Foam Roller Triumphs

Heyyy 😀 It’s almost Friday! Thank goodness, no?

B-fast this morning was two parts…

One (before yoga):


(Banana with almond butter, mesquite and cinnamon)

Then I went up to the yoga room which was heated to 90* to see what I could do with my post half mary knee situation.

I put in this DVD:


But kept getting distracted by this guy staring me down:


The foam roller.

Shiva lost the battle. I turned the DVD off within 20 minutes because I couldn’t do a lot of the poses comfortably and instead rolled around on the foam roller. It felt extremely bueno and now I’m icing the ol’ knee.

Not gonna lie to you guys, the knee situation is seriously bumming me out. The weather has been GORGEOUS lately (perfect dog-walking and running weather. Thank goodness it’s pouring today so I don’t feel like I’m missing out) and when I couldn’t teach Zumba last night, it made me sad. Even after Pilates (which I could only do about half of), I really wanted to grab a magazine and chill on the elliptical. When I don’t get my sweat on for the day, I’m antsy and kinda cranky. Poor pilot 😉

The thing is, I’m making myself take my own advice. So many of ya’ll have sent me emails about dealing with injuries, and I don’t have a lot of experience with them –last time I was injured was when I tore my ACL freshman year of college in dance (doing 16 fouettes and then landing in the splits). I was foolish and kept dancing the rest of the year and even did recital knowing that I could seriously hurt myself.

I always tell you guys to REST. Take time off and let your body heal, so that you can recover and get back in the game more quickly. The more you tear you body down, the longer it will take to heal and the longer you’ll miss out on the active things you love.

Sometimes it’s hard to take your own advice. I’m working on it, but it’s not fun. So today, instead of going for a run, I’m getting a massage on my leg and IT band. Hopefully it will help the ol’ leggie and knee out.

*speech ovah*

After my foam rolling sesh, I had the second half of bfast:

egg and oats

Blueberry oats (oat bran with organic blueberrries, cinnamon and vanilla)


And a 3 egg white puff with nutritional yeast and cayenne:


With a vitamin:


I’m off to work for a little while, having a conference call, then it’s massahhhhhhhge time 🙂



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  1. Mama Pea on March 11, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    So I’ve been dying reading all these race recaps and knowing that I can’t do it. I even considered signing up for the Disneyland half in September and just doing it. Then I remember why I can’t (my back) and tried to BELIEVE everything I preach about balance and listening to your body. The point: I know what you are feeling. Exercise doesn’t define you, though, Gina, there is so much more value in YOU! And, if you need a good sweat, there are other ways that don’t kill your knee (or back). I’m rooting for you!!!

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm

      thank you friend <3 just the pep talk i needed

  2. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on March 11, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I feel ya on the knee pain. It’s the worst. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that foam rolling and massaging helps you out!

  3. kelli on March 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Hey I love reading your blog! I was wondering what your favorite brand of dri-fit fitness clothing is? Thanks hope your leg feels better!

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

      nike fit, all the way 🙂

      • kelli on March 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm

        Thanks! I was just looking at some nike today and LOVED it. Great colors/style which is a plus if it is great! I will now have to buy a few things 😛

  4. Sarah on March 11, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Gina, I just blogged about the very same thing last night (I didn’t run a half but I did 5 miles and my hip let me know it isn’t ready for more than 3…) and I now have to take time off recovering too. It’s the pits! But our bodies do let us know when it’s time to rest! Ours are talking at the same time. 🙂 Recover well and you’ll come back stronger!!

  5. Alice on March 11, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Injuries suck majorly. Have you got a pool nearby? Water-running or lap swimming are boring but effective ways to get some cardio and gentle conditioning back in.

  6. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on March 12, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I totally feel you on the injury thing….I have compartment syndrome in my left leg and I can’t afford surgery especially since its only a 50/50 chance of really working. So I have to really listen to my body and if my leg is screaming at me (or really lack of feeling in my leg is what I’m looking for) then I HAVE to stop or else I will lost complete feeling in my leg permanently

  7. Jessica @ Fit and Clean on March 12, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I have a stick called “The Stick” and I think that they’re made here in the ATL that I’ve been using on my legs. My GFM at the gym recommended it..and it’s wonderful! Kind of the same principle as the foam roller, but more like a rolling pin, LOL. Have a fantastic day 🙂

  8. Kelly Michelle on March 13, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I noticed you are starting to eat more raw again. I was wondering if you have any good introduction resources on eating raw. I know that there are several cookbooks you have recommended in the past but I am looking more for a diet/benefits/ guide/ overview/ not sure how to describe it but more of the why and basics than the actual recipes. Inspiration on the benefits etc. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on March 13, 2010 at 10:35 am

      check out the raw food detox diet by natalia rose- she goes over everything 🙂

  9. Kelly Michelle on March 13, 2010 at 1:03 am

    ooops, I meant to leave that on your latest post, not this one, not sure what happened? I’ll put it there too, thanks!

  10. All Women Stalker on March 13, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I love how you spice up your bananas. And your egg puffs look so heavenly. Hope your leg feels better soon.

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