I am training for my first full marathon. I will be running the California International Marathon here in Sacramento this December. With the added stress of training and miles on my feet, I developed knee pain when running. This is never a good thing. Pain is no fun. Knee pain for a runner is a bad word.
Discussing my knee pain with friends at the gym, a new trainer named Christian at the Elk Grove California Family Fitness facility, eagerly chimed in some words of advice to help. He suggested (and confirmed) that the knee pain I was experiencing could in fact be from a tight IT band.
He brought over one of the gym’s large foam rollers and gave a great demonstration on multiple ways to use a foam roller! He was very helpful and thorough.
The past few weeks, I have made sure that I take advantage of stretching and foam rolling my pain away. It adds just a few extra minutes to my workout, but the added flexibility and massage to my tired muscles are much appreciated. Stretching is important. Foam rolling is important.
As a member, I am thankful to have a foam roller at my disposal when visiting California Family Fitness. I don’t have to purchase a bulky piece of equipment to store at my house; I can just use the many sizes and styles of foam rollers at the gym. I am also thankful that I have the expertise and helpful guidance from trainers to help teach and guide me to be on the road to running pain free!
Do you foam roll?
Rachel is married to her college sweetheart and is a never-at-home, stay-at-home, homeschooling mother to three boys. She is a mom who runs through life one day at a time. She is also a member of California Family Fitness. She runs for Faith, Family, Fitness, Healthy Food, and Always Fun! Read more about her running adventures at Running Rachel. You can also find her sharing fitness inspiration and humor on her facebook page.
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