If you’re not using a foam roller then you’re missing out on a simple way to improve your running. Foam rolling will help you with recovery, increase your mobility and increase your body awareness(always a good thing for a mindful runner).
Work each major running muscle group for 2 -3 minutes preferably 4 – 6 times a week. It can sometimes feel like torture but it’s a good kind of pain. If the pain feels sharp or tingly or it feels worse after massage then go see your doctor or physio. Below is a short video illustrating using the foam roller on the main muscles that runners use. In a later post I’ll cover how to self massage the calves and feet in more detail.