If every evening run is as great after a morning of yoga as my run yesterday, it will be even more encouragement to do yoga daily. Typically, I practice Vinyasa yoga, however, as my previously mentioned friend and instructor was subbing an Anusara practice, I decided I would try it out. Anusara focuses a lot on alignment techniques, and this class was no exception. It was less cardio than I was used to, but the slower pace forced me to focus more on my body and how I was actually feeling. The discipline's focus on alignment also made sure that I was paying attention to my hips and hamstrings, which tend to always be tight and a little sore. 75 minutes later, I knew I would feeling the day's session the following day. It was also a great workout for my upper body.
Following a day of household chores, I went out for my weekend long run, which this week was only 4 miles. In addition to a hint of fall in the albeit windy air, I felt AWESOME. I mean, I never feel like this when I run. The kinks, the hurts, anything sore was gone within a few minutes and I cruised along at a great clip. I totally want every run to be like this. It was one of those runs where you finish and think "This is why I run." It may have been a fluke, but I suspect that just being loose and having worked out the kinks in my hip flexors and ham strings made for an overall fantastic run.