National Foam Rolling Day!


Three years ago, I had no idea what a foam roller was. The naivete of a new runner.

So what is a foam roller?

“A foam roller is a piece of exercise equipment used for self-massage. When used correctly, they can sooth tight, sore parts of the body. This can speed up muscle recovery. This process is also called myofascial release.”

This sounds like something all runners and triathletes should do!

The Neon Runner house has a plethora of myofascial release products. We boast three foam rollers. I keep the mini Trigger Point one at work, so it’s missing from this picture. We also have two Omni ball massagers, which I recommend EVERY runner to get. We often carry them around in our gym bags, so who knows where they are!

My favorite is the Trigger Point massage ball. It’s great for shin splints, sore glutes, and knots in the calves. The Stick gets used on the boys quite a bit. The big black one (a cheapo Amazon find!) is good for rolling both legs out at once, but I also use it for some back stretches that I learned in yoga class.

I try to get 2-3 good foam rolling sessions in a week, in addition to my every other week massage therapy appointments. Mr. Neon and I usually foam roll while we watch television. Sometimes we have to turn the volume up though to drown out the groaning.

Do you have a foam roller? How often do you use it?

All the Re’s

Rest. Relax. Recover. Restore. Refocus. Regroup. Reassess. Refresh.

Yep, that’s what I’m doing.

I’m trying not to make any goals or think about anything other than the present. And that’s hard for me. I’m a planner by nature. I like to know what’s around the corner. I like to have a plan of attack for everything. And right now, I’m just kind of wandering around without direction. I’ll admit I’m a little bit lost.

I might run a 5K and try for a new PR. I might finish out 1000 miles running for the year. I might take a break from running and focus on XTing. I kind of want these things to happen naturally and organically without effort. Just do them, without thinking them through. Remember my math sheet from a week or two ago? I threw it away. If I make it to 1000 miles, then I do. If I don’t, there’s always next year.

I’m giving meditation a good college try. I downloaded the app Headspace and paid for the subscription service. I’m on day 13. I have yet to make it three days in a row. Right before the marathon, I ordered 21 Day Fix from my Beach Body coach. I’m going to give it a try. I think it’ll be the final step for me to achieve true clean eating. Mr. Neon is on board too.

So that’s where I am. Pretending to not have goals when I really do. I’m hopeless.