129: Ask the Yogi Runners 5 on The Power of Yoga in Setting a Marathon PR

“Sometimes the mind during a marathon will start drifting to other competitors and external situations, when really, you need to be focusing on holding your form and a relaxed state.” – Susie Stephen

Ask the Yogi Runners is a series on Running On Om hosted by Julia Hanlon and Susie Stephen. In this episode, Susie and Julia discuss their recent marathon experiences. In part one, Julia recounts her journey guiding Lisa, a visually impaired runner, in the recent Boston Marathon. Susie explores how she incorporated yoga practices in her preparation and race plan for the Eugene Marathon, including reciting mantra, goal setting, and running without a Garmin watch. They also answer questions on how to use yoga to create hip and spinal mobility in runners. In part two, just hours after crossing the finish line, Susie recaps her experience running the Eugene Marathon and how her yoga practices were put to the test.

We would love to answer your yoga and running related questions— feel free to comment on the podcast post or send an email to asktheyogirunners@gmail.com with them!

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3 thoughts on “129: Ask the Yogi Runners 5 on The Power of Yoga in Setting a Marathon PR

  1. tam says:

    Julie and Susie, thank you so much for this podcast. I loved the great advice you relayed, and even more, the gentle, respectful way you both have of conveying it! It was really fun hearing about your Eugene and Boston experiences.

    I’m a runner and don’t have a yoga practice. I was registered for the 2015 Boston Marathon, but ended up spectating because of hip-related pain. I think the origins were hamstring/piriformis related. I was wondering if in an upcoming Ask the Yogi podcast, you could discuss piriformis-hip related issues…and maybe offer some advice for getting through this kind of injury. I’m feeling better now and so want to preserve the healing that’s happened.

    Again, thank you very much for all the energy you put into your website and podcasts. I just love the tone of it all!

    Best to you,


    • runningonom says:

      Hi Tam,

      Thank you so much for tuning into Ask the Yogi Runners. It means the world. I am so sorry to hear about your hamstring/hip/piriformis pain and we would happily discuss it on our next episode which will probably be released in early to mid June.

      Thank you for reaching out and I hope it continues to clear up!


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