Friday Five – Recovery Tools and Gadgets

April 1, 2016

Happy Friday!  When I started running again (consistently) in 2013 – I was introduced to the wonderful topic of recovery. You mean recovery is more than a few stretches and lying in bed?! πŸ˜‰ Today I am sharing five of my recovery tools and gadgets and linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia. Note: These are not affiliate links – just haven’t joined the program to do so (yet).  

1. Rolling Rolling Rolling 

Image: TriggerPoint

I started off with a foam roller – ouch it hurt so good. Eventually the foam roller was not dense enough for me.  My gym carried a few TriggerPoint GRID foam rollers and I fell in love.  

2. Massage Stick

Image: RPI Sprinter Stick 

A couple years ago, my brother gifted me with a similar looking massage stick for Christmas.  I wasn’t sure if I would put it to good use because I already had a foam roller, I was mistaken.  The stick is a little more portable than the foam roller.  I keep mine in my office and I can discreetly massage my legs while I’m sitting at my desk.  

3. I’m a Baller!  

Image: TriggerPoint

Haha I couldn’t resist with that title.  The massage ball is fairly new to me – I was introduced to it during physical therapy this past fall/winter.  It is a good way to get into those knots/areas that a foam roller cannot dig into.  I have a TriggerPoint Massage Ball, but lacrosse or tennis balls work as well. 

4. Stretch it Out 

Image: Valeo Stretch Bands 

I started using stretch bands to help with my…can you guess….stretching.  You often find them in pilates, yoga or barre studios.  They are pretty inexpensive and can also be used for arm workouts.  

5. ROLL Recovery 8

Image: ROLL Recovery

The ROLL Recovery 8 is a deep tissue massage roller.  Kinda scary looking huh? I heard so many good reviews about it, so I decided to order one last week (a belated birthday treat myself moment).  Once I pick it up from my parent’s house I will post a review of it.  Can’t wait to try it! 

Do you use any of these recovery tools? 

What do you use? 


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      1. Run Jenny Run

        Oh no πŸ™ Hope someone is making good use of them now and you get a replacement set soon. Number five does look like a torture device, just tried it yesterday – feels good!

    1. I love the TP Grid roller-I have the extra long one so I can roll out my back and shoulders after a long ride and I use the Sure Foot Rubz ball to massage my feet. Excited to hear what you think about the Roll Recovery, I’m thisclose to ordering one myself but I’m just not sure yet!
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        I love rolling out my back and shoulders. Smart about getting an extra long one…I barely fit on it when I do roll those areas haha. I tried the Roll Recovery yesterday, love it so far. Will be curious how my legs will feel over the week.

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        I wish it didn’t take me this long to discover the wonders of the ball. I love my torture devices πŸ™‚

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        I looked up the Original Worm – does look like it is very easy to carry!

    1. My husband bought me a set of resistance bands during marathon training when my hip was nagging at me. They’ve been a great compliment to physical therapy exercises too! I kind of love my foam roller. It definitely isn’t always comfortable but the results are great so I actually don’t mind it that much particularly if I have a distraction like TV.

      1. Run Jenny Run

        That is a good idea to foam roll during TV time! My favorite resistance band stretch is a simple hamstring one.

    1. I’m curious about the Roll Recovery 8, looking forward to your thoughts. It seems expensive but also like it might be worth it…

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        I’m liking it so far! Will have a post up this month. I was apprehensive about the price, but figured I’ll bring my lunch to work all this month πŸ™‚

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        I’ve never heard of Yamuna Body Rolling balls – thanks! Looks like they could also be used for barre workouts at home.

    1. I’ve got all those except the Roll Recovery. I also use lacrosse balls to did down into small knots when I need more pressure than foam rollers give. First question at PT was did I have a foam roller. Oh yes, I have 3, plus The Stick. And this, and that.
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        The lacrosse balls work wonders! My first purchase post PT appointment.

      1. Run Jenny Run

        It does, but it feels so good. I’ll bring it next time I see you if you want to try it πŸ™‚

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Hurts in a good way – my legs were not as sore as I thought it would be after both my runs this weekend (but who knows if it is mental or I recovered quicker). I’ll have to see after a few months πŸ™‚

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        Yay! PS – love your comment icon/picture, the cartoon is adorable.

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        It was! I’m bringing my lunch all this month hehe πŸ™‚

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Sorry to hear the stick hurts. I remember when the foam roller would hurt and I would say 5 more seconds each day – eventually I probably got use or numb to the “pain”

    1. OMG this is so funny. I tried the first roller you posted, at the Paris running expo yesterday ! I am going back tomorrow and am thinking of buying one, in the format of a massage stick. Will think about the ball now too. Such a coincidence ! It is at the stand where I bought my Balega socks.
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    1. I have a grid foam roller that I should use more than I currently do. I also keep a golf ball under my desk at the office to roll our my feet. Talk about dense!

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Great minds! Hope post Cherry Blossom recovery is going well for you.

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        Loving it so far! I’ll probably tow it with me for the next few races if some people want to try it. Are you going to the GW Parkway 10M?

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        I’m loving it so far. I wish one of the local stores had them – I ordered it blindly (off people’s reviews). If I see you, you can most certainly try it.

    1. Great list! I use that same foam roller and The Stick. Both are very effective and surprisingly transportable for travel purposes! Especially The Stick (although I got pulled aside at airport security because they thought it was a weapon, LOL). I’ve used a golf ball to roll out my heels. I need to get a Trigger Point ball like that one – I’ve been using a tennis ball instead. This is the first I’ve seen or heard of the Roll Recovery – it does like intimidating!
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        It looks intimidating, but feels good! The airport story was funny, I can see how it looks like a weapon. I even got pulled aside in Miami once b/c of the medal, runner problems πŸ˜‰

    1. Foam roll….I need to do better.

      The massage stick, I have my hubby use on me…that way I can usually deal with the pain better.

      That R8 looks like it could be really good!!

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        The R8 feels good. That is a good idea to have someone massage you with the stick! Need to try that.

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