One very important thing massage does is dilate your blood vessels, allowing for better circulation and delivery of oxygen to your muscle tissues, which are in dire need after a big even like the Marquette Marathon. Increased blood circulation also is tied to relieving muscle tension and soreness after an intense work out. A pre-event massage will help loosen up your muscles and a post-event massage will aid in recovery.
The benefits of massage for athletes are not purely physical. Massage also helps to relieve anxiety and stress you may be feeling before beginning the big race, and can help you to focus on the task ahead of you and perform your absolute best.
Basically, massage doesn’t just feel like it is doing something good for you—it actually is. It’s a good idea to get into a massage routine, just like you would with an exercise program. Remember to drink lots of water after your massage, which you will most likely be doing anyway after participating in the Marathon.
Good luck, and run on! We hope to see you at the end of the month. Be looking for us!