So, I found a good website and read all about the masseuse. Perhaps I didn't give it much thought; she was well qualified and local so I emailed to book an appointment.
Now, the furthest I had run thus far was 7 miles - but Saturday with the promise of a sports massage at 2pm I kept running until I had achieved 10 miles. The last two were very slow and draining, but I thought if I can reach this goal it is significant enough to build upon. After all, on the 21st of November I have 13 miles to run in the Gosport half marathon!
I was in the park forever! At 9am I did three laps past children playing with their football coach, then they were gone and I had the park to myself before the dog walkers came out, then the other runners and finally parents with children. Thank goodness it was a nice day!
Since I thought I might struggle to stand up in the shower I had a bath back at home and then went off to meet the masseuse.
I was met at the door by the masseuse who could have been Kirsten Dunst's sister. She completed a health questionnaire with me and then checked my mobility. It seems my shoulders are bending in (I need to stick my *ahem* chest out).
Ouch! I had been told it might hurt and it did! However, as the worked area was finished it felt fantastic and at the end I felt very, very relaxed.
The masseuse was also full of really useful advice and I am going to share this with you:
- run with your bum, don't let the legs do all the work
- keeping your middle tight will help prevent lower back pain
- don't do static stretches before running, do some dynamic stretches or walk quickly
- do ten minutes of static stretches after running
- stick your chest out!