This article was published on August 19th, 2013
Finding solutions to reducing muscle pain is key. Strength training at the gym is a great way to build muscles or to go to massage therapy to relax tight muscles, but with such an aggressive training schedule to prepare for a half or full marathon, most people don’t have time or the money for these activities.
The solution is to find other ways to resolve these muscle pains. Yoga is a proven solution to help stretch and relax tense muscles. Yoga poses can be done at a park on a sunny Sunday afternoon, or from the comfort of your own home.
Many runners fall in love with foam rollers. Spending 15 minutes each evening on a roller will stretch and relax tight muscles, reducing pain quickly. Half-rollers are also good for developing core strength, both abs and back muscles, which are required to maintain optimal posture during long runs.
For those that don’t have time to go to the gym to lift weights, rubber bands offer a good in-home solution for increasing muscle strength in the arms and back, used for propulsion, and lower body, used for forward motion, during running.
PurAthletics has a muscle release kit that has a foam roller, half roller, rubber band and convenient carry bag that is perfect for serious long distance runners. The kits also includes an instructional DVD to walk you through, step-by-step, exercises to build and maintain muscles used long distance runners.
The PurAthletics Muscle Release Roller Kit is available through the new Viva Best Buy website. Pick one up today and put running pains behind you!
Happy half and full marathon training!