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Being Sensible



The tell-tale mild burning sensation down the outside of my legs from hip to knee made me realise this morning that I have neglected my ITB and need to get back to foam rolling, strength exercises and stretches regularly. I must use my foam roller after long runs!

I decided that today should definitely be a rest day, according to my plan, and I shouldn’t even think about doing an extra day or so to make up for my lack of miles last week. My overall miles may be on the low side for a week or two but, as I’m always reminded, it’s better to get to the start line under trained rather than injured or not at all!

My exercise for Janathon day 7 therefore has been 50 squats, 10 press ups, 50 lunges and a plank. I was rather impressed with myself for managing 4 mins. 1 min on front, 1m right, 1m left, 1m front again in one go.

I am also half way through foam rolling my legs. Don’t worry about how horrible the blue one looks – I haven’t needed it because the green one is more than painful enough!

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

9 thoughts on “Being Sensible

  1. I’m not sure anything would make me use that blue roller! I have a mildly textured one which I only use when the neighbours are out!!

  2. That blue one looks like a chinese torture tool – OUCH!

  3. If you’re into foam rolling check out my friend’s friend Ashley Borden on You Tube. She’s also featured in this month’s Women’s Health magazine. She is the queen of foam rolling.

  4. Sounds like your core is in far better shape than mine!

  5. I don’t have a foam roller but I really want one. I’m currently using a rolling pin or a tennis ball. The blue one looks scary!

  6. Yikes! I keep wondering whether I need to switch to a knobblier foam roller but like you am finding the basic one plenty hurty enough for now.

  7. It’s surprising just how much they can hurt I think, a good hurt of course though (you know it’s doing some good), still wouldn’t fancy trying the blue one though! 😉

  8. 4 minutes planking!! wow

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