Running and Rolling

So, my last couple of posts have glossed over any training – while focusing on my fundraiser/giveaway.  Rest assured, I have still been working on my training!

Last night, I went out for an easy 3ish miles (I accidentally gypped myself .14 of a mile.. so it is 3ISH not 3…).  I demonstrated the previous taping technique I was using, with great results.  I have tried a new one, as that taping method is not water-resistant.  KT Tape (You may recall that I used this back when I made a habit of pulling calf muscles) had helped me in the past, I thought it was worth trying now! (Plus, in the interest of full disclosure, my wife went and bought a roll for her knee pain..)


Screenshot from Click to go to their page to see the video!

I taped it up just as the instructions in the video demonstrated, and walked on it all weekend.  SUCCESS!!!   The tape even survived showers with no real issue.  (I did have to toss a piece of athletic tape to hold the tab in the back on – as that one gets pulled down by socks).  I felt good all through last night’s run!

A bit later in the evening my Plantar Fascia did tighten up, but it seems to be doing well today.

I have added another routine in to my running/exercise post-workout, and that is rolling.

Special thank you to my running partner (on her bike) and photographer - Elspeth!

Special thank you to my running partner (on her bike) and photographer – Elspeth!

I have to do some research on best things for any runner to roll, but for last night I focused on my calf.  I think that I will be adding in the Stick afterwords, as that is the tooth pick, to the foam roller’s tooth-brush (Why isn’t it a teeth brush? I use it on more than one after all.)

Tonight will be a bow-flex night, as I am alternating running/bowflex.  The extra day for my plantar fascia to heal is just a good idea!

As always, please consider donating to my Help the Homeless fundraiser for Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s homeless services.  We have some small gifts we will be raffling of to those that have donated, and it looks like everyone over a certain (and currently un-set) dollar amount will receive a Volunteers of America Chesapeake water bottle!  More information to come on that!

The fundraiser is through the Fannie Mae – “Help the Homeless” walk program, which means they match every dollar you donate, with a dollar.  So even a $5.00 donation immediately doubles in size!


I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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3 comments on “Running and Rolling
  1. Jim Brennan says:

    My compliments on advocating a worthy cause. I run with Back on My Feet in Philly, the most inspirational people I’ve ever met on the running circuit. Nice post!

  2. Mariajose says:

    I think it’s very important to roll out your IT band, your calves & your quads as a runner. I always roll my back because of the constant pain I get which sometimes works its way down to my hips.
    As for the tape, I need to get me some.

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