|Pre-race and post-race massages are the BEST!|
So, what is DTM? According to www.massagetherapy.com:
Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. These techniques require advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. ... It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis.This is not your Swedish grandmother's massage. This is NOT a relaxing experience. It starts out pleasantly enough. I think the practitioner tries to lull you into a false sense of comfort and security before going to work. After all, if you are too tense, they can't get past the surface muscle to work the deeper layers beneath. If the massage is done right, in my opinion, it can
|Hubby is not as big of a fan of massage as I am. I got|
him a massage gift certificate a few months ago for his
birthday and he has yet to use it. I keep eyeing it.
If it isn't used soon; it will be reclaimed.
I suppose I should write something about my week so far. It's been pretty good run-wise. I ran on Sunday for 42 minutes (70 percent of last week's effort) and did the elliptical for 42 minutes, too. Both felt great, however I was not able to ice right away and the shin area felt inflamed most of Sunday and Monday, too. So frustrating.
As alluded to, this week I am doing 70 percent of last week's effort. Additionally, I will probably be taking Friday off in anticipation of the Point Bock 5 Mile Run I am participating in on Saturday. I am so used to exercising while LG is in pre-school on Fridays that I am not even sure what I will do with myself. A nice problem to have.
The ab fab Fab Abs Challenge is nearly at an end! Today is the last day. Unbelievable. And to think I almost didn't do the exercises last night. After the massage, I was feeling too beat up and mellow at the same time. My husband guilted me into it, though, so I am on track for finishing today with NO MISSED DAYS. (I'm very proud of that.) What's next? I am not sure. I already have two options - a plank challenge someone posted and a 100-push-up challenge, posted over at Neurosis of the Stay at Home Marathoner of 3 (Kids). So, I don't know exactly what I will end up doing, but I do know I will do something. I have had a lot of fun doing the Fab Abs Challenge. I can't wait for the next one.
One week down in the No-Chocolate Challenge! I can't believe I have gone a whole week without chocolate. It has had its ups and downs, but all in all it hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be, at least not yet. The worst thing so far is that I seem to be hungry every night. I wonder if my body is missing that extra 100-200 calories of chocolate that it used to have. I guess we'll see how it goes.
Coming Soon! Bondi Band Giveaway! Stay tuned for a review and giveaway of Bondi Bands! More details to follow.