Keep up the great work!
Self myofascial release is a technique we commonly use to help loosen up soft tissue and facilitate recovery from training. A multitude of 'tools' can be used, including foam rollers and tennis balls. This week, I added a new tool.
A PVC roller. This roller is much harder than the foam version. It works well on the leg muscles, especially the hamstrings and adductors. Give it a try before or after your next workout.
For those of you who are already starting to train for the Mini Marathon or any other race, here are a couple of things to remember. First, you need to get in shape to run, not run to get in shape. That means the race itself is something you are preparing your body to handle with appropriate training (mobility, strength, mechanics, and muscle endurance) and recovery. You shouldn't look at running as a way to 'lose a few pounds'. Most likely you won't lose much, but will put a lot of wear and tear on your body (see Biggest Loser Marathon... cringe).
Secondly, most people who follow a cookie cutter running training program will have to stop or back off because of overtraining injuries and bad running technique. I see it year after year. If you don't know what good running mechanics are, search this blog for 'running mechanics'. I have written several posts in the past.
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Have a great weekend!