Hello, it's your old friend Shin Splints!
Haven't seen you in a while, so I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm IT Band Syndrome!
Your feet seemed lonely, so I—Plantar Fasciitis—decided to keep them company.
And suddenly, a different sign is posted in your body and mind. (This is a sign, I—Dimity—know all.too.well.)
The comprehensive TriggerPoint Ultimate 6 Kit, when used correctly, regularly, and with focus, can release nearly every muscle you use for running. (And if you're concerned about the "used correctly" part, know that it comes with an easy-to-use, step-by-step manual.) You can release your calves, your glutes, your shoulders, and just about every muscle in between.
The "in between" part is vital, btw: even though your shin may be barking, your tight hip flexors may be the cause. Or if your IT Band feels about ready to snap, your tight arches may be the culprit. Your body is a kinetic chain, and everything is intimately connected—which you, a badass mother runner with smarts and mental toughness in spades in your brain, probably already realized.
The hard part with the Ultimate 6 Kit comes in with the "regularly" part. Just like a vaccum cleaner that's not plugged in doesn't suck up cat hair and stray Cheerios on its own—even the Roomba has to be turned on, right?—a TriggerPoint kit that goes unused isn't going to do you any good. I—Dimity—have found such sweet relief by making sure I roll 10-15 minutes, 3-4 times a week.
Despite my entry into the Pikes Peak Ascent (less than two weeks!), my body isn't a fan of climbing—and it tells me so on a daily basis. When I roll my calves, my quads, my inner thighs, my glutes, something magical with my lower back—my Achilles heel—happens. It doesn't bark. It doesn't whimper. It just does the job it's supposed to do: Support me as I climb and climb and climb. And the rest of my body feels fresh and ready for the next workout.
Yes, you've been asked to play Go Fish for the 8th time; yes, you'd rather go to bed; yes, the dishes need to be done. Do that stuff--but also make time for a little muscular release; TriggerPoint makes a range of products. Because consider the flip side of taking away running? Hello, frustrated, sad, angry mother runner. Trust me—especially if you've never had a serious injury—being proactive about releasing and helping your body recover goes a long way to preserving your very, very important-in-so-many-ways miles.
Six mother runners have found amazing relief and healing through the AMR Ultimate Traveling 6 Kit, and now two lucky mother runners will each have a kit of their very own. In order to win, you have to do two things:
1. Promise us, if you win, the sweet Ultimate 6 Kit won't just collect dust. (Yep, we're demanding like that.)
2. Tell us, in the comments below, where you are, injury-wise, right now on a scale of 1-10. A "1" means you're running free, fluid, zero pain; a "10" means you've been laid up for weeks, if not months, and you can't even find the dang tunnel, let alone see the stupid light. (But no, you're not angry or frustrated or anything.)
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. It begins on 8/6/14 and ends on 8/13/14. One entry per person. The value of each prize is approximately $155 The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.
Important change about winner announcments. Starting with this giveaway, we will announce our winners on Facebook and we will also email the winner, so we'll be sure to reach you if you win. We will post the winner on FB and email the winners for this giveaway on August 14. If you're wondering, podcasts will, after this Saturday, be posted and live on Saturdays, and Sunday will be a day of rest around the co-mother-runner-in-chief households.