I. am. lovin’. this. thing!
OK, maybe not the roller itself or the accompanying “felling” that comes when using it; but I am loving the benefits I’m seeing from using it regularly on my IT band. This morning’s session, particularly the run, was a shocker!
I was skeptical at first, but bought it anyway. After using this baby for the last two weeks, I am sold! This week, I am back to continuous running – after a 6-week period of exclusively doing a run/walk/run regimen – and back at a pre-injury pace too. [knock wood]
I’ve started rolling the IT band in both legs just to make sure I’m evenly stretched and am also starting to roll the other muscles in my legs as well. I roll before each training session, after it, and several times during the day while I’m at home – about 30 seconds to a minute be leg. Basically, I’m a rollin’ fool!
I think revising my training program has helped as well: still remaining active, but cross-training by replacing a few run sessions with cycling ones. Coincidentally, Competitor.com posted a great article on the benefits of cross-training for runners yesterday. I’m not a gym-goer, so I’m counting cycling as my cross. I’m still tweaking the program, but this is what I am leaning toward:
- Mon: Bike – 1 hour
- Tues: Run – 4 to 6 miles
- Wed: Bike – 1 hour
- Thurs: Run – 7 to 10 miles
- Fri: Brick – 1 hour
- Sat: Rest (and pancakes!)
- Sun: 2+ hour long run
Revised training program or not, I think the foam roller is playing a big part in remedying my IT band syndrome…
Training Journal – 7/26/13:
- Current plan: Mix of running and cycling
- Today’s session: 60 Minute BRick
- BIKE: 8.3 miles @ 17.3 mph avg TIME: 28:52
- TRANSITION: 3:35 min
- RUN: 4.25 miles @ 7:49 avg pace. TIME: 33:13
- TOTALS: Distance: 12.55 miles, Time: 1:05:40
Great that you are making progress with your recovery. For me besides the foam roller a softball ball worked really well. Rolling the softball ball through the specific ares which require special attention helped a lot. Keep it up! 🙂