Unless you have a sports massage therapist at your disposal (and the requisite funds to pay them), self-massage accessories such as the mighty foam roller are a lifesaver in heavy training weeks. This hot and cold therapy kit from yoga and lifestyle company Gaiam makes a worthy addition to any runner’s recovery arsenal.
Comprising a smooth ball and a spiky textured ball, the accessories are filled with a compound that lets them heat up in warm water or chill in the freezer. It may seem like a small twist on the classic tennis ball or frozen water bottle, but our tester found that the chilled textured ball offered some quality relief to sore plantar fascia. At £19.99 it may be a steep investment for some, but there’s no denying that the added heat and cold therapy eases out aches and knots better than cheaper alternatives.