Today had to be recovery of some sort after the high mileage run/walk. If you have never tried foam rolling, I highly recommend it. My first experience with it came last year when I did P90X2. On the Recovery and Mobility day Tony Horton shows you how to spend plenty of time using the foam roller to work out the kinks. There are lots of options when choosing foam rollers. Here are a few:
If you are interested in finding a foam roller, I have seen them at Wal-Mart, Dick’s, Best Buy and Amazon. They start at $15 and go up from there. The one with the ridges will really get deep into your muscles!!
43 of the day: Crunches with foam roller behind lower back. Nothing fancy – just a basic crunch but the foam roller really changes the feeling of the crunch.
Today I did a second 43. I spent 43 minutes using my foam roller to stretch and recover. The nice thing with the foam roller is you can use it to roll out stiffness or you can just hold it on a spot where you really feel it. I spent 30 of the minutes really focusing on my calves, quads, hams and hip flexors and it hurt but in a good way!
An advantage of a recovery day spent foam rolling – no need to wear tennis shoes so my blisters can heal!