Gear Of The Year - ROLL Recovery





Wow, we are so psyched and honored to be featured in Men’s Journal 2013 Gear Of The Year issue!  It makes all the effort that was poured into the R8 feel completely worth it.  I have the issue on my desk and I can’t stop looking at it.  I thought it would wear off in a few days but I am still excited!  We are also featured on the Men’s Journal website as well at:

Well, none of this would have happened without the awesome people that are using the R8 and helping us spread the word.  THANK YOU to you all!

- Jeremy


From Colorado’s 9News:


Dear blog, we apologize for ignoring thee.  We promise to post more.  Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the NYC Marathon!

Boy oh boy was it a windy one.  We are happy to announce that Adriana was able to grunt it out and finish as top American and 13 place overall.  It was about 5-7 minutes slower then where she wanted to be – but on a day like this, you pretty much have to throw out any sort of time goal out the window.

The race started out with two Ethiopians blazing out from the start – and they led most of the way in front.  Although they ended up getting caught, it was a solid effort.  Adriana tucked in with the rest of the pack and held on until about the 14th mile, when she dropped back a little.  It was pretty much a solo effort from 14 to the 26.2 mile finish.  A tough day in the wind.

Overall, the trip was very memorable.  Mostly due to the fact that it was a redemption year from getting canceled last year and from the Boston Marathon bombings.  The security was doubled this year from other years; I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many police in one place before.  There were literally hundreds on every major street near the finish.

It was such an honor to take part in this years NYC Marathon.  And it was so great seeing the friends and familiar faces that take part in all the major road races.  I am in awe of the NYRR for their ability to pull off a flawless event.

Also great seeing Mike Conforti & the Sneaker Factory/Kind Runner crew at the expo representing ROLL Recovery!

Boulder Flooding - 5


(images pulled from Google Images)

It has been raining here for over three days straight and as I write this it is still pouring.  It took over 1.5 hours yesterday to drive to our office/warehouse (which is normally a 10 minute drive).

Being born and raised in Colorado, I have never seen rain like this.  It normally starts raining and stops raining by the time you can look out the window.

On the drive through Boulder yesterday, the damage is astonishing.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have suffered injury and damage through this.



ROLL Recovery - Strava R8k Challenge


Okay runners, now is your chance to get outside and blast eight kilometers or as we are calling it, the ROLL Recovery R8k Challenge!  Join the Challenge 

Hopefully you’ve been keeping your miles up and are feeling fit.   Or for some of you, you’ve been doing quite a bit of pedaling this summer but haven’t tied on the ol’ running shoes in a while.  And if you have been stuck indoors and haven’t found the motivation to step out in the summer heat, now is your chance to test yourself with a five miler (8k).  And don’t worry about how fast (or slow) you are, we just love to see people getting out there and testing themselves.  So login or sign up for Strava and let’s get this party started.

It just so happens that Strava is one of our favorite training aids and have been addicted to it ever since we tried it for the first time about two years ago.  So we couldn’t be happier to partner with them for this Challenge.

The ROLL Recovery R8k Challenge will start August 1st and conclude August 7th.  So get ready!  



In addition to the ROLL Recovery R8k Challenge, we are hosting a contest on Twitter and Instagram and giving away five R8s.  Yes, that is correct, FIVE R8’s to our Twitter and Instagram followers of @ROLLrecovery.  Use the tag #rollrecoveryR8k demonstrating why you need help recovering, your favorite running view, what motivates you before or after a run or basically anything you think we’ll get a kick out of.   You can start tagging your photos now!  On August 8th, we’ll select the five photos that stood out and send them a ROLL Recovery R8.  Simple as that.  And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook too!

Have a great time and good luck!


*** #rollrecoveryR8k photo contest update***

There were so many great photos we almost couldn’t decide.  We thought six is a much better number than five so we are giving out six R8s to the lucky people below.  The winners are:


“It’s getting gummy at 14,000 feet” by Cameron Moore.  These gummy bears have the best view in the world.


“Running an 8k with three children” by @Foreknox  He’s a teacher, scientist, triathlete, father and it sounds like his wife is just as busy!  He deserves an R8.


“Morning run in a Eucalyptus Forrest” by Adamsenatori.  Thanks for making all of us here extremely jealous for what looks like one of the best running trails in the world.


“Happy Faces” by Lexibhoffman.  Who doesn’t smile looking at this face?  Pure joy….


“Family sprints on the coast in Honolulu, Hawaii” by Neessa Cappolla @fitneessa.  This is actually a video!  Watch it at the link below.  Yes, we know, it was supposed to be a “photo” contest, but we bent the rules a little because who wouldn’t want to run in this part of the world?  And we felt we MUST show you.  :)


“Altitude training” by Gbarrio.  He deserves an R8 for dedicating his life to the sports we love.  And for reminding us to get outside and go run!  Plus it is a great picture.


