Showing posts with label massage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label massage. Show all posts

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gaining SKLZ to beat the pain

Sticking it to sciatica
Today's run (street): 4.25 miles

Dedicated runners often endure discomfort for extended periods of time. That's a great attribute, but it's always important that they listen to their bodies closely enough to distinguish between good and injurious pain. This can present a dilemma - when is it okay to run and when is it best to rest? I thought about that today after waking up with the same soreness that plagued me since last weekend.

Pushing hard during yesterday's race was the likely reason for the return of this pain. I like to do a recovery run on the day following a race and was anxious to get outside this morning. Although my hamstring/glute area remained tender, there was no sharp pain. I weighed the benefits of running easy with the possibility of exacerbating the problem. I decided to go for it and gauge whether I was doing more harm than good as I moved along.

My start wasn't encouraging. Yesterday I came across the starting line with a lot of energy. This morning my legs felt heavy and my stride felt out of sync. The soreness was there, but I didn't feel as though I was making it worse. I'd committed to an easy pace and was concerned that I'd be tempted to pick up my speed as I went along. I watched my progress carefully to make sure that didn't happen.

The pain subsided as I warmed up through the run, but it never fully left. I would have liked to cover more than 4.25 miles to get a little more distance into my weekly volume. I chose to cut things short rather than invite further injury. Hours later I'm happy with that decision.

This afternoon I picked up a SKLZ massage bar that is similar to the "Stick" and other muscle rollers. I liked this design because it has some heft and the rubberized roller turns more smoothly than other devices I'd tried in stores. I put it to work as soon as I got home and it definitely provided a pinpointed soft tissue massage experience. Whether it will help my muscle pain still needs to be determined.

Tomorrow is my usual rest day and I'm going to extend that at least through Tuesday. At this point I'm pretty sure my soreness issue is sciatica. It's still uncomfortable but I'm hoping that a combination of rest, heat, ibuprofen and massage-barring will help address that quickly.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Should I get on The Stick?

I'm only in the office for morning meetings and then I'll head out at mid-day for a week's vacation. It was raining when I got up this morning so I postponed my run. I'll have many more opportunities for longer runs while I'm away so I figured I'd defer today's run rather than deal with the treadmill. If the weather clears up later I may get a short run in or head over to Stillwell for some trail riding.

For those who prefer their compression delivered segmentally
I was talking to another runner yesterday about my recent leg soreness and he suggested "The Stick", a simple looking device that's used to "segmentally compress and stretch muscle." Sounds serious. I've seen it advertised in magazines and sold at places like City Sports and at race Expos. I've always gotten the impression that it's just an expensive toy. The website lists eight adult models (there's also a model for kids and one for dogs!) that range in length and firmness and cost between $28 and $54.

The two models that I'd consider are the 24" Original ($42.50) or the 20" Marathon ($31.95). It's hard to justify the cost for something that looks like a pole covered with plastic curtain rings but if it works and you use it every day, that expense can be amortized quickly. I have some City Sport bucks that are going to expire soon. And it is Father's Day on Sunday. Hmmm.

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