When I was in the thick of my training for my first marathon my legs were sorer than they had ever been before. My quads ached just walking during my daily activities. Luckily, I decided to up the ante on my foam rolling routine, and I credit my The Grid foam roller by Trigger Point (along with massages twice a month) with helping me keep injuries at bay and finishing the marathon in about 30 seconds faster than my goal time.
I really like The Grid because it has a really solid plastic core, which provides lots of support compared to other foam rollers that are made of solid foam. More support means more resistance when you’re trying to massage those really sore areas. This roller is hollow, which is nice if you want to travel with it because you can stick smaller items inside of it when you’re packing your luggage. The differently sized ridges (which Trigger Point calls “Distrodensity Zones”) really do help change the amount of pressure that can be put on the area that you’re massaging.
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For those of you who have sore muscles but haven’t tried foam rolling, I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re really training hard, daily self massage can really help with your recovery and make sure that little niggling pains don’t develop into something bigger. If you need a tutorial on how to use a foam roller, Runner’s World has some great articles on how to use your foam roller, like this one. I also really enjoyed the article “Foam Rolling for A**holes” from No Meat Athlete, which is a fantastic blog and I highly encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already–there are lots of great tips for runners, even if you’re not vegetarian or vegan.
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