And just like that, I’m less than two weeks away from the Wisconsin Marathon. It’s hard to believe I’ve been training for this race since November. Yep, you read that right. I’ve been training for this race for 6 months. While there were quite a few setbacks on my way (mental & physical), the past couple of months have been all in, everything I’ve got type of training. And these last two weeks are no exception. With tempo runs every Tuesday and Thursday, long runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays and everything else in between, I’ve been giving my body some extra love. And here’s how:
(1) Roll out.
A staple for any runner, this is something I’m continuously working on incorporating to my training. While I probably didn’t do it as often as I should have over the last 6 months, this last couple of weeks, I’ve been overdosing on it (in the best way possible). Between my mom and I, we have got quite the collection going but my two favorites are (1) the Hyperice AchillX and (2) the Intelliroll. The AchillX is not only perfect for your Achilles (as the name would suggest) but also your foot, calf, neck and forearms. I tend to stand on this one every morning and night while I’m brushing my teeth. As for the Intelliroll, this is my favorite. roller. ever. I have the Flex (their medium foam level) and even though my mom says it’s too hard, that’s exactly why I like it. It’s quick (sometimes painful) and gets everything out on the first go. I also love that it has different divots for different parts of your body (i.e. spine, hamstring, etc.) and sensory dots for acupressure and sensory awareness.
(2) CBD Salve.
You may have caught my basic guide to CBD products a few weeks ago, but in case you didn’t, the salve is my hero. Before you get any ideas, let me just squash them. CBD will not get you high and you can not get addicted to it. So now that that’s been cleared up, you need to try CBD salve. One of it’s main uses is to reduce pain and inflammation and I think it’s safe to say that my muscles are a bit inflamed.
(3) CTM Band.
This is a new product to my recovery routine and I’m pumped that I got the opportunity to try it out because it actually works. Standing for compression, tension, and movement, the CTM band is an all-in-one recovery tool. By providing compression of the band, tension of the half golf balls, and movement of your body, it can quickly increase blood flow and release muscular tension. It easily gets into the spots (like my hip flexor) a roller doesn’t quite hit and provide relief. I’m not going to give away too much because I’ll be providing a full review this week, but the CTM band is definitely a game changer.
(4) Mental Health.
This is one not many people think of when it comes to recovery. Sure runners need to eat healthy, hydrate, stretch, roll out and sleep but they also need to keep their brains clear. Everyone has been going bananas for Deena Kastor’s Let Your Mind Run and I am no exception. I bought this book as a way to relax before going to bed but it’s really become so much more than that. I won’t give away too much but it’s probably one of the most inspirational things I’ve read. So do yourself a favor and get it. $16.20 on Amazon.