This year’s Bath Half Marathon is nearly upon us and one runner, Caroline from Combe Down, talks us through her preparation in a series of blogs.
Here she takes us through her first experience of a sports massage…
“Let’s be clear. I am a “fun” runner. I do it to keep fit and keep the weight down. It keeps my dog happy, too. He loves all the woodland runs around Combe Down.
I generally like to run for 30 minutes, not much more. So, why oh why, did I agree to run the Bath Half? I guess it was that smooth-talking younger brother who said we ought to give it a go before we draw our pensions.
Yes, I am not in the first bloom of youth but already into my second half-century.
Diligently, and in a thoroughly amateur way, I have been building up the mileage since just before Christmas and trying to dodge any injuries.
Just when the going was getting particularly tough, I noticed that Team Bath was offering a “Bath Half Survival Package”. Perfect timing, I thought, and I am giving it a go.
First up, a visit for a sports massage. I’ve never had a massage let alone a sports massage, so didn’t know what to expect. The big paratrooper who went in before me, came out saying “ooh, that hurt”. So I was doubly apprehensive by now.
After weeks of having stiff legs, all I can say is that this is a pretty fantastic experience and two days afterwards I hit 10.5 miles in training for the first time.
Tamsin was professional, analytical and made sure that she concentrated her 40-minutes of effort where it was needed. Apparently, one of these a month, can make significant differences to anyone exercising regularly. I am converted. I fully believe it. And, at £30 a go, it’s not going to break the bank.
Next instalment, something called a Vo2 max test. This is done in a lab environment and I’m curious now to see what help this can give, too.”
If you’re taking part in the Bath Half, make sure you prepare properly.