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When runners are training for peak performance, they often make the mistake of waiting to get a massage until after their event. My best tip is to get a massage seven to 10 days before your race. Why train so hard and ignore the recovery process? Especially in training programs that involve a mileage taper, the last one to three weeks before an event are about making sure you're fresh for the big day. Massage therapy speeds athletic recovery and can address some aches and pains that may be problematic on race day, when you want to be as relaxed and well-rested as possible. Massage therapy is great after an event too, but in terms of athletic performance, it's more important before.
—Emily Bilodeau, a licensed massage therapist at Serenity Holistic Massage and avid runner
We asked elite runners, coaches, doctors, and more to share their very best advice to help you run farther, faster, longer, and stronger
We asked elite runners, coaches, doctors, and more to share their very best advice to help you run farther, faster, longer, and stronger.