Foam Roller

Foam Roller

A number of people swear that the foam roller does wonders in recovering from a hard running session and is considered the poor man’s massage.  Because we can’t all afford to see a massage therapist on a regular basis, the foam roller is the next best thing.

Because stretching is sometimes not enough, the purpose of the foam roller is to eliminate and prevent muscle knots – something the more older runners tend to be more susceptible to.  You use the roller against the muscle knots with your own body weight to generate direct pressure – like a rolling lumps out of bread dough.  It is feels great (although it may hurt at first) for areas such as the IT band, hamstrings, quads and back.

A foam roller is very inexpensive, probably about $15 – $30, but the return on investment is many times over and only takes a few minutes a day.  Below is a good demonstration on the most common types of foam roller exercises.

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I’m in my mid-40s and have been running for about 19 years. I have finished 24 marathons with a personal best time of 3:04. I currently reside in San Diego, CA. I enjoy running since it keeps you honest and will give back what you put into it. Work hard, but smart, and good results will eventually follow. I like to experiment with training plans, gadgets, shoes, and nutrition to find what works for me. The primary purpose of this blog is to document my training and thoughts about running in my ongoing quest to improve my fitness and health.
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