When considering additional things that can assist with your training and running performance, massage is often at the top of the list. Many runners who incorporate massage into their training tend to feel that it helps them, despite the lack of consistent scientific evidence about the exact benefits of massage (although research doesn’t quite mimic the real life scenarios of when and how massage is used). As a result, most of what is shared about the benefits of massage as it relates to running performance stems from anecdotal evidence.
Being both a runner and massage therapist, I have seen the physical and mental benefits of massage with my own running. I also have some suggestions regarding the timing of massage, how to find a good massage therapist and some alternatives to massage that might be helpful to your running.