How to Prepare for a Marathon

Competing in a marathon is an incredibly rewarding experience, and some athletes pursue lofty goals like this throughout their lives. Unfortunately, injury is common while preparing for and competing in a marathon, but you can protect yourself with a few simple steps. Sports medicine professionals suggest the following tips.

Footwear

The foundation of marathon training is to wear the correct footwear. Your shoes should be designed specifically for running plus should be fitted to your running style and gait. Footwear should fit well and provide ample support to your feet and ankles. No uncomfortable pressure points should exist between your foot and your shoe. While all new shoes have a break-in period, you should never be in severe pain.

Building Up Sports_Medicine

Most people who have been in athletics for a while know the need for conditioning your body, and not biting off more than you can chew. Building up your distance over time and working on your muscle strength and stamina in manageable pieces is an important tactic. For someone who hasn’t competed or only runs casually, trying to run 26 miles your first time out is going to be dangerous as well as demotivating when you begin to struggle or fail.

Dedication and Rest

When training for a marathon, it is important to stick to a regular schedule of workouts and training. You must also allow your body a chance to heal and recover from the damage your workouts cause, by scheduling in a rest day regularly. Talk to your sports medicine professional about the best combination of hard work and rest.

Stretching

Before and after every training session or workout, be sure to stretch and warm up thoroughly. Doing this helps your muscles lengthen and prepare for what you are about to put them through, plus minimizes the chance of injury due to cold, contracted muscles. Incorporate yoga to further lengthen and strengthen your muscles.

Ready, set, GO! Running a marathon can be one of the best experiences of your entire life. Take the time to prepare properly so you don’t sideline yourself for future challenges.

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