Columbus loves running (and so does Sweat Local!). The Columbus Marathon attracts some of the country’s elite runners, and the Cap City is one of the best half and quarter marathons around. This year, Runner’s World will be in Columbus to cover the Cap City Half Marathon, which will also host the USATF Half Marathon Championships. It’s kind of a big deal.
For those of you who are running (we are!), you will want to ensure you do everything you can to run your best and prevent injury. Aside from a quick stretch before the race, there are a ton of places around Columbus that will get your body ready for 13.1 miles. You’ve put in the miles, and now it’s time to get your body and mind in check before race day. Since you probably aren't running much at all this week, use this time to stretch get your body right. Below, we listed our top 5 places around Columbus you should consider checking out ahead of the Capital City Half Marathon on April 29th.
SOS SloFlo Class
SOS actually has a ton of great classes that will strengthen your core and major leg muscles that will help you with endurance racing. With SloFlo, you are taken through a 75 minute yoga class that is relaxing and challenging all at the same time. This is seriously one of the best stretches in the city. Check out either their Grandview or Dublin studio.
Barre classes are great for flexibility already, but throw in some heat and you have one heck of a workout! Melt has a lot of great classes, all heated (hello, MELT?), that will get you sweating and help with your mobility for the long run. What’s really cool is that your first class is free!
We blogged about this place a few weeks ago, and their pre-competition cocktail would be the perfect way to get all the essential vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants before the big race. Book your appointment soon and try to get in on that Friday to ensure you are performing at your best come race day!
PAI offers a great meditative yoga class that will allow you to get your body stretched out, but also get your mind in a good space so you can be focused, relaxed, and ready for the race. They have two locations in Dublin and Gahanna, and they offer different types of yoga classes for all levels. Classes begin at 5:30 a.m. and there are plenty of classes throughout the day to fit any schedule. PAI is also offering a free yoga class on Sunday for all Cap City runners at their Dublin location at 1pm! Grab your spot here: http://paiyogafitness.com/workshops-events.
Balanced Yoga Studios
Newly renovated and located in Clintonville, this yoga studio has everything for all types of Yogis out there. There are hot power yoga classes, and mindful “Baptiste” classes to clear out all the bad energy and find your focus. The classes are all taught by excellent instructors and the classes fly by. Check out our review of them here, and make sure you get in a class before the big race.
What are your plans the week before the big race?
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus