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We Be Rollin’

by Meghann on October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I celebrated with a12 mile training run, how about you?


12 miles at a 9:04 pace. Not bad. Not bad. πŸ˜‰

The weather has cooled down just a tad here (finally!) and I could really feel a difference in my pace. Holding a 9:00 min/pace didn’t exactly feel ‘easy’, but it didn’t feel overly challenging either. It was just enough effort to know for sure – in a race setting – I could hold it for 14 more miles no worries. At least that’s what the plan is. πŸ˜‰

Before my run I had half of an arnold’s thin with some peanut butter, pumpkin butter, and a broken dark chocolate Adora disk.


Post -run I had a mish mash of eats.


Leftover Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (I ate the other half of the second one while the eggs were cooking).


After a quick reheat in the microwave they were still just as good as yesterday







Check out the new gift I received in the mail this past week.


Foam rollers are one of those things I always tell myself “I really need that” but never actually get around to buying for myself. Apparently Ashley couldn’t stand for my procrastination any longer and sent me a giant foam roller with the note “Use. This. Now.” Yes, Ma’am.


Hurt. So. Good.


The foam roller came in handy after my run today. I rolled my IT bands and worked out all the tension that had been building up all morning. Yes, it was painful, but in these situation pain equals pleasure. I’m really excited to have my own foam roller on hand. This baby should aide in my long run recovery and leave my legs feeling fresh and new. πŸ™‚

I tried to teach Derek how to use it too, but he never caught on.


He kept saying it didn’t hurt and didn’t understand where the pain was suppose to come from. A clear sign he wasn’t doing it right. I made him watch some ‘how to foam roll’ YouTube videos, but then we got distracted and he never gave it a second chance.


Don’t worry though. I will teach him the benefits of foam rolling. πŸ™‚

Thanks for the awesome gift Ashley! I owe ya!!

The extra long foam roller can be found in Ashley’s OpenSky Shop. πŸ™‚

Alright, time to enjoy my Sunday.

See ya!

1 Theodora October 31, 2010 at 10:50 am

I can’t believe that’s your first foam roller! I can’t live without mine.
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2 grocery goddess jen October 31, 2010 at 10:50 am

I need a foam roller, too! Glad you finally have one, and I’m sure with practice you can get Derek doing it right, too!
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3 Beth @ Will Run for Books October 31, 2010 at 10:55 am

Ah, I totally need to get a foam roller … a purchase I have definitely been procrastinating on as well!
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4 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 31, 2010 at 10:56 am

Foam rollers are the best! I have a white one (which is the least dense), and it has worn out. I want to buy a darker color because the darker the color, the more dense it is. (I think I have that right.)
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5 Ash Bear October 31, 2010 at 11:24 am

Yup, that is exactly correct! That is why most gyms have black ones. They can handle the use more than the white ones. πŸ™‚
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6 Lacey @ Lake Life October 31, 2010 at 11:00 am

I hope your Sunday plans include a little apartment cleaning! πŸ˜‰

7 Meaghen October 31, 2010 at 11:03 am

I love my foam roller! I have actually been on the verge of tears before, but it’s such a good pain!!
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8 Clare @ Fitting It All In October 31, 2010 at 11:04 am

I just got a foam roller for my birthday!! My mom went to the running store to buy it and the guy was explaining to her how they are so popular and hard to keep in stock….she just doesn’t get it.
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9 Olivia October 31, 2010 at 11:05 am

I was looking back at some old posts and saw that you did post marathon weight reflections for 2 of your marathons. Are you going to write a reflection about Chicago?

10 michelle October 31, 2010 at 11:19 am

awesome pace!
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11 Ash Bear October 31, 2010 at 11:31 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed the foam roller pain. Derek may be leaning too far back or forward. I did the same thing when I started and then REALIZED when I hit it on the spot! πŸ™‚
Also, FYI for any readers or commenters, the roller is $5 off right now in my shop At $22 this $20 cheaper than anything at Sports Authority! πŸ™‚
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12 Book Worm Runs October 31, 2010 at 11:41 am

I celebrated Halloween by running 4 miles today! :o) And my doggy always tries to lick my face, too, when I try and use my foam roller! Too cute!
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13 Corey @ the Runner's Cookie October 31, 2010 at 11:43 am

Yay for getting a foam roller!! They are amazing. Trust me, if you have a big enough knot in your leg, it CAN hurt enough to make you cry! haha

14 kathleen October 31, 2010 at 11:47 am

Melon. It looks so good. Why don’t i buy more melon? Awesome run this morning.
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15 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 31, 2010 at 11:58 am

Yea..if it doesn’t hurt at least a bit something isn’t right. πŸ˜‰ It’s such a good pain.

