Happy February! This is my most loved and hated month. And just think.. we get an extra day of this lovely month this year! Have to love a leap year! I have always felt for those who had a birthday on this day. Sorry, guys! Live it up if it’s your year though! Anyway, I digress.. back to Five Things Friday! I am linking up with Mar, Cynthia & Courtney this week again and being the first Friday of the month, the topic is fitness.
Seeing that I am 3 days post 300 burpees and still recovering, I knew immediately I wanted to share my top 5 recovery tools for this week! So many times we focus on the workouts we do and spend little to no time focusing on recovery. Well, during my training cycle for St. Jude I tried to put more focus on this and understand that recovery is just as important as the 10 miles you ran the day before. Even taking 10 to 20 minutes a day to recover with a foam roller, etc could make a huge difference, but here are my top 5 things that I use to help me recover.
1 – I’ve already mentioned this one, but my foam roller is number one! After every run, I hit the foam roller, but I don’t just focus on my legs. I will use it to hit my back, arms, etc. It’s relaxing to come back in and do some stretching as I foam roll. Sometimes it hurts so much, but you have to get it done. I also have a travel size foam roller that is harder to use sometimes, but good to take on my work trips and to races.
2 – During my St. Jude training plan, I started to have some lovely aches and pains. I decided to give the Dr. Cool Ice Wrap a try and I hate regular ice bags and I am glad I did. Throwing this on after a run is very easy. It’s nice to be able to sit on the couch, watch some Netflix all while icing my knee. I don’t have to deal with it falling off or melting within minutes. When I really dealing with knee pain the week before St. Jude I even took this to work and wrapped my knee there. I like that I can take it anywhere and still ice anything that’s giving me issues.
3 – I am actually lumping 2 into this one, but my other go to items for recovery are my marathon stick and my moji mini pro. These are better sometimes than the foam roller as I can focus on a specific area and get a lot more pressure in that area as well. I use the marathon stick on the legs mainly as I can dig into one small area on my calf or quad. The Moji is great because of the size. If I am really sore, I can throw this into my purse and take it anywhere to use. I’ve used it on the bus, plane, at work and many other places. The way this one is made, I can get at my shoulders and arms as well, which has been very helpful this week recovering from the burpees.
4 – For over 2 years now, I have pretty much lived in ProCompression Socks. I not only do my runs in the socks, but after long runs or even on days I am feeling a little more sore, I throw a pair on and wear them all day. In fact, every time I head to my part time job, the first thing I put on are my marathon ProCompression socks because I know I’ll be on my feet for 6+ hours. I’ve been known to sleep in them and even fly across the country in them. My legs and feet definitely thank me for them!
5 – Advil! Let’s be honest. I know this is the list for just about everyone who works out. In fact, I have a bottle in my purse, my desk at work, desk at home, in the bathroom, gym bag and in my travel toiletries bag. Yup. Always have to have it on hand as you never know when this might come in handy.
What is your go to recovery tool?