The spring is a common time for marathons, but training smart makes a big difference to how you fare in the lead-up, during and after.
And Tyrone Kon, a leading physiotherapist at London’s Boost Physio, has put together some tips for successful training, what to do, and more important what not to do when you’re training for a marathon.
“Your shoes – before you do anything else make sure you have a good pair of light weight trainers that are well fitted and provide any stability that may be required. A bad pair of trainers can lead to blisters, knee pain and conditions like plantar fasciitis. You should have run at least 10K in a pair of trainers before the big event. Under no circumstances should you ever wear new trainers for the actual marathon,” he said.
“Get a check-up and a tune up – ask a specialist physiotherapist to carry out a biomechanical assessment to pinpoint any issues that need tweaking.”
Be sure to stretch as this is an important part to your training schedule for injury prevention and dynamic stretching is advised pre-run and a mixture of dynamic and static stretching is advised post run. Use a foam roller and don’t ramp up training too soon; a quick and high jump in mileage can lead to calf strains and cartilage issues in the knee.