Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Recovery (and a Moji Massager GIVEAWAY)

I have been starting to get together a list of my races from this past year for an end-of-the-year type recap post. I just counted and with the half marathon I have at the end of the month I will have completed TWENTY races this calendar year! Now don't get me wrong, that in no way competes with some folks (i.e. Dani from Weight Of My Shoulders who just finished 52 races in 2014), but for someone who started running in 2012, I would say that is still pretty great!

The more I run, the more I realize how important RECOVERY is for me and my body. This is ESPECIALLY crucial when adding longer training runs and increasing weekly mileage (like I am currently doing for the upcoming Dopey Challenge in less than a month and for the Phoenix Marathon in February). 

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I figured I would share a few things that I have found to work for me. Sharing is caring, right?! (Remember, I am NOT a doctor and this is NOT medical advice, just what works best for my body and maybe in turn you will find something that works for you.)

Hydrating: Thankfully I love water. I gave up pop a while back (actually it was January 23, 2012) and for the most part stick with good ol' H2O as my drink of choice. Water is used to maintain your body's proper temperature, remove waste, lubricate joints, and keeping a healthy blood flow (among other things). Because you sweat during your runs or workouts (and can I be honest for a second?! I sweat A LOT), you need to replenish that lost liquid to keep your body functioning at its peak.

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Wearing Compression Gear: My go-to company is PRO Compression (sure.... I am an ambassador for them.... but that is because their stuff WORKS). I wear compression socks during my long runs, as well as after difficult workouts. The compression gear keeps the blood and fluids flowing properly to support your muscles and tendons so you can recover quicker. 

PS If you didn't know, PRO Compression is having an END OF THE YEAR SALE! EVERYTHING is 42% OFF! Use code "2014" (DON'T DELAY, THE CODE EXPIRES ON FRIDAY!) on your order NOW!


Foam Rolling & Stretching: I did a post dedicated to this topic a while back. Feel free to check it out here if you haven't already (there are videos and descriptions of some of the rolling techniques which work best for me). I try to do this every evening. Normally Ryan and I are watching some sort of Michigan or Detroit sports at night before going to bed. While we are vegging out a bit, it is the perfect time for me to pull out the foam rollers. (My go-to roller is the M80 Roller because it is extremely firm and gets a deeper massage, but I will use my Trigger Point Grid Roller on my back because it has more cushion and is nicer on my spine.)


Lately I have been trying out a NEW product I was sent by the AMAZING folks at Moji. I received the Moji 360 Massager and would give it 2 thumbs up (and lots of happy muscles)! As you can see in the picture above, I have "The Stick". I will normally use that for my calves so I can get a deeper massage than I get with a roller, as well as have the hubby use it on me in areas I can't seem to work out myself (i.e. the outside of my booty, etc). I have been using the Moji 360 Massager in place of my stick for a while now and really like it! 


The Moji 360 Massager has rotating stainless steel spheres that smoothly roll over whatever muscles you are massaging. You are able to control the intensity of the massage by the amount of pressure you use (not to mention the continuous gripping surface allows you to hold on to it whatever way is most comfortable for you). I also appreciate that is is a manageable size and can fit in your gym bag.

I've been using it on my calves, quads, IT band, and just about anywhere I can rub it! [It'd be GREAT if we could all afford sports massages on a weekly basis, but until I find a money tree that is NOT a possibility, so self massaging will have to do.]



The MARVELOUS Moji Magicians (okay, maybe they aren't magicians, but I really like alliteration and the massager is sort of magical in how it helps with sore muscles) also sent me a Moji 360 Mini Massager to give away so YOU can recover faster too!



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I'm not sure if you are on Santa's naughty or nice list this year, but just in case you didn't make his cut, you can try your luck at winning a Moji 360 Mini Massager for yourself. Make sure to enter the GIVEAWAY below!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter early and often (some of the entries are available DAILY). The giveaway will run through Tuesday, December 23rd at 11:59pm PST. I will contact the winner via email (using the email address listed through Rafflecopter). Also, the entries ARE verified, so please make sure you complete the task or I'll have to pick a new random winner.


BEST OF LUCK TO ALL WHO ENTER!! 

44 comments:

kim720 said...

