From week 1 of training I’ve noticed tightness in my calves and been getting a pain in my right achilles. My trainers are new and an updated version of trainers I’ve already run in, so I don’t think it’s them. I’m a heavy footed heel-striking runner but I’ve not had any issues before when training for half marathons etc.
So I reluctantly booked an appointment with a bony fingered sadistic harpy otherwise known as a sports masseuse. If you’ve never had sports massage before, it’s nothing like those lovely relaxing ones where someone rubs oil into your skin while whales sing gently in the background.
A sports masseuse will target the particular area of the body that’s causing you pain – so I had a good 45 minutes of what felt like someone trying to push my calves through the back of my knees.
It’s unpleasant and it HURTS! Apparently I need to have one in another 2 weeks and then probably every 4 weeks after that to keep me limber, but we’ll see how my pain threshold goes.
You can see the bruises I’ve been left with (you can see my dog hiding in the background too, but ignore him).
Would I recommend a sports massage? Grudgingly yes, but don’t do it unless you really have to – it’s a pain vs. pain equation.