Runners run. And that's pretty much it. I've met a few exceptions, but for the most part that's what they focus on. Practice makes perfect. I get it. But listen, what if I told you that you could run even faster, get injured less, and make yourself taller (well, at least standing up straight for once)!
A lot of runners develop certain habits when running, whether they roll their shoulders forward and lift their chin resulting in that hunch back we love so much; or they roll in on their feet every time a foot hits the pavement (or treadmill...whatever). Muscles are overused, tendonitis or bursitis can form, and all of this could lead to a strain or worse, a tear!
But you should keep running.
Just do Pilates too... duh.
Pilates is going to help you create the strongest core you've ever had while lengthening the spine. Pilates is known to improve posture. That hunchback can be reversed, FYI. Balance gets better, body alignment (yes including those feet) improves drastically, and you'll finally have no excuse when it comes to stretching. We'll help you safely stretch those hamstrings, quads, calves, and what have you. This increased flexibility will improve a runner's stride, and increase the overall range of motion in the hips.
Running is rough on the body. Your joints take a beating. Your muscles tighten up. But that run is the best part of your day isn't it? Secretly? Yeah, I thought so. Just take care of your body. Pilates is a tool you can use daily (yes, even AT HOME) to make that daily run possible without risk of injury. The two translate well, as both focus on breathing and finding the most efficient way of moving.
Just try it. Tell me what you think. Find a YouTube video, come to me, read a Pilates book, whatever it is! Try it for two weeks. Get back to me! I'll be waitingggg....