I love The Stick and my Trigger Point foam roller. Also a good ice bath!

Laura said...

I love my foam roller and ice packs.

SD Mom said...

I agree with compression. It just seems to make my legs feel so much better after a run!

SD Mom said...

I agree with compression. It just seems to make my legs feel so much better after a run!

Jodi Stuber said...

Massage and compression are pretty high up there!

Aly said...

I LOVE foam rolling! It makes a huge difference in recovery. Your blog is great! :)

Jess said...

good old ice.... with foam rolling

Tiffany said...

Lots of water and foam rolling!!!

Renae said...

Foam roller, R8 roller is also great; and hydrate hydrate hydrate for me :)

Justin Faber said...

I always try to hydrate ASAP and if possible with coconut water. Sometimes I use a massage ball that I roll my feet on....would love to try the Moji 360!!!

blessedwiththunderthighs.com said...

I use the Stick and compression socks.

Mattie said...

Water, foam rolling, and sleep!

Julie said...

foam roller

KookyRunner said...

Wow this product looks awesome!

I currently use PRO Compression socks and my addaday roller for recovery.

Susie @ Suzlyfe said...

Sleep, foam rolling, and a husband that likes to give massages :D

Trisha said...

Sleep is the easiest recovery tip I can think of!

Meridith said...

WATER. Oh, and a shower. An awesome, awesome shower.

Kimberly Truesdell said...

Compression socks. And I like to do epsom salt baths.

Unknown said...

I use compression socks, bubble baths, and foam rolling for recovery

Toni Yaple said...

Best recovery tip? Train well so you have an easier recovery! haha. No but really, I like ice or epsom salt baths, and massages. These massagers would make my husbands job a lot easier though. I have used "the stick" but found it just "ok". Looking forward to trying something new.

...also lots of water (for recovering)

Annmarie L said...

My best recovery tip is incorporating turmeric into my diet after an intense workout- helps to reduce inflammation. PS. I mistakenly said I posted an image to IG- didn't mean to click that entry, sorry!

blew415 said...

Compression socks and lots of water

Juliana said...

I bought the GridX roller which is insane but i love it.

My best tip would be to actually rest and taper before a race. Have a few lazy days to make sure you can run a good race!

Carissa said...

This would come in so handy as I finish physical therapy and get back into running!!!

2 Boys Momma Bear said...

pineapple, cherr,y mango and protein powder with coconut water smoothie.....While rolling on my foam roller.

sammi said...

My best recovery tip is a rest day! At least once a week!

Scallywag Sprints said...

I really need to buy a trigger point roller! My recovery plan is water, protein, icing, stretching and a good ole rest ;-)

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benj13blue said...

I like to take a nap after a really hard run. I also do foam rolling, compression and ice as needed.

Laura Smith said...

I love my stick, a smoothie and doing leg drains against the wall after a long run!

Alicia said...

Ooo that looks amazing! I would love to win this thing! Congrats on an awesome tempo run, woohoo!!

Benton said...

Foam rolling and ice have been the best things for my recovery, need to get better about stretching though

Jenny said...

I love my compression socks and my foam roller!

suzie said...

A nutritious recovery snack, water and some foam rolling!

Kristen M. said...

Compression socks are my favorite. But my best tip - which I'm learning from personal experience, is rest! That image you put at the top of the post is spot on.

FireRunner2379 said...

I run, slowly. Exercise moves blood back into the muscles expediting recovery.

MaryBeth Weinmann said...

Definitely pro compression!

Rachel O. said...

I would love this! My it band is seriously tight all the time!

Dave Burns said...

Ice bath and Chocolate milk

Meg McGown said...

Water, rest, stretching. Oh, and massage!

Sharon Hanks said...

I usually foam roll and use compression sleeves for recovery

Carmelle Steel said...

Stretch, warm bath with Epsom salts, drink lots of water.

Evelin said...

Hydrate, eat real whole tasty foods (LOTS of delicious fruits and veggies!), drink coffee and smile. Ok, a bit of yoga and foam rolling are go-to's for me too :)

travelrunlive said...

Water/Gatorade post run with a protein oriented breakfast when I get home!

Amy Lauren said...

My biggest tips are definitely to wear compression socks and to drink lots of water! Maybe a protein shake too.