Gear Review: Addaday Pro Massage Roller

Disclaimer: I received a Buff to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I have been searching for a good roller that I can use for a long time now.  I am constantly playing other sports outside of my regular training and I am regularly sore after these extra activities, as well as my regular soreness after running and training.  With the Addaday Pro Massage Roller I have found something that meets all those needs.

Addaday Pro Massage Roller Picture

With the roller you are able to hit every spot of your body to relieve pain and soreness.  I have not only been able to get some relief after my runs, but I have also been able to work on rolling before runs to help with any post workout soreness and pain.

I have really enjoyed getting to know about the technology and techniques involved in the Addaday Roller but I will not claim any expertise yet.  The Addaday website has a wonderful set of videos that help train you on how to best use the products.  You can find those videos here and throughout their site.

PROS:
-Can reach a variety of spots and locations
-Easy to learn by using the Addaday videos
-Variety of rollers allow you to address a variety of sore areas
CONS:
-Hard to pack because of size
-To take full advantage you must take time to learn how to properly use the product

I look forward to continuing to use this product and continuing to learn how to better use it.  It has worked well for me so far and I am confident that it will continue to improve my wellness and my recovery going forward. In fact, I am so impressed with this product, I am going to look at other Addaday products and how they too can better my recovery.

-Runner

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Gear Review: Half Buff USA

Disclaimer: I received a Buff to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

CO BuffThere are many products out there to help runners and athletes to make their workouts easier, more successfully and more comfortable.  Some of those products focus on helping us recover (foam rollers, compression, food), some help you track and execute your runs (shoes, watches, clothes) and more, like the Half Buff help you be more comfortable during your run.

I sweat a lot, just ask anyone who has seen me after a run over 3 miles.  It does not matter if I run inside, outside, slow or fast there is a good chance my whole shirt will be soaked.  The Half Buff helps keep the sweat out of your face and makes sure that your eyes stay clear of sweat throughout your run. As someone who constantly battles with dripping sweat, I am excited if any product can help that issue.

FIT: I wore the buff as a bandana around my head and it stayed on very well throughout all of my runs and never fell down or moved around on my head.

FEEL: The fabric is very soft and works well on my head.  It never irritated my skin or caused any discomfort at any time.

Wearing the CO BuffPROS:

  • The buff works well for what it is supposed to do, it keeps the sweat off of your face.
  • No skin irritation
  • Gives your outfit some personality, which is never a bad thing

CONS:

  • Although the Buff serves a purpose, I do not usually get sweat in my eyes and I do not feel that the Buff helps me as much as it would some others.
  • Unlike some other running gear this can only be used once before it must be washed.  You would need to buy multiple Buffs in order to make sure you had plenty for each run.

Overall, I will continue to use the Buff on runs going forward but I will not consider this product a necessity for my runs to be successful.

-Runner

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 5-6

The last couple of weeks have been tough.  I knew that I needed to add the weekly mileage to my legs to test out their strength and their endurance so I have used these last two weeks to do just that.  Although these runs have not been the best runs of my life, they have allowed me to feel very comfortable with where I am now.  Last year my 17 mile run did not happen until September 21 so I am almost two months ahead of schedule compared to last year.  Knowing that the next couple of weeks will see my focus change a little before going into my longest runs of the cycle at the end of the August.

WEEK 5: 
Monday July 20: 3 Mile 5K Tempo Run
Tuesday July 21: 8 Mile Easy run in the heat! Evening 30 minute core session
Wednesday July 22: OFF DAY!
Thursday July 23: 8 Mile Run with 6 miles at Marathon Pace. Evening Strength session focused on core and legs.
Friday July 24: OFF DAY!
Saturday July 25: 14 mile run that started outside but finished on the rec center track because of the heat.
Sunday July 26: 4 mile run followed by two baseball games
TOTAL MILES: 38.1 Miles

WEEK 6: 
Monday July 27: OFF DAY! (Holiday World Trip)
Tuesday July 28: 10K easy run.  30 minute strength session focused on core and stretching.
Wednesday July 29: 7 mile run in the heat with 4 miles at marathon pace.
Thursday July 30: 8 mile easy run outside with a 30 minute arms and shoulders strength session.
Friday July 31: OFF DAY!
Saturday August 1: 16 mile long run. Did a portion inside when it get too hot.
Sunday August 2: 4 mile recovery run.
TOTAL MILES: 43 Miles

As mentioned above, my focus will change for the next couple of weeks to build the required strength in my legs, core and upper body that is needed to go as far and as fast as I want to.  I will continue to build mileage but my longest runs are still to come in the future. It looks like the heat will not give in yet and will continue to cause my runs to be more stressful than they will be in the future when it cools down.

Lastly, I have a major challenge in the next 10 weeks until the race.  That challenge is LIFE!!! On August 19 I start last school and until then I have a work and a personal trip that will make it difficult to fit in all my workouts.  I will need to plan out my runs ahead of time and stay focused on what I need to do and not waste time when I have no time to waste.

-Runner