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Massage 2 days before HM... (Read 68 times)

    Good idea?  Terrible idea?

     

    I have been dealing with posterior shin splints for the last 2-3 weeks, using a combination of relative rest, ice, stretching, strengthening, and massage.  I am now pain-free, though I still have a long way to go towards preventing a recurrence.  In any case, I have a massage scheduled for Friday, and my HM is on Sunday- I'm just not sure if I should skip the massage, and perhaps save it for the day after the race?   Any experiences that you can share would be appreciated!

     

    A bit more info- the massages have been leaving me pretty sore.  I had my last massage last Friday, and my glutes and calf muscles are still tender to the touch this morning.  That being said, I did go out and run four miles after dropping my daughter at school, and my legs felt great once I was warmed up.  No pain or discomfort at all.  As for the HM itself- I have thrown my time goals right out the window, and have decided to just do this one for fun.  No point pushing it too hard while coming back from injury- the long term goal is to run for life!

     

    Thanks in advance!

    Back in the saddle, after six years off...

    Spring 2013- 5k 24:15

    Fall 2013- HM 2:00:01

    2014 Goals: 

    Stay healthy and uninjured... so much for that.

    Fall HM.

      Catwoman, I would make a point to the therapist that you have a race in two days. I'd also drink very well before and after the massage.

      "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus

        +1. I wouldn't do deep tissue 2 days before a race. Swedish massage would be just fine.  I generally make sure I'm at least 5 days out from a race if I'm getting deep tissue.  It's a nice way to kick off a taper. :-)

         

        MTA: Some places provide a "sports massage" as well which would work.

         

        Catwoman, I would make a point to the therapist that you have a race in two days. I'd also drink very well before and after the massage.

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