I am ready to leave soon for the race, have to put my contact lens in and go over my "injuries" with the stick. I bought "the stick" yesterday when I was picking up my runner's packet for today's race. The people selling the sticks gave me a demo and then I went to look at the other vendors and started to leave, I suddenly realized how good my calf felt and I went back and bought one. I had a foam roller but I wanted to try the stick because it looked easier to take travelling and to work etc. , I did not think it would work better but it did, I will report more on this as I have more experience with it.