Sage Yoga Training: Standing Stretches

Standing Stretches

This six-minute sequence is designed to help you stretch your major muscle groups following a workout. If you’ve been listening to your iPod during your run, for example, you can tack the podcast at the end of your playlist—it will keep you honest at holding the stretches long enough for them to work their magic.

The standing sequence works first the right, then the left leg, before moving to quick lateral stretches and spinal extension. Until you are used to the sequence, you might find it useful to have something to hold on to: a wall, a car, a tree, a rock, a friend.

Feel free to move in or out of a stretch at your own pace; if my cueing seems too long or short, listen instead to your body’s needs.

And This One’s Self-Promotion

A shout-out to Dave Williams for valuing yoga! I’ll be talking on incorporating yoga in triathlon training–you know, the subject of my book-to-be!–as part of March Multisport Madness at the Wellness Center. You can sign up for the whole weekend or à la carte. Dave and his crew are great coaches–it’s going to be totally worthwhile.

This One’s for Wes

Procrastination Project

With two big projects fresh on my desk, I find renewed energy for anything but ECU’s institutional planning history. (The other ms., a book on white trash, sounds great–it’ll be my reward for finishing the ECU book.) So I looked into making a podcast using Apple’s Garage Band software, and I hope to get a short podcast up by the weekend. My plan for the first one is a five-minute postrun stretching routine, probably without music. Folks can listen at the end of a workout–it’s inherently portable. I’ll provide a link once it’s up.

Champagne Chairs

Another Pica find, this is Design Within Reach’s annual champagne-cork construction contest. Amazing.

Big Time

It was fun to call Wes today and say, “I have a book agent!” I made a handshake agreement with a lovely man who, like me, works in publishing and loves to run. He was the agent for a friend’s book, and I owe this friend big time for talking me up to the agent. Now I have someone (besides Burt McDirk) who can do the pestering for me. It can only help with placement of the book; if the publisher holding the proposal doesn’t take it, there’s already a lead on a next place. (I am being intentionally cagey, half out of superstition, half out of some kind of know-when-to-hold-’em impulse.)

Lots percolating. Got to start drafting a sample chapter.

SOTU Quiz

Taking a cue from my longtime best friend Pica, and in the spirit of having completed my first exam (the USA Triathlon coaching certification exam, complete with multiple choice, true-false, short answer, and essay questions) since my nine-hour written and three-hour oral doctoral exams, and in honor of my friend Jen, who has just been accepted for her own PhD program and who scored very highly on this quiz last year, just missing a prize: the State of the Union quiz.

Words Fail Me

More Sportswriting

My very fast friend Heidi sent me this piece on my very fast new friend, Henry. Between them and my very fast friends in the Janes, I am in good company, a tortoise among hares.

Henry

It’s cold out and drizzling, and I didn’t much want to run today. But last week my running mileage was 2, because of the new bike and the nice weather, so I laced up and headed out for an easy four miles.

Twelve minutes out, I ran into a Kenyan runner named Henry. We’ve met on the cross country course before–he’s very friendly. He invited me to run with him, and we started slowly, chatting. This was his easy run of the day. Yesterday he’d run 24 miles; this afternoon, his plan is 20 more. His goal for the spring is, literally, to win the Boston Marathon. (At last year’s race, he was on the ground for 15 minutes suffering from dehydration, then got up and continued, to finish in 2:45.)

The pace picked up, my new shoes got muddy, and my plan for an easy run was shot. But it was absolutely worthwhile. After telling me about his problems with gallstones, working for the UN in Kenya, and meeting his wife–who teaches at UNC’s School of Public Health–he asked me what I did, and I explained that I have a PhD in English but work as an editor and yoga teacher.

After a little discussion, he said, “I’m glad you put down the paper, the PhD, and decided to help people.” It made my day, since I really want to see my teaching as useful. His take was that, given the epidemic of obesity in the United States, it was much more worthwhile to help people enjoy moving than to teach sedentary people about books.

We saw two women from my running group. (“Yeah, I run with the Kenyans,” I thought as we smiled and waved.) Henry said, “You women get it, you understand about running.” Maybe we do.