Where are you with your training for Marathon season?

Have you hit 14-15 miles? Have you tackled sprints on shorter distances and hills on longer ones? Although technically, you only need to get to 18 miles of training, it would certainly be wise if it’s your first marathon, to have done a few runs past the 20 mile mark. As appalling as that sounds.

Remember that for the big marathons, like London, you may not hit your training pace for a few miles due to congestion. It’s an unpredictable beast, marathons.

So advice:

Don’t fall behind in the training
If you have injuries, get them looked at by a reasonable and sporty bunch of physiotherapists (!).
Don’t panic if you have injuries or are behind schedule – you’ll do better on the day. Definitely.
Interval running (run-walk-run) is still a valid tool to gain mileage for training including when you are injured. (It works for army populations)
If things are bad and you are not managing any runs, keep up the cardiovascular fitness in the pool or gym,. You never know – injuries can get better fast!
If you are below 10 miles in your training at this stage, it is not hopeless but you need to get your skates on (not literally obviously).

We’ll chat about tapering, back pain, hydration and tight calves as we get closer to April 23rd.

Keep up the good work!

ProPhysiotherapy Running Injury team.

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