After reading about trigger points and myofascial release, I’ve been wanting to purchase a foam roller. It seemed to the the must have tool for runners. As luck would have it, a local gym was offering a class on how to properly use one. They even provided one along with an instructional DVD. I jumped on the offer and showed up yesterday.
I expected it going in, but it %$!@ hurts! We spent just under an hour going through all the techiques for different muscles. I knew my calves were bad, they’ve been tight since Corktown. I wasn’t expecting the pain in the glutes that I felt. Supposedly the more I roll, the better it gets. So its been less than 24 hours and I’ve already done three sessions.
|You really do look this cool when you do it.|
|Except your face looks like this.|
Woke up early this morning to get 5 miles in before work. Decided to roll as my warm-up. About a mile in, I stopped to stretch. My right shin gets really tight. Eventually I’ll go to a PT about it, but until then I just keep stretching and rolling. At mile two, I was a mess. Both legs were giving me hell, but I powered through. Finally I reached mile 4 and things started to loosen up. Too bad I was 80% done with my run and no time to extend it.
It was a shame it was so early. I was along the lake and the sun wouldn’t rise for another 2 hours. One Day I’ll catch it.
When I got back I went straight to the roller and did another session. I must say, my legs feel fine after my run. The roller stays.