After my 50 mile race, I’m focusing on two things: rest and recovery.
I might be focusing too much on recovery (read: I might be getting a touch lazy), but I’ll get back to it soon enough.
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One thing I did differently during my American River training is focus on mobility. I’ve always tried (not always successfully) to do ‘regular’ foam rolling.
In the last few months, I’ve foam rolled almost daily and I noticed a huge difference in how I felt on the run and in life.
I got a Trigger Point GRID foam roller last year and I often use the MoveWell app to guide my rolling. The moves in the app aren’t anything remarkable (it’s a standard foam rolling routine), but having the app is great for keeping me honest – I’m much less likely to cheat/skimp on a move when the app keeps time, not me.
Foam rolling can hurt (in a good way), and I can be tempted to not hold a move for a full 30 or 45 seconds when left to my own devices.
For the first few days after my race, I couldn’t foam roll. It just hurt too much (and not the good foam roll hurt, it was just a straight up hurt), but I had a few specific spots I wanted to work on. Enter two things: A tennis ball and a lacrosse ball.
A tennis ball is perfect to get into the specific little knots (right calf, I’m looking at you). Lacrosse balls work for the same purpose but are a little firmer.
My other mobility tools have gotten a workout in the last weeks:
The Stick (which I mentioned last month), is another great option for when a foam roller is just a little too much).
Finally, my MobiPoint ball has been getting a workout rolling out and stretching my feet.
It can be easy to overlook your feet when doing mobility work, but a good foot roll out is magic.
I do love my toe socks. I’ve written about them before.
Historically I had an issue with blisters between my toes, then I discovered Injinji Toe socks and haven’t had toe blisters since.
Sure they look a little goofy and can be a challenge to get on at 2:50 am on race day, but I won’t use anything else on my long runs.
The biggest problem I’ve been having lately is that since I’ve been running so much, I’m running out of Injinjis faster than I can do laundry to clean them. Which means I’ve had to do more runs in regular running socks.
Nearly every time, I come home with hot spots or blisters between my toes.
I’ll have to suck it up and do laundry more often so I never run out of Injinjis.
Nordic Noir Shows on Netflix
I’ve been a fan of Nordic Noir for a few years. For the longest time, I stuck with books.
Thanks to Netflix (and the ‘recommended for you’ algorithm), I’ve had a few new Nordic Noir miniseries discoveries lately.
A Finish cop drama.
The set-up is a little cliché (a cop with a recent personal tragedy returning to work too soon – check. Said cop getting assigned a new, rookie partner – check). It also takes a few odd turns in the end.
And seriously, it’s Finland in the winter, why is nobody wearing a hat or covering their ears?
Even so, it’s a fun, easy watch when you want a not too gory or violent cop show.
Pedantic note: I know Finland isn’t technically part of Scandinavia, but I don’t know if it’s considered ‘Nordic’ – close enough for my purposes.
Deadwind is on Netflix
The aftermath and trial of a girl accused of a school shooting in Sweden, with lots of flashbacks showing how they got to where they are today.
Quicksand has an English dubbing option, but it isn’t great. Stick to the Swedish audio and read the subtitles.
Quicksand is on Netflix
Tinkle Hair Trimmer
Let’s get this out of the way first thing – this is the stupidest name ever for a product that isn’t directly related to potty training your kids.
Ok, moving on…
I have short hair and I’m terrible about getting it trimmed as often as I should. Very often, it only needs a trim at the back of my neck. It usually requires a little more of a trim than I’d feel comfortable doing in a bang trim (which most stylists offer for free), but it’s less than a full cut.
I could do a cheapy Great Clips cut, but I often don’t.
I could do a little self-trim, but honestly, I don’t trust myself to do that.
Enter the Tinkle (I’m sorry, I can’t get over the name).
It’s a comb with (replaceable) razors in the handle. It trims/shaves off just a little bit of hair at the ends.
Perfect for when you just need a little bit of the trim at the ends in between real cuts.
It’s probably not a good thing that I’ve found something that will encourage me to go longer in between real cuts…