Having read a few posts on this blog about Foam Rollers (there was some debate about there usefulness) I bought one. A fancy one with ridges, and nobbles on it. I have to say, that when I first used it, I could not believe how intense it was. It hurt, like a good physio! Not being one to indulge in self-inflicted pain I did not use it so much, and it just sat in the corner of the living room until Mrs. B. put it in the wardrobe.
Last Friday I bagged an hour for a run, before going out with friends for a meal. I felt great, but on Saturday I felt really achey. I had seriously skimped on my stretches after the run. Monday then was a forced rest day. Wednesday came though, and come hell or high water I was going for a run. I was still a bit achey, but the run seemed to loosen that all up. When I got home and stretched loads, and a few times over the evening. I felt good really good.
Next morning though my calf did feel a bit tight, stretching was not going to touch it. So I reached the roller out, and gave my calves a minute of rolling. And hey, it really worked, I headed off to work feeling really good, and no discomfort.
Morals of this story. Always leave enough time to stretch post-run, and keep stretching for some hours afterwards. Foam rollers hurt, but they really work. Oh, and an ice pack really helps shin splints.
I have learnt a lesson that I really should have known!
(Oh, and I also read that plenty of pre and post hydration of water is really important)