Amazing Story of a Marathon Runner Who Says Yoga Helps Me to Become Better Athlete
Last week, there was a famous Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last sunday, where 2010 winner Katherine Moore wanted to defend her title. And as she says about herself, “I am tough as nails,” she did it. And she even run this year about 1 minute faster then the last time she appeared on this competition.
Moore says that Yoga gave her all she needed to improve herself as a runner and athlete. Here I will give you some short points she made on the interview for the Canadian newspaper Vancouver Courier.
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“I changed my mind and any pain that I felt, I just started to think very positively, [saying] very positive mantras and affirmations to myself.”
She reminded herself that a competitive 42-km road race is something she enjoys, and said she had to “just know that I wanted to be there and try to enjoy the atmosphere, the energy when you’re really hurt and struggling.”
Moore’s self-talk became specific. “When I start to hurt, I just focus on ‘relax,’ or I’ll repeat the word ‘breathe’ just to take deep breaths.”
Runners have much to learn from yoga, said Moore, although the two pursuits are at odds from one another.
“Running is completely the opposite of yoga. Running, you’re contracting the muscle, it’s a strenuous activity, it’s a demand on the body. Yoga counter-balances that, it’s more relaxing, lengthening the muscles, quieting the mind,” she said.
“I find the focus you get in yoga, learning just to focus your attention and try to clear out a lot of the chatter in the in mind, helps when things get really tough in a race or in training.”
Moore’s Colorado-based coach, Olympic marathoner Kathy Butler, said each runner is different but all can benefit from yoga. In Moore’s case, she was already practising yoga when she returned to competitive running.
“If someone has been running for 20 years but never done yoga, it would make more sense to take a more cautious approach to yoga and running,” Butler wrote in an email. “I still think it can be very beneficial, especially if it is somewhat targeted to athletes or runners or at least approached with those weaknesses and strengths in mind.”