These are used for post-workout myofascial release. The jury is still out** as to the benefits of foam rolling, but I am ignoring the wishy-washy evidence because it feels so very good (once you get over the fact that you're rolling around on the floor moaning in happiness).
Since I'm very, very tired and want to get through another question block before bed, here's the abbreviated food happenings of late:
Homemade pad thai with green beans and chewy tofu. Talk about restaurant food at home.
Lime and coconut pound cake, made with cornmeal for a little added texture.
Guinea pigs enjoying parsley al fresco.
Also, I just discovered that Picasa's online photo autofix tool is pretty decent and makes cakes look edible even after a photoshoot in bad lighting. Maybe if I'd used it before I would never have nauseated my loyal readership***.
*Sure enough, a quick Google search of some NYU physicians revealed a number of Facebook profiles and other personal pages. Nothing offensive, of course! In fact, there were several very impressive triathlon finishes among the results.
**This is not the only article available, obviously. A number of studies have provided conflicting results on whether foam rolling increases the range of motion of various joints, recovery of various muscles, and so on.