Billy doesn’t really love giving me a 45 minute massage after every single run. Plus, the fact that he has to touch my legs or feet that are drenched in sweat kind of makes another valid reason to skip giving me a massage………..so what does a girl do when she was really smart and forgot her Tiger Tail and Foam Roller (foam rolling movie HERE) at home for the summer……
A tennis ball. I am sure that many of you have seen this or done this before but it is always nice to have a little reminder of why?
Please do not make fun of my feet.
Why is it beneficial to roll out on a foam roller, use a tiger tail, tennis ball or get a massage if you are a runner?!?
-Easy answer: They help muscles to recover!
-Reduce aches and pains!
Basically, the act of applying pressure to areas such as the IT band, glutes, feet, hamstrings, quads, calves and upper back help to reduce the tightness of fibrous tissues and muscles. These tools just make it a lot easier to apply pressure in the areas that get really tight for us runners!!!
Foam rolling may be super uncomfortable at first but with time it feels better as your muscles and tissues are loosened up!
A lot of people recommend to foam roll BEFORE and AFTER a workout……but, for me I just do it after because if I try to do it before I may end up falling back asleep as I am laying on the ground.
Okay, I actually think I am going to start doing it BEFORE and AFTER and see if that helps my performance!
Do you FOAM ROLL, TIGER TAIL, OR TENNIS BALL before or after a run? Have you tried it? Do you think it helps your recovery?
Did you have a good workout today?
-YES…..love Monday workouts after a rest day!