For the past four weeks, I have formed a new healthy habit of doing yoga at least six days days a week. It started with Yoga + Creativity at the end of April. Then I added in a daily Instagram yoga challenge hosted by fellow I’m Fitpossible and Sweat Pink ambassadors who are all amazing yogis in their own right. Kim, Erin & Paige, you ladies rock! These daily sessions last between 30 minutes to an hour depending on how much time I have. I love the stretch and how relaxed I feel afterward!
However, something is going on that does not make any sense. My hips and legs seem to be getting tighter! I have been focusing on hamstring and hip openers on most days plus a few of my other favorites for upper body strength. Shouldn’t I feel more flexibility after a month?
This is making me anxious about my 5k coming up next Saturday. Of course I will stretch well before the race starts. My concern isn’t not finishing at a good pace. I have thrown the thought of a PR out the window so not to stress over that. My concern is injury. I am a little worried that into the first mile my legs & foot will cramp up just like my last run and I will have to limp the rest of the way. Heavy rain storms have put a damper on my training to boot.
I will have my running buddies with me next Saturday. I plan to go in with an open mind and let things fall into place. One thing yoga has taught me is to breathe through the bad stuff. No matter what the outcome, I know I will have fun.
I know I am not alone in feeling like this before a race. I have read many blogs on the same context. My friends have their concerns too. But, what about this tight muscle thing? Is there a remedy you have tried that works for you? Please comment below!