Oh you want me to bend down and tie my shoes? No dice.
Ladies, you know how we do the I'm-Not-Sitting-Down-In-A-Public-Bathroom-Hover-Move? Terrible idea. I almost fell and that would be way worse than sore quads muscles. Trust me!
However, I do have some good news. I've recently partnered up with Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products and timing couldn't have been better. I've been using the RangerRoller and I love it!
So why do I like it so much? Here's why.
I was using a regular foam roller that you have to use on the ground. The RangeRoller (RR) is a little easier to use on different parts of your body that the regular foam roller can be difficult to get to. The areas I'm talking about are my inner thigh or calves. I can also use it easily on my lower back to get a nice massage instead of having to be on the floor. I can easily take this to work with me too. I put it in my gym bag and then as I getting sore throughout the day after a hard workout, I can quickly get a little muscle relief in my office without being on the ground in my work clothes.
I'm sure my co-workers in my hall would really enjoy the site of me rolling around on the floor of my office but I'd prefer not to. Sorry second floor west hall co-workers!
The RR does take a little getting use to at first. The rollers are harder than my typical foam roller but I kind of think of it is part foam roller part trigger point massage. Which are both things that runners need. I've learned this the hard way. You just need to find the right amount of pressure so your muscles will benefit from it. I’m getting better at it each day.
Here's some info on how to use it properly. Which, you know, is always a good thing if you want to avoid injury.
- Warm up before use
- Relax muscles before rolling
- Use directly on skin or through light-weight clothing
- Use before, during, or after activity
- Apply the RR directly to trigger points and areas of muscle tightness
- Roll it forward and backward with both hands firmly applying pressure
- Generally, 20 rolls in any one spot are sufficient
- Too little massage make keep your muscles too tight, too much may cause soreness
I highly recommend adding the RR to your running product collection to help with your sore muscles. Will it replace your other foam roller? No. But they are great partners. At least in my routine they have both become necessary.
Want your own RR?
Click here. They have a few different sizes and even a combo called Runner's Relief that would be super great for tight calf muscles.