Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Is it too late to add a resolution?

Actually, it doesn't matter what your answer is to that question, because it's been done.  Added!  And not a moment too soon.

You know how everybody says, "You're only as old as you feel"?  Well, I've been feeling about a million years old lately.  I'm stiff, I'm sore, and my bones feel creaky.  And yet, because I'm me and stupidly stubborn about helping myself to feel better, I didn't seem to be doing anything about it.

So I've made a new resolution (or, more accurately, I've added an addendum to one of my current resolutions):

Chicken scratch resolutions.
On this year's list of resolutions/goals, I included not just the goal itself, but a concrete action plan for how I'm going to attain it.  And it has come to my butt's attention this week that I'm not going to run any better or faster or longer unless I give it some foam rolling love.

I've always had good intentions with the foam roller.  I mean, I own several, and they live on the floor of my living room where I can literally trip over them on my way to the computer.  But somehow rolling gets put aside as something I'll get to later.  I'm pretty good about getting on it after my long runs or when I'm particularly sore after a tough workout, but - like everything else in life that gets you where you want to go - it takes consistency to see (or feel) results.

Foam rollers in their natural habitat.
How am I going to make this a habit that sticks?  I don't exactly have an answer to that one yet, but I have found in the past that just the act of writing it down makes the goal a whole lot easier to stick to.  So, bam!  I got that going for me.  And this year's list of goals/resolutions is on a piece of paper that I've taped to the side of my computer, because that's where I spend a good portion of my day.  Seeing that angry foam roller face every time I sit down to write on the blog or check Facebook seems like enough of a reminder to keep me rolling.  I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Have you added any more resolutions to your list?

And P.S., if you're thinking about using the foam roller, but don't know where to get started, I have a couple of videos about it on my YouTube channel.  This one's a full-body roll out:


Kate said...

I need to make that same resolution!

Have one, think about using it a LOT (especially when I'm in the car, where my weird glute/hip issues tend to speak up), actually use it infrequently.

Andrea said...

I should add that. Or my heel stretches. I did add running a new route at least once a month.

Marcia said...

I was very religious with the FR when I came off of my ITB injury back in the day but I could use more FR in my life now. Full-body rollout? Sign me up! I'll check that out.

PahlaB said...

Oh, that's an exciting resolution! I think you did that last year for your bike, didn't you?

Laura said...

Sp I have heard conflicting info about foam rolling. As in- everyone supports it, but there's no actual data showing that it does anything. Thoughts?

PahlaB said...

I haven't done any scientific reading on the matter, to be honest. And it could very well be a placebo thing - I think it makes me feel better, so it does. :)

Laura said...

Well, hey, if it's working might as well keep it up!