My legs were a tad sore from my 12-miler yesterday (what am I going to do when marathon training starts??) so I did an easy 4.5 mile run and 1.5 mile walk plus 20 minutes of glutes and chest at the gym. I had initially done 4 miles total but then a friend showed up to run so I had to stay and chat for a bit!
I wore a light purple shirt, purple shoes, brought my purple iPod shuffle and had my purple case-covered iPhone there to listen to another episode of Serial. I swear I didn’t plan any of it but you can probably guess what my favourite colour is.
My week actually started off pretty great because I scheduled a massage in the middle of my Monday and I now think it should be mandatory to start every week (and possibly end every week too) with a massage. I basically spent the day waiting to go to my massage… I mean, um, doing lots of school work. I actually did get quite a bit done and when I looked at the clock I realized I had to leave RIGHT NOW and grabbed a handful of nuts and dates and a pear for the road!
It has been way too long since I had a massage because I am only covered through my insurance for a certain number and I used them up pretty quickly last year. Now that it is 2015 I have another round of coverage and clearly I am wasting no time burning through it. I am going to try and save some for the day after races but who knows how long I’ll be able to hold out!
My masseuse worked mostly on my upper body because it was ridiculously tight. By the time she had finished with my arms, shoulders, and back, she asked, “Sooooo how important was it that I did your lower body too?” Where most people get a single tight muscle in their shoulders, I had many many tight knots. I tend to forget about stretching my upper body because I think ‘running = legs’ but I also strength train at least 3 times a week and NEVER stretch my back/arms/shoulders. My masseuse guessed I either did a very laborious job (HAHA) or worked out a lot.
I go to THIS spa for massage therapy which is conveniently located in a complex with an organic food store. I just HAD to take a look around after my massage, not only because I was delirious from the soft music and peppermint oil on my neck and would be risking lives by driving at that moment, but because you can sometimes score awesome deals on delicious food there!
I have had Happy Planet butternut squash soup before and it was dynamite so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with the tomato soup. It was creamy and delicious! I was frozen when I got home from my massage so I sat in a blanket eating soup and warmed right up! I can’t think of any better meal during the winter!
My doctor always gives me the ol’ “you know that the research around massages has never conclusively proved that they are effective treatment for anything right?” and I always nod along and tell him that they feel way to good on my tired muscles not to get them done. Though they have never had significant evidence for the proof that massages help or hinder in any way, if anything they help me mentally relax and realize where I am tense/tight and know that I should stretch those areas more. I don’t know who the researchers are that are doing the studies but have they HAD a massage before?! 😉
Do you go for massages? What about chiro or physio?
Best winter meal to warm you up?