Many runners are always pushing themselves to the edge in order to get faster, run longer, or meet some other goal. Making sure we recover well and don’t get injured is key to making sure we get the most out of our training. There are a lot of injury prevention products out there, but I wanted to make a list of my top five must-have products.
#1: Foam Roller
There are many kinds of foam rollers out there, some cheaper and made of foam only (affiliate link) and some with added bells and whistles. My personal favorite is The Grid (affiliate link). I’ve had mine for three years now and it still looks and works like it’s brand new. The PVC interior also allows me to get a little deeper with my self massaging. Another similar product would be The Stick (affiliate link), which is a little more portable than a foam roller.
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#2: Compression Socks
I love compression socks because you can use them both during a run to help your legs feel less tired or you can put on a pair after a hard run to help you with recovery. The good ones have graduated compression (like from CEP or PRO Compression), with more squeeze down by the ankles and less near the knee. Graduated compression helps with blood return, which is helping your body remove waste products from your tired legs.
#3. Foot Massager
Rolling out the bottoms of your achy runner’s feet can help them be less sore. You can go simple with a golf ball or a frozen bottle of water, or get fancy with something like a Foot Log or Foot Rubz (affiliate links). I personally prefer the latter two because I think they massage and stimulate blood flow a little better, but that’s just my opinion.
#4. Ice Pack/Ice Bath
An ice pack could be simple as a bag of frozen vegetables or a plastic bag filled with ice and a little water, or you could get fancy and buy one that’s made for icing body parts. Just don’t put ice packs that are meant for cooling food or other products directly on the skin since they can be too cold. It’s good to have something on hand in case you have any sore areas that could use a little ice therapy. (Note: I’m not a doctor–please see a medical professional if you think you’re injured!) Some runners also like taking ice baths for recovery after a hard run, which may or may not be effective.
What are your favorite recovery products?
How often do you do self massage?
Fancy ice pack or frozen veggies?