I asked my fellow half marathon runners on TWITTER what they did to combat the low level fatigue that I am experiencing as I train for my upcoming Marine Corps Half Marathon.
Their answers ranged from funny to inspired - one suggested not running as much, another suggested coffee, a third recommended massage, as tension gathers in her shoulders when she runs long.
I have found that Yoga and Qigong work for me. These exercises are good for my crosstraining days or any time I want to slow down, breathe deeply and relax my busy mind and tired body.
DVD Review: Yoga For Athletes with Barbara Benagh
I was overwhelmed in a good way by the number of different routines on this DVD! I am a runner, so I tried several of the running yoga routines, but there are routines for cycling, hiking, and many other sports I enjoy.
Runners can do the yoga poses and routines on this DVD to help stretch any tight, stiff muscles on crosstraining days. I would recommend this DVD for runners.
Qigong for Cleansing with Francesco Garripoli and Daisy Lee Garripoli
I am interested in Qigong but not very coordinated so I thought I would never be able to have my own routine. My dream is to be able to do a routine in the park, like the San Franciscans in Chinatown do in the mornings. Qigong for Cleansing was a useful video because Francesco and Daisy Lee patiently explained and demonstrated the moves, and then put them all together into a 9 minute routine at the end of the lesson. I think with enough practice I can master this simple routine.
What do you do to relieve stress during hard training periods?
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