One of my favorite things about massage is that I get to be out and about. Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be able to provide pre and post race massage at the Humana 5K in Hollywood Beach (#startwithhealthy). Humana teamed up with the Rock N Roll Marathon Series to provide a free series of “tune up runs” to preempt the half and full Rock N Roll Marathons in cities around the country. This was one of the smaller races I have provided massage services, but it was full of great energy. There were many first time runners there, and several young runners too. As one of two massage therapists at this event, we were there at 6:00am to set up (yes, this required me to get up at 4:30am, I was sleepy, but that’s why the Universe made coffee), and we were massaging from 6:30am until the race started, then had about a 20 minute break until the first runners started coming in, then we worked on those sweaty legs until 10:30am!
The post race concert provided by Hit The Slide played great rock and roll. I got caught singing and grooving to a little cover of Billy Joel (sometimes a girl just can’t help herself). I really wish they had a live feed posted – everyone really enjoyed them. Humana also had exercise bands, rollers, and other equipment to help runners work out the kinks post race. Beverages and healthy snacks were free. It was a good turn out and I’m looking forward to next year’s event.
This is the third year I’ve worked the Best Buddies Challenge bike ride in Miami. This is the third in a series of three bike rides across the country. This 62-mile ride starts and ends at Marlin’s Park. Massage was provided post-race in the locker rooms. No, I’ve never been allowed to run the bases, but hanging out in the locker rooms is pretty cool (even if they are no baseball players there). There are abut a dozen therapists at this race, so lots of opportunity to loosen up those muscles!
The new year brings more events including the annual Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon on Sunday, February 19, 2017. I’m excited to be part of the team assembled by Rx Massage Therapy for Pre Race / Expo Massages (Saturday, February 18) and Post Race Massage. If you will be racing and are interested in kinesiology taping you are welcome to contact Rx Massage Therapy.
Race on my friends!