Sunday 16th October saw me volunteering in the post race massage tent after the inaugural Manchester Half Marathon. It was great fun and a real eye opener to see athletes in various states of disrepair and hypothermia! Finishing time gave no indication as to the condition of the runner post race as the dreadful weather subjected the runners to cold, rain & wind in equal measures.
Three solid hours of massage without a break really tested my thumbs & was a great indicator as to which runners regularly stretched & had warmed up properly beforehand. With winter fast approaching & these conditions likely to become "the norm" very soon make sure stretching & warm up are a regular part of your routine...otherwise your sports massage may really hurt when I get into those knots!