Wednesday, September 18, 2013

On a Roll

I've had issues with my right calf and shin since... oh, forever.  Day one of running.  (Ok, fine, I've been running less than 2 years so obviously it's not "forever."  I'm allowed to exaggerate, it's my blog!)

I have one of these: 

I use it on a semi-regular basis, but not really not as often as I ought to.  For those not familiar, it's a tool that you use in a rolling manner to work out tight muscles.  Mine is the travel version, pictured above, which is slightly longer than a regular kitchen rolling pin (but much more narrow).   It lives near my bed, and like I said, I use it occasionally.  If my shins aren't bothering me and my calf doesn't feel that tight, I pretty much ignore it. 

Recently, I've been having a flare-up, if you will.  Shin pain on the runs following my speed work, and calf tightness pretty much on all my runs.  Nothing agonizing, but it's annoying, and I have had to cut one run short due to the pain.  I mentioned it to my coach, and she suggested I get a foam roller.  I've heard of them before, and I know people who swear by them, so I went online and ordered one.  

I was in no way prepared for what arrived at my doorstep.  This thing is HUGE! 

(Ugly feet shown for size reference)

Once I got over my shock of its sheer size, I went online and googled "How to Foam Roll."  (As an aside, I am so glad that it's 2013.   How in the hell would I ever get anything done without Google??)   After watching a few videos, and emailing with my coach for a bit, I went ahead and tried it out. 

Holy Mother Of God.  Pain.  Pain like... well, like really ouchy freaking pain.  Apparently my calf is more of an issue than I thought!  I've been assured that with daily rolling, things will get better, but I am in no way looking forward to more of this torture.   What I am looking forward to, however, is being able to run issue-free, so I guess I will be continuing to torture myself for the foreseeable future.  Fun!  

Speaking of torture, I have to go gently encourage my son to get off his duff and get ready for school. Happy Wednesday, all! =) 


  1. HaHa - I occasionally foam roll (not as often as I should) and you're right - it hurts!!! I've never tried a stick, though - which do you think works better now that you've used both?

    1. Hmm... good question. I guess maybe the foam roller? I don't know, I haven't been using it long enough to see the benefits, but it for sure hurts more, so I am going to say that means it works more. LOL

  2. That thing is a monster! Good luck! I hope it helps!

  3. I love the longer foam rollers bc I don't feel like I have to "balance" as much. I know it's painful but its been a lifesaver for me.

    1. I'm hoping it helps - it still hurts to use it, but it's only been a few days. Who knew I had so many tight spots?

  4. Hmm I haven't tried one but we have one in the basement. I had no idea what it was until you just posted a picture. LOL My husband got it from his ART chiro. Maybe I'll try it. Later. LOL


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