Whether you are a serious marathoner or simply a “run-for-fun” type, Pilates provides the optimal runner’s workout. Health and fitness experts agree that Pilates exercises are ideal, both as a preparation for all forms of running, and also as a way to repair any damage that running might cause.
Marathon runner Aline Raywood “recalls the time when she was having a groin pull almost every 2 months, which started to interfere with her training. She was also plateauing in her training as she was feeling that she was lacking oxygen for sustained high level of endurance.” The answer for Raywood: Pilates.
For more about the benefits of Pilates for runners, check out these articles. Then, mark your calendar with one or more of the upcoming, local running events listed below.
- “How Pilates Benefits Runners” (http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/12/09/how-pilates-benefits-runners)
- “How Pilates for Runners Works” (http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/running/training/pilates-for-runners.htm).
- “Increase your pace & power – Injury free” (http://jeaniqueyogaandpilates.com/1410/increase-your-pace-power-injury-free).
Awesome 80s Run SF (Date/Place: 11/23/14/San Francisco).
Highlights: All finishers receive a “Totally Awesome ’80s Finishers Medal, Circa 1980s Style T-shirt, and Free Race Photo Downloads at this Rad 5k Run / Walk. Join the Team Challenge and Costume Contest for Gnarly Prizes and Way Cool Entertainment at Crissy Field – Presidio of San Francisco.” Discount Code: NEON. Website: http://awesome80srun.com/san-francisco-awesome-80s-run-5k/
Mustache Dache 5k (Date/Place: 11/16/2014/San Francisco).
Highlights: All participants receive “the very truly official 2014 Mustache Dache t-shirt.” Website: http://mustachedache.com/san-francisco/
North Face Endurance Challenge (Date/Place: 12/06/2014/San Francisco).
Highlights: Marathon relay & “kids run.” Website: http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/endurance-challenge/san-francisco-championship/?stop_mobi=yes
Santa Skivvies Run (Date/Place: 12/06/2014/San Francisco).
Highlights: The Santa Skivvies Run is “a festive romp through San Francisco benefiting San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The route begins at UN Plaza and follows Market Street to the Castro. In just four short years, Santa Skivvies Run has become one of the city’s most beloved holiday events.” Website: http://dev.santaskivviesrun.org/
Holiday Hustle (Date/Place: 12/07/2014/Morgan Hill).
Highlights: Runners that register before November 24th. will receive a tech tee. All runners “will be able to enjoy a post race beer as well as the food you come to expect from a trail race. There will be finishers medals given for all distances.” Website: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=28585
Coyote Hills Half Marathon & 10k/5k (Date/Place: 01/24/2015/Fremont).
Highlights: “Half the fun will be experiencing all the different kinds of trails, including dirt, paved and even wood bridges. Hikers/walkers are always welcome!” Website: http://www.brazenracing.com/coyotehills.html
Bay Breeze Half Marathon 10k & 5k (Date/Place: 02/14/15/San Leandro).