Thank you all for participating in the ROLL Recovery R8k Challenge on Strava and for the amazing, inspiring, and awesome photos.  We hope you all are staying fit, healthy and having fun.



Ally Loisel-Murray- ROLL Recovery_002


Part of the job here at ROLL Recovery means talking with many different people.  Today, I had the utmost privilege of speaking with Ally Loisel-Murray.  We spent well over an hour on the phone as she shared her amazing, inspiring and moving story that literally brought tears to my eyes.

She’s currently on the border between Texas and Oklahoma on a journey to RUN from Galveston, Texas to her home in Minnesota.  Yes, she’s RUNNING over 1,500 miles to raise awareness for Carotid Artery Dissection, Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke Prevention.  And she’s running about a marathon per day, alone, with just a pair of Mizuno shoes and a new pair of sunglasses.

In 2008, just before her marathon to qualify for Boston, she was rear-ended in a severe car accident.  Thinking she made it out unscathed, in the weeks to follow she learned she had three traumatic brain injuries, a stroke, nearly suffered a massive stroke and trisected her left carotid artery.   She had to go into emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from her artery and add a stent.  Ally was told she only has a 5% chance of survival due to the fact that she was born without a right carotid artery, a rare condition (see image above).

With a 95% chance of dying, minutes before surgery, she’s busy signing pages of disclosures and arranging organ donation, while her family is sitting in the waiting area overwhelmed with emotion.  The doctors put it bluntly that she’s most likely not going to make it and if she is living after the surgery, she will be in a vegetative state.

When she awoke from surgery she thought she was dead, until she saw her brother and the first thing that came to her mind was to pretend she forgot whom he was to play a joke on him.

Within months after her surgery, she had one thing on her mind and that was to go running again.  Fast forward a few years and she’s running across the United States.

She’s beat the odds but is not out of the woods yet.  Doctors said she’d make it a week, then a month and now with four years since surgery she is staying positive.

Please visit her website, and send her a motivational message as she makes the long journey home.

God bless you Ally.



ROLL Recovery R8 Marathon Running

I grabbed a few clips of last Sunday’s long run at Gold Hill in Boulder Colorado – with coach, Brad Hudson and his group. It was such a beautiful morning, the moving pictures don’t give it justice. But it was as good as I could do hanging a Canon 7D out the window of Brad’s Subie. Enjoy — and go run!


Pagani - ROLL Recovery

There is probably no better example of mechanical engineering blended with pure art than a Pagani.  Horacio Pagani said it best that sometimes these two fields (art and mechanical engineering) are opposite in nature.  But this is what happens when they’re blended perfectly.  It is truly incredible the level of detail and design that goes into one of these machines.  Inspiration for any designer.


Video Review - ROLL Recovery R8

This is great.  I just came across this video review of the R8 by PJ under the name Roninrunner on youtube.  It is so awesome to see this kind of feedback from athletes.  My favorite part is the comparison between foam rolling and using the R8.  This was one of the main motivators in developing the R8; to make it really easy to use and not make it feel like a 2nd workout when you get home from a run or a ride.

Well done PJ!  THANK YOU for sharing!

- Jeremy


Jeremy Nelson - ROLL Recovery

They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but we were hoping to share with everyone what went down.  As expected, the show was HUGE and there were a plethora of vendors, giant exhibits, and displays I am sure took months to build.  Well, we just had our simple race tent hiding in the basement, and somehow Cycling Illustrated found us and called the R8 “One of the best products they found“.  Wow!  Thank you!

-Jeremy Nelson


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I was bike pacing today, September 7, 2012, for Hudson Training Systems group in Boulder, CO and took my camera along. Since I was pacing the ladies I didn’t capture much of the guys – but they were definitely hitting it hard.

They are all training for different fall races. NYC Marathon, Chicago Marathon, World Half-Marathon Championships, Twin Cities Marathon and Frankfurt Marathon.

If you’re running anything from 5k to marathon and want to know exactly what the athletes were doing today, check out legendary Coach Brad Hudson’s book HERE.

Guys were doing mile repeats.
Jason Hartmann
Patrick Rizzo
Kenyon Neuman
Zach Hine
Carlos Trujillo

1st group ladies, 30k Marathon simulation (about 22 miles including warm-up & cool down):
Adriana Nelson
Nuta Olaru
Addie Bracy
Mattie Suver

2nd group ladies, Fartlek workout:
Brooke Kish
Alex Blake
Brie Felnagle

Music: Animal Rights by Deadmau5

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