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Foam Rolling 1st time race week (Read 885 times)

juniordo1


    I am planning to run a half marathon this coming Saturday, three weeks after my first half marathon. I have had a tight right calf and hamstring since my first race and all the stretching in the world hasn't improved the tightness. I have no doubts that I can still run 13.1 miles on it, but I was hoping to run this race a bit more aggressively and the tightness may limit that effort.

     

    My question is this: Is it too close to the race to try something new like foam rolling?

    2013 -Sub 2:00 for 1/2 marathon


    Sandi Sue

      It's never to late to take to the foam roller.  It especially works well on those painful trigger spots.  Roll to your heart's content in my opinion.  I do it all the time and it's a life saver.  Smile

      Races for 2013:

      Kluane Bike Relay (4 legs 70 miles)

      Calgary 70.3 (72.3)

      Aukeman Sprint Triathlon 8/6/2013

       

       

      Pain is Temporary  Pride is Forever

        You'll be fine, it can only help. Even if it makes you a little sore, I still wouldn't worry.

        juniordo1


          Thanks Sandi Sue and Tyler S!

           

          I went out and bought a roller last night. I figured that the hamstring and calf weren't going to magically improve without trying something new, even during a race week.

           

          My thoughts on the foam roller:

           

          OUCH!!!!! I think the foam rollers could be used as a torture device!

           

          I thought I only had tightness in one leg but my other leg told me different. Rolling the IT bands? Forget about it.

           

          I have a little soreness in my calves this morning bu they have that "good sore" feeling to them and they are much looser today. My hamstring is still tight and I will revisit that with the roller after work today.

           

          I will continue to monitor soreness/tight muscles and hopefully get to the line Saturday morning ready to attack the course.

          2013 -Sub 2:00 for 1/2 marathon


          Ostrich runner

            Eventually that stuff gets rolled out. If the IT bands hurt, hammer them.

            http://www.runningahead.com/groups/Indy/forum

            juniordo1


              beef,

               

              I will definitely work on the IT bands. I had never had any issues with them and definitely did not enjoy the discomfort I experienced when I attempted to roll them out. I got one pass on each side and chickened out on additional passes.

              2013 -Sub 2:00 for 1/2 marathon


              Ostrich runner

                If you don't have problems with them, ignore my advice--solutions in search of problems usually end up problems themselves.

                http://www.runningahead.com/groups/Indy/forum

                juniordo1


                  I will not likely re-visit the IT bands until after I race this week. Had I not foam rolled I would never have guessed the tension in the these areas. I agree trying somethin just to try it isn't always the best idea.  Maybe others can chime in as to whether or not they think the tightness/discomfort when rolling the IT bands signal an injury waiting to happen.

                  2013 -Sub 2:00 for 1/2 marathon


                  Prince of Fatness

                    I like the foam roller for the calves but for the hamstrings a tennis ball seems to work better.

                    Semi-retired.