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Old 10-12-2012, 02:36 PM   #1
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half marathon massage?

DH is running his first half at marathon weekend. I'm surprising him with the race retreat and a post-marathon massage. Any thoughts on when to book the massage for? Later that day? The next AM? When is the earliest that makes sense given the need to get back to Saratoga Springs (where we're staying)?

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Old 10-21-2012, 06:45 AM   #2
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DH is running his first half at marathon weekend. I'm surprising him with the race retreat and a post-marathon massage. Any thoughts on when to book the massage for? Later that day? The next AM? When is the earliest that makes sense given the need to get back to Saratoga Springs (where we're staying)?

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I had a massage after mine both years. The first year, it was perfectly timed. We (my aunt and I) got them sometime between 12 and 3 (I can't remember) at the spa at the Yacht Club, then went over to Beaches & Cream for dinner & a kitchen sink sundae (clearly exactly what one needs after a half marathon!) We still had three days left at the parks. The day following the half we went to Universal and noticed girls wearing their race shirts wobbling, and they asked us how we were walking so well. We can only imagine it was the massage! So, the day of will be perfect.

That being said, this year we had the race retreat, and ended up being more crunched for time. We almost didn't make our massage appointments (it doesn't help that I spent an hour in the room under the blankets because I was so COLD after the race).

I'd say anytime in the early afternoon/evening should be good. He'll have enough time to calm down after the race (jumping into the pool is a good idea post-race as well) and enough time to get to where you need to go.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:10 PM   #3
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For the most part, you should wait until the window of 24-48 hours post race before getting a true sports massage. Earlier than that and it'll likely just add to the inflammation and tissue breakdown caused by the run.
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For the most part, you should wait until the window of 24-48 hours post race before getting a true sports massage. Earlier than that and it'll likely just add to the inflammation and tissue breakdown caused by the run.
Agreed. Next day is most beneficial.
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