Yo Yoga!, 344 E 59th St. It’s $45 and from 2:30 PM to 5 PM.
You can purchase tickets here.
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall 2016: where did the time go?


No seriously, what happened? I cannot believe that I haven't written in two months. It's been way too long.

I'm not sure where to start so much has happened since August 8...and my last post.

Running & working out
one of the views from Bear Mountain
I've been bad and part of me is on a break with running right now (or has been since the spring). I had that voucher from JackRabbit so I signed up for the half-marathon training program and for 80% of it, I was training really well but I never did the Brooklyn Half because I was sick.

I thought I would try again so I signed up for the Rock n' Roll Philly Half marathon which I ran two years ago. I'm not a huge fan of the course but my law school classmates signed up for it. When it came down to it I wasn't trained well enough and I couldn't switch to the 5K so I didn't both.

Lately, as I mentioned in my last post, I've been all about Swerve. I've been going a ton the past few weeks. I also went to Brick 2x in August (WHICH IS SO HARD) but since that, I really haven't done strength training at all until yesterday. I went to an "Uplift Express" class at Uplift and I am still so sore.

I sorta hate hiking but I'll go (if you haven't figured it out yet, I'm more a water sports person).  I went to Bear Mountain, less than an hour from NYC, on Labor Day weekend and there were a ton of people there.  I'm not sure if it really counts as a real hike because you can actually drive to the top of the mountain. It definitely would be a great place to check out when it's less busy but definitely did not feel like a real hike. 

Life & law school
It's weird to be a 3L. It's very weird. Everyone says it's senior year of college all over again. Like full blown senioritis but what I'm finding is that it's much harder than everyone says it is.  The job hunt is going and there a bunch of interviews lined up but  honestly if all rounds are successful, I won't hear back until at least the winter so it's a looooooonggggg wait. 

But progress is progress. Back in January, I could barely handle giving a closing argument for a mock trial but just last week, I gave a 10 minute closing argument in a job interview.   So high fives for progress! 

Speaking of progress, I went back to my old college a few weekends ago for Homecoming (I'm on the board of directors).  It felt weird. I graduated college 7 years ago and I've officially been on the board for longer than I was in college so that's crazy. 

Anyways, life has felt busy and stressful for all of the reasons stated above. However, I've still found time to explore this amazing city that I live in.  

A few weeks ago, I went to Wave Hill in the Bronx. It was pretty hard to get to but it's really nice.  It's a park with a few trails you can walk. It's definitely not as big as the New York Botanical Garden which is also in the Bronx but it's definitely a cheap thing to do on a weekend afternoon.

Wave Hill

Plus last Thursday night, after playing a murder witness for a trial advocacy class, I went to the opera, which I've never done before. It was pretty good - La Boheme is quite funny for an opera. 
the Playbill at the opera!
I love NYC in the fall. There are so many things going on around the city.  Hopefully with all this good fall weather, I'll be back running. With all my friends training for halfs and marathons, I'm starting to get the bug again but we'll see.  (Hearing about my sister's run through the rain during today's Staten Island Half or about my friends who all got injured running the Chicago marathon today can really turn me off to running).

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