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Lots of doings around the Morgendorffer/Lane household today. After a full day of work and a nice long workout, I came home to find T cooking up a storm. Seriously, he’s putting me to shame lately. We marinated some of our London broil cuts in a mixture of soy sauce, sake, tons and tons of garlic, a little sriracha (yes!), sugar, and scallions overnight:

Free range meat is so much redder than mass-produced meat!

Free range meat is so much redder than mass-produced meat!

T pan-fried it up and we wrapped pieces in the last of our big, beautiful lettuce leaves.

No pics with the lettuce - I'm still getting the hang of this food blogging thing!

No pics with the lettuce - I'm still getting the hang of this food blogging thing!

We also fried up our turnips and their greens in the leftover marinade in the pan and served them over rice:

T still insists that he doesn't like brown rice, so white it is

T still insists that he doesn't like brown rice, so white it is

Fabulous!

And now I’d like to take a moment to show some love for my newly purchased Perform Better Elite Molded Foam Roller. I did a few 5 mile runs after many weeks of maxing out at 3, and of course I started to have knee pain. I was envisioning weeks of stupid cross training that I hate until I remembered that when I had IT band problems in the past foam rollers helped immensely. So I ordered one on Amazon and this beauty arrived a few days later:

Can you tell that all of my books are double-stacked? I own a lot of books...

It has worked like a charm and I am so happy! Knee pain is gone and I’ve been happily trotting out on 5 milers every other day. Here’s how it works: you lay it down on the ground, like so:

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Then you position whatever part of your body ails you over the roller and you roll back and forth. Since my IT bands are my problem areas, I lie on my side and roll over and over until I can’t stand it anymore (yeah, it hurts, bad – it’s basically like getting a deep tissue massage on a sore muscle). Then you go out on your runs and grin like an idiot the whole time because your knee doesn’t hurt any longer.

Ode to My Foam Roller

Foam Roller, my sweet, without you I’d be

more lost than those people on that TV

show. Now I run pain-free. And even though

you make me wimper in great pain I trow

that you are my savior true, and for that

I owe a debt greater than Goldman Sachs.

Ok, ok, “that” and “Sachs” don’t really rhyme, but this heroic couplet stuff is hard! 😉

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