This Philadelphia Gym Is Hosting a Race Recovery Class After the Broad Street Run

Plan ahead for the Broad Street Run pain.

Photo courtesy of Emily Sabalbaro.

While I’m sure many of you are in the throes of your Broad Street Run training — perhaps even running a little behind schedule on it — it’s hard to imagine life after the race. A crowded ten-mile run will inevitably leave you exhausted, crampy, sore, and probably a little hangry. So, how does one go about recovering? Well, OpenBox Athletics is hosting a yoga and stretching session following the Broad Street Run to help kick off your recuperation.

OpenBox’s recovery class is going down on Sunday, May 6 — a date that’s probably already on your calendar if you’re running — at 6:45 p.m. (after your post-run meal and nap, obvi). This yin yoga class — which will be chock full of lots of slow and gentle stretching — will be led by Emily Sabalbaro, who specializes in yin and restorative yoga for athletes and is a pretty intense runner herself (she’s done an ultramarathon and regularly does trail races and obstacle courses).

Expect long holds of forward folds, twists, backbends, and restorative postures — poses targeting the connective tissue and fascia in our bodies to aid in speedy recovery. Oh, and did we mention that there will hands-on massages all throughout class (especially during a nice, long savasana)? I mean, if the pose below doesn’t scream recovery, I’m not sure what does.

Photo courtesy of Emily Sabalbaro.

So, if you’re running Broad Street this year, try a little active recovery after the race instead of, say, landing on the couch immediately upon your arrival to the homestead and not moving for a solid 24 hours. Though there’s no shame in the latter, consider this recovery yoga class a chance to establish a new post-race strategy. You can get your stretch on for $15 at OpenBox’s second-floor studio at 1931 Washington Avenue in Graduate Hospital. Reserve your spot here.

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