Happy Halloween!
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16 Melissa @ For the Love of Health October 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Missed reading your blog!
Congrats on completing the Chicago run awhile back! Isn’t Chicago awesome??
I am going to run my first full next year! I am pretty excited! Any tips?
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17 sarah (the SHU box) October 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm

i celebrated w/ a 10 πŸ™‚ i have never foam rolled!
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18 Jessica@tastyandtrim October 31, 2010 at 12:32 pm

oh gosh pumpkin cinnamon rolls sound heavenly. I need to get myself a foam roller!
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19 LauraB @ foodsnobstl October 31, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Maddie seemed really excited about the foam roller too!

20 Courtney October 31, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Congrats on the run! And I think Maddie wanted to try foam rolling too πŸ˜›

Happy halloween!

^^It’s a pumpkin
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21 Kate October 31, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I hurt just looking at those pictures!

My husband won’t let me buy a foam roller, because he has a set of medieval torture instruments (aka triggerpoint which do the same basic job but hurt even more.
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22 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches October 31, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I hope you enjoy your new foam roller! Mine made all the difference in the world during my marathon training….it really does help speed up the muscle recovery! It hurts so good, right? πŸ™‚
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23 Beth @ Kitchen Minions October 31, 2010 at 1:24 pm

My husband and his teammates swear by the foam rollers. They are so helpful to keep injuries at bay.
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24 Amanda October 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm

This morning, my yoga teacher said Halloween is for people who want an excuse to look silly. Don’t share your homemade candies with trick or treaters – enjoy every bite. πŸ˜‰

25 Katy (The Singing Runner) October 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Ahhhh the foam roller! I need to get myself one of those. I had to use them back in PT last summer.

Like you, I started my Halloween with a run (not quite as long- only a 5K race, but I did make a PR) Have a wonderful Halloween!

26 hemp jogger October 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm

love the shirt…represent πŸ˜‰ !

27 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 31, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I ran 12 miles this morning too!! Great minds think alike πŸ™‚
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28 Lee October 31, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Get Derek this sucka and he will experience the goodness of pain

29 Biz October 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Happy Halloween Meghann! Have fun today! πŸ˜€
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30 Matt October 31, 2010 at 2:00 pm

If he didn’t feel it, he is not doing it right πŸ˜‰

31 Ron October 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Traditionally, the black rollers are higher density, but not always. And the pain you feel depends not only on the firmness of the roller, but also the quality of your muscle tissue — i.e. whether you have a lot of adhesions or not. Generally, the more it hurts, the more you need it. Derek might not be doing it right, might not have a specific problem with his IT bands, or might be ready for a slightly more aggressive approach. If the later, get him a RumbleRoller (

32 Katrina October 31, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I spent 9 months in physical therapy due to a NASTY case of ITBS. In fact, that’s what prompted me to start my blog over 2 years ago just from sheer frustration of not being able to run. After being released from therapy, Mr. Masochism told me to get a foam roller and mimic the manipulation that he did daily for so many weeks. IT WORKS! It doesn’t replace pt, but it helps keep my IT bands loose but I have to do it consistently. It gradually stopped hurting so much which told me I was doing it right and my bands were loose. Now, it only hurts when I have tough trail run OR when some hip inflammation kicks in. It literally keeps me running. πŸ™‚
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33 Heather October 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Eeek Meghann you are looking really skinny lately!!!! Did you lose more weight?

34 Olivia October 31, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I thought so too!

35 christina cadden October 31, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Happy Halloween! Good job on the run!

36 Diana October 31, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I celebrated with a 12 mile training run too! My longest run yet πŸ™‚ Also finally bought a foam roller and have no idea why I waited so long. My IT bands are currently thanking me

37 Sarah @ EatRunGarden October 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I celebrated with my very fist 10k! It is the longest run I have ever done but I don’t plan to stop there!
I haven’t ever used a foam roller but maybe it will be something I try soon.
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38 Allie October 31, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Everything looks great, I’ve always been scared to try a foam roller myself!
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39 Heather October 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm

love my foam roller! I have been having IT band issues lately and it helps a lot!
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