>Running 101>Massage 2 days before HM...
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
Stay healthy and uninjured!
Sub-2hr HM in the fall
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.
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