Its more like a stick-a-ma-jigger. I don't know what the technical name for it is but its the best damn thing ive bought in a long time. I went to Peak Performance, a running store here in Omaha, and I was looking for new shoes. The gentleman that worked there suggested that I not switch out shoes so close to my race day. I then told him about the calf and shin discomfort I have while running. He suggested this roller stick that I rub up and down my shins and calves to break down the knots and calcium buildup in my legs.
Mine is white and has more rollers and the rollers are a hard plastic but it does the same thing. I used it on Derrell's lower back first and he was purring like a
. I then tried it on my legs and it was tough. It was one of those feel good pains where it is so sore but it also feels good to workout the kinks. I found myself randomly grabbing the stick and grinding out my legs whenever my hands weren't busy. Right now I am craving that thing, looking forward to lunch so I can run home and smooth out my left leg. I guess you can say I am addicted
. The gentleman at the running store also suggested I get compression sleeves for my calves which would also help improve my recovery time. I plan on getting them today and have heard nothing but good things about them. They also look really cool:
My last blog I spoke about wanting to drop out of my 5 mile race this weekend. I have been so anxious and nervous. But ONEKIDSMOM said it perfectly: "Just a li'l pre-race stage fright, and it will make you run faster!" I am having stage-fright basically and as long as I show up, I will get through it and its nothing new, a lot of runners feel this, especially when a novice. SO thank you so much for that because I feel so much more confident. I also have to acknowledge some key folks that not only got me through this mental war but also CONSISTENTLY supports me no matter what my gripe is.
MISSB8604 - she regularly stops by my page, comments on my blogs and puts me in a clear state of mind
STLADEE - a positive force that is ready to provide outside perspective when I am down and a great cheerleader when things are going good.
ENDERLI - is a newer Spark friend but has provided so many words of wisdom! She is full of good will and has such an open mind and I love the comments and feedback she provides me.
LILSHINE - my little shero! This woman is a fighter and is so supportive of her fellow Sparkies, me in particular. She tells me constantly that I am her motivation and she doesn't even realize how she motivates me! I look to her feedback and her blogs and try to encourage her which makes me step back and evaluate myself. I wish her so much happiness and success.
SIEPIE326 - my little sister. She came to me in May and ask for my help to get fit and change her life. It was the best thing she could have done for either of us. I care so much for my baby sister and this process can cause a lot of stress but knowing that she is getting healthy and is one step closer to giving me the niece or nephew that I so desire makes it all worth it. And through this process we have become closer than we ever could have without it. Love you sissy.
CJADERUN - my voice of truth and reason. She keeps it real ALWAYS and I believe everyone needs a friend like this in your circle because they don't tell you what you WANT to hear they tell you what you NEED to hear and that is so vital to anyone's success. Thank you.
BOGUSANNIE-my foul-mouthed, funny Canadian friend! She keeps my spirit up and keeps me laughing. This journey can be hard, long and tedious and we all need someone to lighten the mood and keep your spirits up. Love this girl.
There are so many that make it possible for me to be successful, some of which are not on Spark but all these folks listed above and below have changed my life and for that, I thank you and love you and I will try my best to reciprocate the support you have given me.