I read voraciously. I read books, magazines, online articles; anything I can get my brain upon about running, health, fitness, cooking, and the like. I love it all so much that I feel like an anteater sucking up all the little bits of data I can.
One of the items I read a bit ago said to use a foam roller before and after each run or workout. I have a roller and I already use it after my longer and harder runs, but I never thought of using it beforehand, nor did I think of it before or after my strength training sessions.
I can tell you that it’s made a HUGE difference in my workouts and runs. I roll my top thigh area, my IT bands, my bottom thigh area and my calves about 20 times before each run or workout and then the same after. If my back is sore, I will roll that as well, but that’s not as mandatory for my runs as my legs.
And if it has been an extremely difficult or longer run, I’ll roll a second time afterwards and then once more in the morning.
So, I have a special relationship with my roller. It’s helped a lot to get me back into running shape. I know longer feel knee pain at all, so I must be doing something right. And my IT band muscles are hardly ever tight now.
Everything is a continuing work in progress. I don’t think I’ll ever learn it all, but I’ll certainly trying!