Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

Let’s talk present day, shall we? For the record, I am not a Limp Bizkit fan and I don’t celebrate their entire catalog or anything. That song lyrics just popped into my head when I needed a post title.

My 5K last Saturday, I had horrible calf / shin pain. I am really convinced that this is due to my calf muscles… well… all my muscles… being super tight.

Tuesday, I ran two miles. I stopped to stretch at one mile, and again at two. I just couldn’t get relief and felt like my muscles wouldn’t let go.

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Quick picture as I headed out to the trail.

 

Wednesday, I ran four miles, stopping each mile to stretch. My right leg (which was the issue at my race) finally loosened up, but the left was hurting.

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Trailhead at the start of my run.

 

Before my Wednesday run, I did some stretching at home. I discovered that if I tried to sit down on the floor, with my legs folded under me, my butt wouldn’t touch my heels. I really had to lean back and force my butt down. Not good. I stood up and inverted into a downward-facing dog. I could not make my heels touch the floor. So painful.

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It’s like a seriously evil rollerblade.

 

After my Wednesday run, I opened up my new roller I had received that night. It is called the Roll Recovery R8. It looks kind of like an evil rollerblade torture device. I worked on my left calf / shin for a bit and noticed an improvement. I took the roller to work with me today and am trying to get some additional rolling in before my run tonight.

I will report back on if my leg is improving with the new roller!

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