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Welcome to the Official Site of The Y in Central Maryland Turkey Trot Charity 5K! We are excited to have you join us for this Thanksgiving morning tradition.

Adults, children and families from across the region come together to not only run (or walk, jog, stroll), but to raise funds so that children living in poverty in Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Thank you for being part of something good on Thanksgiving Morning!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Foam Rolling for Runners

Have you ever seen one of these things either at the gym or when out shopping?

Ever wonder what it is or what it does? Well, if you are a runner, or athlete in any form, you need to get to know the foam roller.

Foam rolling offers many of the same benefits of a massage, especially when you are targeting large muscle groups. Foam rolling may not be as relaxing as a massage, but it is cheaper and can be done everyday right at home.

Foam rolling stretches your muscles and tendons while also breaking down soft tissue adhesions. By using your own body weight and the foam roller, you are able to break down trigger points and soothe tight fascia, which leads to increased increased blood flow and circulation. It may be a little uncomfortable to roll out your muscles, but it is well worth it.

Now you may be wondering how exactly a foam roller is used. Here is a video to help get your started:

For more information on the benefits and guidelines for working with a foam roller check out this site: http://bit.ly/1clPTdF

Ready to get started? Head to your local sporting goods store, order one online, or you may even be able to pick one up at super market.

Happy rolling! We know it will ease your sore muscles and improve your running!

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