To celebrate my 30+ years we had a waffle bar to include all the toppings a gal could imagine: black walnuts, coconut, honey, chocolate chips, bananas, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, maple syrup and more.
I would share the recipe, but waffles are sort of my husband’s baby. I just consume and gladly, too.
Though I’d love to just kick back and sip sparkling water all day, the foam roller beckons.
I’ve been building mileage an intensity in my training for three weeks now. This week I started to notice what we call “tweaks” in my hamstrings; like a little ping of pain every once in a while toward the end of a harder tempo run. The tweaks might be minor now, but they could become a much larger problem. For instance, several years ago I dealt with months of hamstring tendonitis. It was not pretty. With the help of Pilates and physical therapy, I have not had any issues with tendonitis since. One technique to help worked muscles heal is foam-rollering. The foam roller in this picture is of a lighter density. Typically the darker the roller (gray or black), the more dense and the more abrasive it is to your pressure points. I have the white because it was given to me by a physical therapist, but I’ve used a much denser roller too and both are great.
How does it work?
First, you don’t need to be a runner or avid athlete to use a foam roller. To me it feels sort of like a massage. And it’s fun, you just get down and roll: back, legs, butt, etc. You’ll want to say away from bony spots; that will just hurt. Instead, stick to the meat. Roll for a few minutes on each major muscle group. When you come upon a particularly sore spot, you might go back and forth a little more or linger in one spot a little longer until the pain subsides.