Remember a few weeks ago, when I recommended eight excellent Chanukah gifts for runners?
Well, I decided to treat myself to the silver foam roller from OPTP.
Much to my surprise, it arrived very quickly, despite the holiday shipping rush. I was so excited to see it leaning against my door when I returned home after a long day of walking around the city.
Overall, I am quite pleased. The color is a bit darker than it appears on my laptop screen, but it is still a true silver and the foam gives it this fantastic marbled effect. It has a higher-end appearance than I expected. It is light but dense, and after a few test rolls, I can say it feels just as sturdy as the foam rollers at my gym.
For under $30, I consider it to be an excellent investment. I ordinarily foam roll three times a week, when I am working out at the gym. But now that I have one at home, I am sure that I will use it more often. Especially now, when I am in the midst of a run streak and running every day.
I rolled out my tired and sore calves both before and after my muddy trail run this morning. The pre-run foam roll definitely loosened up my legs enough to get me through a short but very challenging run. The post-run foam roll offered a hurts-so-good massage that refreshed and soothed.
In total, I spent about twenty minutes foam rolling today, following some of the exercises that you can learn more about from the links below. A foam roller is a highly useful tool for any distance runner. It is one that I consider essential to post-run recovery.
I cannot say how the OPTP roller will hold up over time, but I am pleased with it for the present moment.
If you are looking for a belated holiday gift for your favorite runner, I would recommend looking in to this shimmering festive roller.
To learn more about the benefits of foam rolling, and how to foam roll, check out these posts:
On a Roll (Runner’s World)
Foam Rolling for Strength (Runner’s World)
The (almost) Magical Foam Roller (Runner’s World)
Soothe Muscle Soreness (Women’s Health)
This is not a sponsored post.