Interview | Two Runners with The North Face: Rory Bosio & Kami Semick
Recently, we had the chance to sit down and talk with Rory Bosio and Kami Semick, our runners who represent The North Face that will be joining us at Squaw Valley in just a few days! Unfortunately, if you are not signed up for their running & asana classes, they are full. Here is your chance to get to know them, off the mat and off the track.
What is your favorite yoga pose or series to do before or after a run, and why? I love to do pigeon after a run. Running really locks my hips up but pigeon helps release them, although any progress I make is obliterated with my next long run!
How important to your running is having another activity, like swimming, yoga, weight lifting, etc.? Variety is key to prevent injury and to keep your workouts fresh & exciting. I cross country and back country ski in the winter. In the summer I maintain core/upper body strength with paddle boarding & yoga.
What advice do you have for yogis who want to become runners? Make it fun! Running shouldn't be just about getting in shape. You'll get way more out of it if you don't view it as a chore. It is a way to explore, and have fun with friends or just connect to nature. I love trail running so I would say find a trail, way more interesting than the road!
How does running benefit your mind -- beyond the physical workout? Running is the best mind clearer! I use it to unwind after work or just to daydream. If I haven't run in a couple of days I get cranky.
What do you do besides yoga and/or running to balance your life? I love being outdoors as much as possible with my dog and friends. That and what a lot of octogenarians do: crossword puzzles & reading.
Do you have a mantra -- for your life or specifically for when you're running? Have fun! I keep this in the back of my mind when I'm racing. My worst races are when I'm too serious and my best results always are when I'm smiling all day. Running is a privilege and my body's way of expressing joy. Love it!
What is your favorite yoga pose or series to do before or after a run, and why? Warrior three - it fires the glutes.
How important to your running is having another activity, like swimming, yoga, weight lifting, etc.? It is very important to cross train focusing on core strength. Other cardio cross training for me is not as important - except in the winter when it can be hard to run. In the winter I usually XC Ski.
What advice do you have for yogis who want to become runners? I think it's important to know that running tightens the muscles, which is a natural outcome of running. So you just have to know that as your miles go up, you will not be able to go as deep into some yoga poses. I think yoga is important in keeping muscles open and fluid, but a balance must be struck when you add running, especially high mileage running, into the mix.
How does running benefit your mind -- beyond the physical workout? While running, I think it's beneficial to take the focus from yoga of being able to breathe into a muscle group and focus on it opening, and apply that to muscles while running. Thanks to yoga, if I am feeling tight in a certain area, I can focus on relaxing that muscle group.
What do you do besides yoga and/or running to balance your life? Spend time with family and friends. There is nothing better than getting together with a friend or having dinner with your husband and relaxing with some wine. Usually good conversation and laughter flows and rejuvenates everything.
Do you have a mantra -- for your life or specifically for when you're running? Relax...Flow...