Right now, I'm not training for anything other than life. My next race--ZOOMA Napa Valley Half-Marathon--is nearly three months away, and my next go-big-or-go-home event (Victoria Marathon) is more than half a year in the future. Doesn't mean I'm sleeping in or kicking back: I still run four days a week and strength train Tuesdays and Thursdays. While these workouts are laying the groundwork for my on-the-distant-horizon races, times like these remind me sweat sessions aren't always about miles.
It's the act of running, of clearing your head, of stretching your legs, of enjoying the quiet (or the conversation). It's the ritual that keeps us sane and smiling.
And it's crucial to maintain that ritual, those workouts, those runs in your life; they need protecting. That's why prehab and rehab are so vital. "Prehab" is taking care of your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints before injury sets in. It means your commitment to running doesn't stop when you step off the treadmill or walk back into your house. You need to carve out a few minutes--either right after your workout or maybe while watching (aptly titled) "Survivor"--to roll and release your hard-working bod.
Not going to lie: I talk the talk (or, more acurately, type the type), but I don't always walk the walk. Oft-injury-prone Dimity is much better at this self-care prehab than I am. Dear Dim has been sidelined enough times to acutely know an injury doesn't just hurt your running--it hurts all aspects of your life. But I'm vowing here and now to start prehab'ing.
I was motivated while filming this video with mother runner Cyndie--her quest to overcome plantar fasciitis using TriggerPoint Performance Therapy's Ultimate 6 Kit reminded me of the one time I've had to watch from the sidelines instead of being in the running game. I shudder to remember the pain in the heel--and in my heart--when I couldn't get my run on. And when I'm being honest with myself, I admit that my calves are often tender to the touch.
I need to make a daily date with a TriggerPoint Cold Roller. This relatively new tool is, pardon the pun, incredibly cool. After storing the stainless steel Cold Roller in the freezer, you place it under trouble spots--for me, my calves, but it might be your quads, feet, or IT band--then you move back and forth across it, allowing the motion + the cold to release muscles. Best of all, IMHO: Thanks to cold provided by the gel core, releasing muscles with the Cold Roller takes less time than other roller-type devices. To me, this chill approach to prehab'ing is the perfect introduction to self-care.
Today's Hump Day Giveaway is for two TriggerPoint Cold Rollers. To enter, tell us in the Comments section below this post on our website: Which body part do you most need to prehab? Is your IT Band your "it" location? Or maybe your hips are whining, or are your glutes grabbing your attention? Just tell us what part of your physique needs some special attention to sidestep injury, and you could be one of two gals to win a cool Cold Roller.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 4/2/14 and ends on 4/8/14; the winner will be announced on 4/12/14. One entry per person. The value of each prize is roughly $79.99. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.