January is the month when many people decide on a new physical challenge for the year. In the past, this was usually a 10K run, half marathon or marathon. Nowadays it seems that more people want something more extreme – a Tough Mudder, Wolf Run or something similar. It’s interesting to see people’s approach to doing this – from those who hope that wishful thinking and minimal training will get them through to those who plan their training with military precision and everything in-between.
Whichever point of that spectrum people are on, they very often miss out two key steps of successful preparation. These are:
1. Caring for muscles, tendons and ligaments throughout training. Without proper care of these, soft tissue damage during training is all too likely. It is not uncommon for people to get such injuries during training that they end up being unable to enter the race they wanted. This disappointment can be prevented by investing in good remedial massage therapy sessions at regular intervals during the training phase.
2. Planning care of the soft tissue post-race too. Success isn’t simply about competing at any cost to yourself – real success is completing the race and still being able to walk around relatively pain free the next day too. Having a remedial massage the day after the race will enable you to avoid much of the pain and immobility that can set in post-event.
Good muscle and soft tissue care throughout the preparation, participation and recovery phases of any major physical challenge can make the difference between comfortable success and painful failure, and can enable a relatively comfortable recovery.
So, when planning your great challenge, as well as investing in good footwear and kit and planning your training schedule, don’t forget to plan your soft tissue care too – get massage sessions booked in and make a commitment to yourself to be successful in every sense. Your body will thank you for it!
If you planning a physical challenge in 20016, then do get some remedial massage therapy to get you on top form. If you live in the Midlands then contact me to discuss how I can help. I'll soon have you ready to take on any new challenges.