Foam Rolling for Distance Runners

Posted: November 13, 2015

Use of a foam roller BEFORE a run helps increase blood flow and releases muscle tightness that could interfere with proper running form.


Foam rolling essential muscles prior to run are:



IT (Iliotibial band)


Use of a foam roller AFTER a run helps flush out toxins and reduce lactic acid buildup in the legs.


Foam rolling essential muscles after the run are:



Adductors (inner thigh)



As a former distance runner I prefer to use the soft grid roller which is dense foam wrapped around a plastic pipe and has lasted me for years as opposed to the lower density foams which lose their shape and effectiveness after only a few months.


Author: Kyle Romine is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Kyle graduated from ASU and is a former track athlete,