Marathon Monday in Boston might be all about the race itself (Patriots’ Day is a state holiday, after all). But the day doesn’t have to be done once you wind your way from suburban Hopkinton all the way into Back Bay and cross the finish line.
Boston’s best workout studios, favorite fitness shops, juice bars, and spas are opening their doors (many of which—don’t worry—are located close to Boylston) to runners to help you jumpstart the recovery process before going home or back to the hotel.
Some of the below deals are discounted rates on top-notch R&R services; others are free access to fuel, foam rollers, and more. Or, get a luxe massage just steps from the race’s final stretch. Insider tip: Keep your bib and medal on you—you might need them to earn your perks.
Iconic running brand Tracksmith’s Newbury Street Trackhouse is already part shop, part sport lounge and community hub for runners where races are often live-streamed. Post-Boston, runners who make their way one street over from the finish line will find two pairs of NormaTec recovery boots, foam rollers, and stretch mats all up for grabs.
Show your medal, and you can even have your finish time printed on a free commemorative poster (while you wait in Normatecs). Or, if you can, Wellness in Motion Boston just opened a new location upstairs.
Location: 285 Newbury Street, between Hereford and Gloucester
How to sign up: RSVP here
On your way back to your hotel (especially if you’re staying in Back Bay) stop in at Peloton’s recently-opened showroom in the Pru where—don’t worry—you won’t have to spin.
On Marathon Monday, the space will be transformed into a special recovery zone, where runners can unwind post-long run (think: fuel, massages, and group stretching sessions).
Location: The Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street
How to sign up: Just show up with your bib.
Wellness in Motion Boston
Ian Nurse is an elite runner himself and a top chiropractor to much of Boston’s running community. His practice Wellness in Motion Boston—which started as a chiropractic office and now offers everything from acupuncture and massage to nutritional counseling—has three different Boston locations, one of which sits right on the course on Beacon Street in Brookline’s Washington Square neighborhood.
Stop by any of the spots for free Normatec use and discounted massages starting April 16 through April 22 ($80 for an hour, compared to $95).
Locations: 1620 Beacon Street in Brookline; 45 School Street; upstairs at Tracksmith
Cost: Free Normatec use; $80 for 60-minute massages.
How to sign up: Show up for Normatec use or call 857-305-3392 to book your massage. Mention this article and bring your bib for the discount.
Best Recovery Tools
With assisted stretching, infrared saunas, and Normatec boots, Bdy Squad is a recovery hub any day of the week, but book your services now to save big time: Up until April 15, the studio is offering two stretches and two detoxes (either infrared sauna or NormaTec boots) for $129 (normally a $200 value). “We recommend one session before the marathon and one after,” says Amy Swift Crosby, one of the studio’s co-founders.
Location: 349 Newbury Street, between Mass Ave and Hereford
How to sign up: Use the MindBody app to book or call the studio at 617-904-7414.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston
Massachusetts’ only Forbes five-star spa just so happens to sit on the marathon course—and all month, they’re offering an 80-minute ‘Runners Revive’ massage that’ll mix traditional hands-on massage (buh-bye, lactic acid), body buffing exfoliation, and a de-stressing muscle gel made with rosemary, black pepper, lavender, and ginger.
Book your appointment on Monday through Thursday after the race and you’ll get some extra gel to take home with you so you can repeat before bed.
Location: 776 Boylston Street at Fairfield Street
Cost: $220 Monday through Thursday; $250 Friday to Sunday
How to sign up: Call the spa at 617-535-8820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re looking for some much-needed hydration postrace, stop into one of Juice Press’ many citywide locations. They’re offering a bottle of either RECOVER Maple Water or SPORT beverage free to any runners who show their medal the day of or the day after the marathon.
Location: Various locations around the city, including Equinox Dartmouth and 500 Boylston Street.
How to sign up: Just show your medal at checkout.
For those who need a structured stretch, Everybody Fights has a fix: a post-marathon twist on their traditional FLOW, which will be a mix of poses, stretches, mobility training, and foam rolling, free using a discount code.
“We know that recovery is the key to being able to do what you love for as long as possible—whether that be pounding the pavement or a heavy bag,” says founder George Foreman III. They’re also offering a special two-week, post-marathon recovery program in their Training Camp App, which guides people through recovery classes alongside rest and light jog and cycle days.
Location: One at 15 Channel Center, another at One Federal Street.
Cost: Runner’s World readers will get three free FLOW classes. After that, classes are $30 a pop.
How to sign up: Use the promotion code RUNNERSWORLD at checkout.
G20 Spa + Salon
Throughout the entire month of April, runners can book a post-race Swedish, deep tissue, or sports massage at this Back Bay spa not far from the finish for 20 percent off (so long as you book on a weekday).
Full-priced services also include reflexology, access to a salt cave (yes, please), and a flotation pod.
Location: 33 Exeter Street
Cost: Varies depending on service.
How to sign up: Show your marathon registration or official runner’s number at check out to receive the discount and book by calling 617-262-2220 or by visiting g2ospasalon.com.