Running long distances places a large stress on your body. A gentle massage focusing on the running muscles and targeting specific problem areas will speed up your post-race recovery especially if the massage is completed before the body cools down. Ideally, this should be followed by another massage session 48 hours after the run. It is advisable to avoid intense treatments for a week to 10 days following a big race.
Always consult with your sports massage therapist when you are planning a big race and they can assist you by formulating a treatment plan which is best for you.