I haven't seen any medical folks about my piriformis or IT pain, but the two gym trainers I've talked to, and even a pilates video, suggested using the foam roller. I have to agree, it's a pain in the butt (pun intended) when you first start using it, but my god it does help a lot.
I don't know anything about pool running, but thought I'd chime in on the roller thing. Am very curious about pool running though. Seems like you could get a pretty good workout from it. Having started on treadmill and moved to road running, I'd have to echo Coach Nancy, but I'm still on 5k's so can't really speak to training for longer races.
Good luck though!!
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