Stop, Drop, And Roll.

Stop, drop and roll is a simple fire safety technique taught to children, emergency services personnel and industrial workers as a component of health and safety training. Primarily, it is a method to extinguish a fire on a person’s clothes or hair without, or in addition to, the use of conventional firefighting equipment. In addition to extinguishing the fire, stop, drop and roll is an effective psychological tool, providing those in a fire situation, particularly children, with a routine that can be focused on in order to avoid panic.  –Wikipedia


What I should be doing every…damn…day.


Foam rolling. Yeah. Apparently I didn’t do it for 21 straight days or else I would have formed that habit.

Actually, I’m really good at it if I go home after I run. But sometimes I go to Yoga, or drop off at the grocery store, or pick the kids up from school. By the time I walk through the door at home, the thought leaves my mind. Or else, I end up getting caught up in something completely unrelated to running recovery. Before I know it, the day is done, and I didn’t stop, drop, and roll.

I’m considering keeping a foam roller in my car. But I’m thinking I might look pretty ridiculous foam rolling in the parking lot of the public park where I run. I don’t know. Maybe I wouldn’t.


The point I’m making is…if I even have a point…running at a remote location certainly has it’s downers. Not foam rolling immediately after my runs is one of them.

I’m ready to set my Apple Watch alarm to remind me to do this. I know it is best to do it immediatley after a run, but I suppose that even if I can get it done at some point during the day, it is better than not doing it at all. Besides, it does relieve a lot of muscle tension when I stick with it. And I was able to tame this hamstring tweek I acquired at the Victory Run 10K on Labor Day.

But it isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world to do. I suppose this is why it is good for you. Not all good things feel great. Ironic, I know.


It’s just got to get done. And I have to be consistent about it. With Chicago now less than 24 days away, I can’t afford to pull anything. And I certainly can’t afford to be tight. I’ve got two big runs coming up in the next 10 days. Seriously. It is time to get serious.

So, what did I do today after my 4-mile jog?


And I feel somewhat less guilty.

Day 1.

20 more to go.

Habit formed…

What habit are you trying to make? Or break?

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