Over the holidays, pro runners and fitness trainers shared their favourite moves on Instagram
With resolution season in full swing, now is the perfect time to start building your fitness base for 2020. As you tick up your mileage to get ready for spring races, it’s important to supplement running with yoga and strength training to boost your balance, flexibility, and stability and prevent injury for the long road ahead.
Luckily, you don’t have to go further than your Instagram feed for inspiration. From December 25 through January 5, Ann Mazur, marathoner and founder of Runners Love Yoga, hosted the #12DaysOfRLYRunning2019 challenge, where pro athletes and fitness experts took turns sharing 12 different yoga and strength training exercises on Instagram for each of the 12 days.
Followers were then asked to post their own videos and photos of themselves doing the move of the day with the hashtag #12DaysOfRLYRunning2019, to be eligible to compete for one grand prize: a pair of Normatec recovery boots, Arena swim accessories, Runners Love Yoga gear, and treats from Honey Stinger and Garden of Life. The runner-up receives Runners Love Yoga gear, Honey Stinger snacks, and a training journal courtesy of Grayson Murphy.
“I started doing the challenge in 2017, and I got an instant enthusiastic response from pros wanting to contribute and followers,” Mazur, who was teammates with Molly Huddle at Notre Dame University, told Runner’s World. “People always want to know what the pros are doing to strength train. Also, I think athletes sometimes get into a rut with their training, and this is a great way to try a new move they don’t normally do, but maybe they should do.”
Now that the challenge is over, Mazur and her cohosts are picking a winner to take home the grand prize. And while it’s too late to compete for those prizes now, it’s not too late to try out these 12 exercises—which hit everything from your core to your calves—during your next gym session. Here are the moves from #12DaysOfRLYRunning2019 that feature pro runners such as Huddle, Murphy, Emily Sisson, and more.