A Visit From Two Friends (One old, One new)…

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OK, so they are inanimate objects, but nonetheless, friends to this runner!  Excuse the blurry picture, but here are the “friends” that came out to play yesterday!

OLD FRIEND…

THE TREADMILL! That's me popping out behind it-flash wasn't working well...

The weather here in Philly has been CRAZY!  Windy windy windy.  So, I needed to bring my final “longer run” inside.  Bummer, but interesting and different.  I definitely appreciate running in the great outdoors WAY more now that I was stuck inside for a day. I did 5 miles at about a ten minute pace.  The TM tends to bang on my shins badly so I took it easy in preparation for Sunday’s race!!!!

NEW FRIEND

THE FOAM ROLLER!

Well, this baby and I began quite the love affair friendship yesterday.  IN LOVE.  The foam roller allows you to self massage and get out any kinks or muscle soreness.  According to About.com,

Foam rollers offer many of the same benefits as a sports massage, without the big price tag. The foam roller not only stretches muscles and tendons but it also breaks down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue. By using your own body weight and a cylindrical foam roller you can perform a self-massage or myofascial release, break up trigger points, and soothe tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues.

The latest issue of Runner’s World highlights to foam roller for use in runner training.  It had GREAT suggestions for exercizes/stretches to do with the foam roller to target specific muscle areas.  An explanation of some of those exercizes is here.  I used a roller at the gym but will be “running” (hehe) to my beloved Philadelphia Runner after work to get one of my own!

DO YOU USE A FOAM ROLLER?

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