Review: Christine Felstead’s Yoga for Runners

Some of you may have read (or experienced) the nightmare that happened in Atlanta because of winter storm Leon.  Basically, the city waited to react to the impending storm, the entire city got let out of school and work just as the snow was falling.  A few inches of snow isn’t too bad–but it melted as soon as it hit the ground, until about an hour later, when it all froze over, and all roads became solid sheets of ice.  My 40 minute commute turned into 5 hours, and my boyfriend took nearly 8 hours to get home…and only made it because he walked the last two miles!

Yesterday, we had a snow day since the city was still trying to clear the roads of the ice.  I took Skipper on a walk yesterday to see how clear the sidewalks/roads were by me, hoping to get in a snowy run–but everything was all icy.


The road leading to my apartment.  See that sheen from the ice? 


Skipper likes the snow!

When I realized that an outdoor run wasn’t going to happen, I set down to the “fitness center” in my complex.  I use that term loosely–it’s essentially a treadmill, a bike, and an elliptical…but it will do in a pinch.  Except that it was locked!! What’s a runner to do?


Well, I bought a Yoga for Runners DVD awhile back, so I decided that today was a good a day as any to give it a shot.

Now, I’ve only done yoga one other time, with Kim.  Neither of us had ever taken yoga (or done a dvd) and we went to a class at the local gym–which turned out to be an “athletic” style yoga–lots and lots of strength training.  I HATED it.  It was way too hard!  So, I bought this DVD awhile ago, hoping it would be better, but have put off trying it.

Overall, I thought this DVD was pretty good, given my previous horrible yoga experience.  I really liked how the instructor, Christine, explained why each pose was good for runners.  I also have a lot of back issues from sitting all day (I even see a physical therapist for it) and there were a lot of poses that were also geared toward strengthening these muscles in the back.  In addition, there were a lot of poses aimed towards not only the hamstrings, but the hips and IT band, which are constantly tight for me.  Also, there were some plank-type poses that worked the core, which I’ve recently learned is really important to focus on as a runner.

The pose I thought was most helpful that I’ll actually put into my post-run and nightly stretching was the pigeon pose.  This really opened up my hip flexors!


This is the pigeon yoga pose.

Overall, the DVD definitely seemed like it was geared toward runners.  It was hard, but I know it will get easier over time.  I’m really sore this morning, but in a good way.  My only complaint about the DVD was the length–it was well over an hour.  However, there was a “quick routine” option that I’ll have to try.  I think I’m going to try to work this in once a week on the weekend as part of my cross training.  Once I find a few poses that work really well, I’ll try to do them on my own a few times a week as part of nightly stretching.

If you try this DVD, I’d like to hear how you feel about it!

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  1. I’m glad you gave yoga a second try. I really enjoyed the other yoga classes I’ve attended since we tried it out together. The stretches really help out after I run outside. It’s a weekly thing for me now, too.

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