Friday Favorite: The Stick

Happy Friday, everyone!

Many bloggers do a Friday favorite(s) post and I’m going to adopt this as well because I think it’s a great idea! There are so many products out there that it’s hard to know what’s really good and what’s bunk. I’ll post items I have found to be tried and true, and would love to hear your opinions as well!

This week’s favorite has to do with my Return to Running training I did on Wednesday. As promised in my previous post, I stayed with Stage II of the program. I used the treadmill, my custom orthotics, and did not use any KT Tape; however, instead of using a medicine ball for myofascial release at the end, I spied this guy at my gym and since we’re well acquainted, I snatched him up and rolled out.

Gym equip 2013_1211

I’m referring to The Stick, the long, thin item to the right of the mini foam rollers. I had my first run-in with The Stick over the summer when I was still recovering from my glute problem (more on that in another post). My husband and I were traveling through Europe for two weeks and with all of the walking, combined with some extended sitting, I knew I would be sore, sore, sore! We wanted to keep our luggage minimal because we’d be hauling it on and off of trains, so I didn’t want to use precious space for a foam roller. Then, I came across The Stick and it’s had a loyal member of our household ever since:

The Stick 2013_1211

As you can see, ours is a little different from the one in the gym. We have the Travel Stick. I believe the one at my gym is the Power Stick. I prefer our smaller ones as as it’s easier for a short(ish) person like me to use on. Regardless of the size, this thing is seriously magical. You can control the amount of pressure more easily than with a foam roller or medicine ball, and since my rotator cuff has been acting up again (old injury), I didn’t feel like putting a lot of weight on my shoulders. I use this mostly along my ITBs and on my glutes.

In terms of my second shot at Stage II, it went well! I used the treadmill, stayed at 5.6-5.8 mph, stretched, iced, and didn’t use my brace that night. It felt great yesterday and I used my brace last night. Today it started to hurt a little around noon, but I’m thinking it may be related to my shoes and the Super Feet inserts. As long as I’m feeling well tomorrow, I plan to move on to Stage III!

Here is where I’m at so far:

RTR stage II mileage

RTR done stage II

I hope you have a great weekend! Do you have any special weekend plans?

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