If Pilates saved your life…..

Oh have I got a treat for you today people, you see I had a flash of inspiration while at the gym the other day and have composed one of my little song/poem for you. However given that the last one was about communal showers I’m not sure you should get your hopes up just yet.

The Fun Lovin Criminals are one of my all time favourite bands and incidentally Huey Morgan is also a top class DJ when he’s on 6music, perfect to listen to on a Sunday. One of their songs pays tribute to Barry White, which if you haven’t heard it before here’s a little taster.

So in the finest tradition I have butchered this great song and created my own version to pay tribute to role that Pilates has played in getting me back running:

Pilates, saved my life
And if Pilates, saved your life
Or got you back in your running tights
Sing Pilates, Pilates, it’s alright
 
The Dr he said,
you’re kind of like a pregnant woman,
Weak in the front, weak in the back
and with dodgy hips, you’re about to crack
 
Now go don some lycra,
join the ladies at the gym,
Build up that core and try not to fall asleep
Feel the burn, don’t stop until you can touch cheek to cheek
 
Pilates, saved my life
And if Pilates, saved your life
Or got you back in your running tights
Sing Pilates, Pilates, it’s alright
 
Now you’re feeling better,
But lifting a baby needs good posture,
Do it wrong and you’ll become a cripple,
When you’d rather be out getting joggers nipple
 
Running free is in touching distance,
A few more weeks till you can take the winding road,
into the forest and away from the world
Stronger than ever if truth be told
 
Pilates, saved my life
And if Pilates, saved your life
Or got you back in your running tights
Sing Pilates, Pilates, it’s alright

Now if you do happen to still be reading and have managed to wipe the vision of me in lycra from your minds I thought I’d share my top tips for not ending up with the same medical conditions as a woman who has given birth like I did.

Never underestimate the importance of stretching and working on your core muscles if you are a runner. Make time in your week to do something about this, even if it’s just 15 minutes of stretching every day. You won’t believe the benefit to your running and also preventing you getting injured. My exercise regime used to be just running and simply mixing up endurance and speed sessions. Now I am running 1-2 times a week, doing an hour of Pilates, a gym session to work on core muscles and light weights and then 40 minutes of swimming. No doubt as I build towards a longer race I’ll do some more running but I don’t think I’ll drop the Pilates or the gym session.

P.S I’m sure you’re all disappointed not to see a photo of me in my running stuff or my now very impressive toned upper body. Maybe next time….. 🙂

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