2. I've always kind of poo-poo'd the idea of getting a regular massage - mostly because I'm usually in and out of PT so often that I don't need anything extra. But before yesterday, it had been almost six weeks since anyone had smashed my bits. I've started to consider the idea of getting a massage done, maybe monthly or even bi-weekly if I can afford it, going forward into IM training. I've collected a handful of recommendations of people who will pound the living crap out of me, and I'm hoping that starting in March this can fit in the budget. I'm curious to hear from you guys - do you get regular massages as part of your training? Where in the cycle do you get a massage and what magic does it do for you?
3. All of that said, it's confession time. For the past two months, I've done a really crappy job of stretching, sticking, icing, foam rolling, or really doing anything except fluttering my eyelashes at the poet and asking him to rub the knots out of my back. I KNOW. For some reason I decided that I would just wear compression socks all the time and eat more spinach and that was all I needed. Sadly, this is very obviously not the case (see items #1 and #2), so I'll be trying to make friends with my foam roller on a daily basis instead of just chasing Molly around with it (she barks her brains out, it's hilarious). I know most people say to just do it at night while you watch TV, but I don't ever watch TV and I pretty much go straight from the dinner table to bed. I know you're jealous of my incredibly exciting life. I also probably need to finally invest in a decent desk chair since I've been working from home for almost three years yet am still sitting on an old kitchen chair that I inherited from my uncle in 2002, which can't be helping my cranky sacrum at all. But does anyone honestly ever remember to foam roll every day? I'm going to try and roll, stick, and do some light stretching at least once a day. We'll see what happens, I'll probably either pull a muscle or poke my eye out with the stick and that, dear blog friends, will be the end of that.