>Health and Nutrition>Foam Rolling 1st time race week
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
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.
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.
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.
Eventually that stuff gets rolled out. If the IT bands hurt, hammer them.
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.
If you don't have problems with them, ignore my advice--solutions in search of problems usually end up problems themselves.
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.
Prince of Fatness
I like the foam roller for the calves but for the hamstrings a tennis ball seems to work better.