But let's back up. I have been talking about this torture post for a while now, being all secretive about what I would uncover. Don't get me wrong, I can torture myself like a champion, and in many different ways. For instance:
Cowl necks make no sense to me.
But today, I'm talking about something very specific to the exercise realm of my life.
If you have ever been to the gym and seen the mutant pool noodles stacked up in the corner of the stretching area, you may have wondered what they're for. By the way, it's best to steer clear because they are likely ridden with sweaty, nasty germs.
If you're a runner, you may be familiar with them and likely have one or two of your own. They are:
Foam rollers are commonly used to relieve IT band issues, which is why runners tend to use them. But, let's start off by getting something straight. If anyone tells you that using a foam roller is like getting a massage, then that person is a DIRTY, ROTTEN LIAR. Pay attention to me.
The first time you use your foam roller you will be VERY EXCITED. You will imagine your IT band (or whatever other) pain will disappear within seconds.
You will be wrong.
You may want to wait to foam roll until the house is empty of small children and/or the faint of heart. You should probably close your windows too, especially if you have a Home Owners' Association. As you start to roll, you will hear the most colourful language emanate from the depths of your soul.
However, it works. If you continue to subject yourself to this pain daily, you will find it gets better. People frequently tweet about foam rolling, often adding the hash tag #hurtssogood. And it's true; it can be very satisfying. You might even start thinking about new sore spots to roll out.
Like, your calves.
But if you're anything like me, you'll leave the foam roller in a corner for awhile, and find that you have to start over from scratch. Eventually you will pull it out again though and start the process all over again.
Just make sure you have a fresh bar of soap on hand for when you're done.
UPCOMING POSTS: RACE RECAP, MY PT VISITS, RUNNING WITH EARPHONES