I’ve heard other running coaches say yoga isn’t “running specific” because it doesn’t mimic running and thus might not be worth an athlete’s time for cross training. However, just like any strength training or mobility training program, a yoga practice can be created to enhance specific areas of an athlete’s fitness.
I don’t enter races very often, but over the years I have run in many 5ks, a 10k or two, a 15k, and several half-marathons, and one full marathon.
What made my first and so-far only marathon possible was a confidence that I could run 26.2 miles, despite never having run even close to that distance before. It took me two years to complete my goal, but I just knew that I could do it.