Wonder if anyone has experienced what I describe below or got any advice?
After 15 years of running, I had my first proper sports massage last Tuesday. Prior to my massage I had a few niggles but generally was in decent form. Massage was an hour, he went very deep and it was extremely painful. He said everything was very tight, especially ITB. Could barely walk that evening and the day after, and I had some bruising. It's worth mentioning that this chap is used by so many people at my running club, and they all sing his praises
I could walk properly on Saturday and so tried a parkrun. Muscles did feel a bit looser generally, but I now have a niggle that I've never had prior to the massage. However, the main problem was a sudden complete lack of energy in the legs during the run. Therefore I had to do something I've never done in parkun - walk (3 times)
I rested, ice bathed, stretched, and then did an 8 mile race today (Wednesday - 8 days after the massage). I treated it as a run, not a race, and set off over a minute per mile slower than race pace. To no avail - the niggle was still there and, again, absolutely nothing in the legs. I walked after 3 miles and walked 11 times in total! I appreciate it was hot but I could feel the lack of energy from the start
Anyone had anything similar? I'm reluctant to go back to the massage therapist as my experience of sports massage so far is negative.
I've just recently joined a running club and have done a couple of intensive Tuesday track sessions (such as a hard 8 x 800m with 60 secs rest between).
Since I've started doing them my legs have still been very tired come Parkrun on Saturday, 4 days later, and my times have slowed fairly significantly because there is just nothing in the legs.
Is this normal? Do you think that I will eventually reap the benefits in a few weeks? Or should I just accept that at the age of 37 my legs just don't recover well and that I should have joined a running club years ago?!