"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Foam Roller Update

The quick take on my new Trigger Point foam roller is a cautious thumbs up. Knowing that I need a few weeks to truly correlate a reduction in the slight ITB discomfort with these exercises, I do feel some early benefits from having used this roller for the past several days.  In no particular order, my initial observations:

  • Once I got the hang of the motion and positioning of the body, the exercises became smoother than I had originally feared.  The key is to use the Trigger Point on a firm, padded floor, as opposed to the carpet in your bedroom. 
  • Like one reader commented, the bonus benefit is a really good core and triceps workout; no way around it. 
  • Aside from the IT Band, I have found that if I do a few sets of 10 - 15 on each calf and hamstring, my legs feel pretty loose. 
  • It seems to be much more effective following a workout and some light stretching.  I’m trying to alternate some core work and stretches with sets of the roller.  
  • I still can’t figure out how in the world this thing works in the lower back and shoulder blade positions.  These exercises just seem to be begging for a pinched nerve or herniated disc.  

Again, the real proof is about four to six weeks out. The weekly mileage will run between 38-46 over this period of time and I will know for certain if the Trigger Point has helped, hindered or had no impact at all. Regardless, I am certain to be sporting some killer Tri’s for the rest of the summer! Stay tuned.......

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