Today I bought something new. Something magical. Something that I should have bought a long time ago. No, not a vibrator.
A foam roller!
You see, my poor right hamstring has been bothering me for a while. I will give a ballpark estimate of: 1 year. Sometimes it's ok. Sometimes it's tight. Lately, it has been annoying me. Running for 26.2 miles did not make my hamstring happy. And since I don't have the money for an on-call masseuse (or a pool boy who gives massages, or really anyone that I can convince to make my poor hammie feel better) I am going the DIY method with this. Yes, it was $40. Yes, it is orange. And perhaps it was the official foam roller used at Ironman Lake Placid (and no this did not sway my decision AT ALL. NEVER!).
I have only used it once - today before work. I basically put it between me and the floor, under my hamstring, and rolled. You have to rotate your leg to roll the entire muscle. And then I faced the wall and put it under my hip and rolled. It really works! I could feel relief from the tightness.
My foam roller may be my new best friend! :)