No doubt your training program is telling you to increase mileage and intensity quite steeply now. Each week you will be asking more of your body which is why it never seems to get easier.
Think back to a few months or even weeks ago and you will realise that things that once seemed impossible are now happening. Your body is adapting to the increase in demands. You will have had highs when you had good runs and terrible lows when things don’t go to plan and your body doesn’t seem to cope. This is perfectly normal.
If you’re following a training program, it will have factored rest days into your training. Rest days are training days. They are the days that muscle fibres repair and you build up new muscle mass, making you stronger and able to increase your workload. This is the time for your body to literally recharge its batteries.
But are you also adding regular maintenance Sports Massage into your program, and if not, why not?
I get regular Sports Massage because I believe it makes me a better runner.
I have a tendency towards tight calves. The main calf muscles are the gastrocnemius and deeper soleus which both work to move the foot and are vital in walking and running. The soleus has another role. It pumps venous blood back to the heart so is important for circulation. A tight calf will not function well and your performance will suffer.
Each time I get my legs massaged, I feel as though my calves are lighter and have more energy. They literally feel like they have more space and when I run, my whole body feels lighter and unblocked. I know that blood is flowing through me as it should and my muscles are doing their job well.
Sports massage can also feel great.
Other reasons for getting regular maintenance massage may include:
- Showing up early signs of problem areas so that niggles can be addressed rather than turning into full blown injuries
- Improving performance by encouraging suppleness and increasing your range of motion
- Decreasing muscle cramps
- Preparing and warming the muscles for activity pre-event or training
- Relaxing the muscles post-event
- Symptomatic relief of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
- Speeding up injury repair and being a vital part of rehabilitation
- Assisting in mental preparation
What Sports Massage can’t do:
Sadly, it can’t make you run like this:
And your training and what you do on marathon day are the only things that will stop you from hitting the wall and ensuring that you have a day to remember forever for all the right reasons.
Don’t Wait To Get Injured
Get a Sports Massage and make it a regular part of your training plan. I have a lot of experience of running marathons, so why not chat to me about how your training is going and let me give you tips and pointers.
And let me help to motivate you!
You’ve probably bored your friends silly now with talk of running but it’s my favourite subject. Come and talk running with me while I smooth out those muscles and make you feel great.
Massage appointments usually get fully booked pre and post marathon dates so book in advance.
Use this link to book now https://www.mariapali.co.uk/bookings/