I have met the devil, and it looks like this:
Kelly. She was doing this as part of a physical therapy routine for a knee injury. However, foam rolling is really recommended for all runners. Kelly recommended this article from Runner's World. Since I've been having some tightness and soreness, I figured it was about time that I tried it out. And the best part is that my gym has these torture devices so I don't have to buy one yet.
So this is one of the most painful things I've ever inflicted upon myself. It makes running seem painless. My understanding is that foam rolling is supposed to simulate deep tissue message. Now I've had a deep tissue massage and it was painful, but not like this! All that aside, it does feel good after. I've noticed a difference especially when I do the IT band exercise and the one for the gluteal muscles, which are areas that are especially tight after a run. You are supposed to run, then roll, then stretch. I've been rolling at the end of any workout that I do at the gym since I don't have my own roller. As much as this is painful, I do think it's beneficial to my running routine and I plan on keeping it up!
Have you tried foam rolling? Any tips or favorite areas to stretch out using the roller?