From the learn-something-new-every-day department, I was reading over at Junky's RD one day last week, and she was singing the praises of her foam roller. I wondered. Aren't foam rollers the pink squishy things our moms put in their hair?
So... I googled away. How did we survive before google?
And I learned that foam rollers aren't for hair at all! I learned that "This form of stretching utilizes the concept of autogenic inhibition to improve soft tissue extensibility, thus relaxing the muscle and allowing the activation of the antagonist muscle"
Okay, actually, that sentence didn't teach me a whole lot. What??
Thank goodness for video!
After reading Junky's experience and googling and watching video, I was ready to try one out. I picked one up while I was out and about one day last week. I rolled around on the floor for a while with my new friend. Gawd, I think the earth moved~
Magnum, who has been doing the physical therapy for the bum knee, came home later that day. Coincidentally, he said he was using a foam roller - a.k.a meat grinder - in his therapy sessions and that we should get one.
"Abracadabra!", as I made one suddenly appear!
They're (relative to a masseuse) inexpensive, easy to store, and pretty darn simple to use. There are a few guidelines, but nothing a kindergartner can't understand.
So as I was enjoying a good roll this morning before my run, I was thinking about things I've learned from blog friends. Agg79 just finished yet another half-marathon and mentioned his "speed shell" in his post-race press conference.
This also sounded like a wonderful item I'd never heard of, so I did a little digging. I was unable to come up with what I think he has. I looked up "disposable jacket" and mostly just found chemical spill gear.
Hmm... that might make an interesting fashion statement at the next race.
In what ways has blogging been enlightening/educational?