Massage / Massacre

I spent most of the day at work painting bathrooms, which apparently isn’t conducive to coming up with a good blog post. I apologize. 

So let me waste your time telling you about a couple massages I got recently. Remember where I was whining about that shoulder injury I sustained, the one that kept me from running for 4 days? Well, I decided to actually shed my insecurities about having people I know touch me about my person and see if some massage couldn’t fix that issue, assuming it was a muscular tension problem. 

The first massage was by my gf’s sister and was what I usually expect a massage to feel like. It was theraputic, relaxing, and did a good job at alleviating the tension that was in my neck area. The very next day I was good to run, even if I did feel the shoulder pain, though only very slightly. 

Then a friend of ours, also a trained massage therapist, came over to do some more work on me after my 10 mile run today. This massage was, well….different. Michelle had gotten a massage from this individual earlier last week and raved about how good she felt…after she got over how PAINFUL it was. I think she was even bruised in one area.

So, I figured my massage might be relatively painful as well…but damn…I didn’t know I would be feeling pain like this, like eyes almost tearing up pain, like tattoo pain but without the lasting souvenir. This was a pain like running mile intervals. Like the predator run yesterday, knowing it’s really good for you, but just dying to see the finish. 

Ultimately, I made it out alive and my shoulder region feels much less tense and with a greater range of movement. More importantly, while working on my shoulder at a certain angle she realized it was actually swollen in one of the areas I said was giving me problems. She gave me the equivalent of a doctor’s note to take it easy at work (Don’t twist my arm!…actually go ahead!) and then mumbled some incomprehensible gibberish about taking it easy with running as well. Yeah, I didn’t hear that either. Taking it easy at work though…loud and clear! Fortunately, my vacation is coming up at the end of this week and should offer me greater healing time while still being able to put in serious training.

She finished the massage session working on my lower legs and I tried to get her to tell me that working on my legs would make me run 30 seconds faster per mile, but she couldn’t verify that claim. Damn. 

Unfortunately, I’m in no position to pay for any massage services, but if I came across some money I’d sure like to get consistent massage work done, and maybe some yoga sessions, and a chiropractor, and…. but yeah, I’m dreaming. Or maybe I could work some sponsorship trades! 

Sorry to waste your time with that one….I’ll see what pops into my head tomorrow. Big workout tomorrow that’s for sure… 3 mile warmup / 5 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, / 3 miles at 85% (5:15 pace?) / 5 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy / 3 mile cool down

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Log

10 mile very easy recovery run

Diet – today was weird…LOTS of oatmeal

Breakfast – English muffins w/ peanut butter and margarine, coffee
Lunch – peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat, brocolli, Instant organic oatmeal packet
Post-lunch snack – 2 or 3 more Instant organic oatmeal packets
Dinner – Pasta with veggies, oil and spices
Snacks – coffee, water, more oatmeal (w/ peanut butter, almonds, brown sugar), soymilk, water, chocolate bites

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2 responses to “Massage / Massacre

  1. I’ve been considering this Scott and want to know whether you truly feel massages are worth the money.

    Of course, it’s easy to think so after you get it and the next day, but does that one day of ‘pain-free’ running justify the cost of a massage. Here in Hawaii we have two types of massage parlors. It’s either crappy but cheap, or high end and expensive and you come out smelling like roses.

    I’ve often thought about investing in a weekly massage to give my body some aid but I find sitting in an ice bath works just fine too, albeit not very pleasant.

  2. Well, I didn’t pay for either of my massages, so my perspective is probably skewed. I don’t know, I hear some runners swear by them…mainly marathon runners, but I don’t know if I’d pay for them consistently. I really think ice-baths are probably more beneficial as far as recovery goes. I would only go for massages if I needed to alleviate an injury related to muscle tension. just two cents.

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