Rory gets her inspiration to run from the beautiful scenery of the Sierra Mountains, literally in her backyard. She has competed in ultras for the past 4 years and plans to do so for many more.
Rory Bosio’s love of trail running started when she was a teen and her passion for the sport has only grown since then. She has lived in Lake Tahoe, California all her life.
“As an ultra-runner, I run up to 80-100 miles a week. While I obviously love running, it does take its toll on my body in the form of tight muscles & sore joints. The best way I’ve found to counteract the all the damage caused by running on a daily basis is through yoga. However I’m not devoted to only one type. I’m more of a yoga polygamist; I like to do everything from ashtanga to iyengar to bikram. The most important thing is to be consistent. Incorporating just 15 minutes a day of quality yoga poses has made a noticeable difference in my running form and helped with injury prevention. Yoga increases my range of motion, lengthens muscles, strengthens the core and realigns my spine after it’s been contracted and twisted from a hard day on the trails.
Yoga has also helped me overcome the mental challenges associated with ultra-running. My mind can wander to places of self-doubt and negativity during a 50 or 100-mile race. It’s all too easy to focus on how much I’m suffering during the low points of an ultra. Chaffing, blisters, cramps, and just plain exhaustion are common obstacles during any endurance event. However, through yoga I’ve learned to center my mind and concentrate on my breathing. Almost always this pulls me out of my valley of anguish! I can get into my zone and let my running flow. Then I’m able to focus on all the fabulous parts of ultra-running: the amazing people I meet, the scenery, and the sense of accomplishment that comes after you’ve run more in one day than most people do in a month!”
Rory’s tips for runners who want to become yogis: