Patricia on Pre-Marathon Massage and Recommendations


Brought to you by one of our awesome sponsored athletes, today’s blog is all about prepping for the Austin Marathon. Weather it’s your first of hundred and thirty first marathon, Patricia has the tips and tricks to getting through:


Did you know that the plural of bats is called a cloud?  What is a group of runners called? How about a cloud of runners?

I moved to Austin in 2012.  The following January I noticed a significant increase in runners.  I assumed this must be a response to New Year’s resolutions. Waiting for the bus at 5:30 am I was passed by anywhere from 50 to 100 runners in a seemingly endless cloud. I later realized this was prime training season for the Austin Marathon.  I happened to live on Duval right along the course.

Admittedly it has been a few years since I’ve run a marathon as I now train exclusively for the sprint distance triathlon.  Running was always my first love. Half and full marathons are my favorite distance. There is nothing like the comradery of seasoned athletes running side by side with new marathoners.  Everyone remembers his or her first finish. I will always accredit the completion of my first marathon to be one of the first moments where I felt convinced I was a capable athlete.

As a person with blindness I hear all the time about the many things others can do that I will struggle with. Completing my first marathon gave me the sense of empowerment; I had the feeling that there are some things I can do that others can’t. More importantly with hard work, coaching, faith, and a little diligence I can probably bridge any perceived Limitation. The completion of my first marathon was a huge turning point for me as I assume it will be for all the first timers attempting the 2015 Austin Marathon.

For all those athletes in Austin who have joined the running cloud please know that I am in your corner cheering you on.  If it is your first marathon, you may not yet know what you’ve gotten yourself into, but I assure you it will be one of the best moments of your life. If you are a seasoned runner I wish you the best toward your performance goals and please remember to encourage the newbies.

If you were to ask me for a recommendation I would give three pieces of advice. Firstly, nutrition can make or break your race.  Please don’t try anything new; please don’t go crazy with carb loading, and have a plan for product or nutrition along the way. Secondly, it is the rest you get two nights prior to a race that is the most important. Don’t be concerned if you are tossing and turning the night before. Finally I would say follow the recommendation for pre-race massage found in Outdoor Magazine…  I will summarize the recommendations here: Anna Grammal, former therapist to the London Olympic team, recommends regular massage for ongoing maintenance. With regard to pre-race massage the advice given dictates a deep tissue massage 5-6 days out from a race.  Any closer to the race a massage will likely help calm your nerves more than improve your performance.  Don’t under estimate the value of nerves.  If it is less than 5-6 days out from the race keep to sweetish relaxation massage.  Most importantly if you are new to massage probably want to try it as soon as possible as everyone’s body reacts differently. Contact Austin Massage Company to get an appointment before all the prerace appointments are taken. Schedule your massage. I’m so excited to see all the Austin participants have a great race this year!

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