Meb recently wrote about the importance of day-to-day maintenance for runners in this article. The bottom line seems to be: skimp on the little stuff, and you will find yourself either injured or at least not running to your potential. So, I thought I'd mention one of the things that has been the key to me staying healthy and out on the roads.
The manufacturer's website has a lot of information about their line of massage tools, but I thought I'd explain how I use the set. I basically work on my legs with the toolkit and follow the instructions in the booklet that comes with the Ultimate Six Kit. I do my rolling in three steps.
All of this rolling takes me about 20-30 minutes depending on how much I have to work various body parts. I usually do it at night, after I'm done with all of my running for the day and typically while watching TV or listening to podcasts. I've had the kit for 3 years now, and I can safely say that the $140 investment was well worth it. I would not be running as well or as consistently as I do with out.
A question for you
Finally, I wanted to ask a question of others. When I first started running I had a personal trainer that also did massage. I would get massages about once per month from him. I haven't had a massage since I stopped working with him, about 3 years ago. I have always seen the TriggerPoint system as a cheap, but effective alternative to massage.
So, I ask you, what are your experiences/feelings about the importance of massage? I recognize that the right massage therapist is key, but I wonder if I am missing something by not getting them regularly.
I look forward to hearing from you!