Thursday, January 27, 2011

Foam Rollers

Today i used a foam roller i bought at the Sports Authority.  I have been tender in my legs for a while, and I was told that it is a good way to release tension caused by repetitive motion like running.

Verbal instructions i received:  Roll back and forth on this and if you feel a lump, stay on it for 30 seconds. Then roll some more and when you find more lumps, hold them, then roll some more.

Internet instructions:  If you look up foam rollers you will mostly figure out how to curl your hair.  Fortunately, you can wade through those and find some videos on how to use a foam roller.  Luckily, I am a research maniac, and over the last year I have looked at things like Mayofacial release, Active Release Therapy, and so on and so forth.  I am sure I have probably read most of the posts regarding foam rollers that were posted on Trifuel, SlowTwitch, Beginner Triathlete,, and any other one you could possibly think of to look up.  I didn't see that lady with the giant rack who does the burpees and the other Body Motion videos do a video on them yet, but I am sure she will soon.  It seems inevitable.

Anyway, long story short, (yeah right), I started rolling my calves.  Here is the deal, There are basically 3 muscles on the back of your leg.  The two larger ones on each side, and one in the middle, kinda underneath everything.  I am not going to feed you techspeak that I know all about what they are and such, cause I would have to look them up and post what I saw on the internet, you would think i am wicked smart, but I am not.  When looking at MY calf, you see what looks like a tapered wine barrel stuck to a 4x4.  No visible definition between the 3 muscles whatsoever.

This indicates to me that we may have some adhesion issues.  Sure enough, about half way up, i feel a lump.  When i say lump, I mean more like I have unintentionally adhesed, like, a baby's arm, or a 3 foot python or something in my leg.  Rolling over it is painful, and feels like going over speed humps in your car (not a speed bump mind you, if i were actually in my car, my head would have hit the ceiling.).  I have the same tenderness on my IT band, only it is less like a speed hump, and more like driving through a train yard.  Kinda bumpy.  Quads are the same way.

I feel much better after rolling them out.  I think it is going to take some time to get the big ones dissolved...  Also, I forgot to put my workout in here!  I ran 7.5 miles.  About 1.25 hours.  Right on track.  I did about .5 miles barefoot to work on getting the tender feet stronger.

Who knows, maybe by the end of the year I will be Barefoot Somebody or Other.


P.S. - If you have a baby who all of a sudden is missing an arm, please let me know, I will stop rolling, and try to pop it like a zit.  (Mental note:I shouldn't write AFTER the glass of wine.)

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