If you’ve ever trained with me, you know I’m a proponent of massage. And cardio. But you all seem to prefer it when I recommend getting a massage as opposed to spending half an hour on the elliptical! 😉
So, after my terrible experience during the 18 mile race last Sunday, I decided I needed to get a massage, from someone who had experience with sports injury. My friend/mentor/past running coach, the super talented cyclist and runner Lesa Zimmerman, had recommended her NYC masseuse to me several times, but I had never made an appointment. So I called and got the first appointment available, yesterday afternoon.
Wow. This woman knew her stuff. We totally nerded out and talked anatomy while she gave me one of the best deep tissue massages I have ever had, really focusing on the muscles that were knotted up and causing my leg to spasm. I feel sore, but better today. I’m going to try running tomorrow or Friday, and my friend and fellow trainer Tiffany will be assessing my stride to see what I’m doing biomechanically that may be causing my pain.
Massage is such a great supplement to a well-rounded strength and cardio program. It helps your muscles heal, repair, and therefore get stronger. And when you’re injured, it’s a godsend.