Running a Marathon? How to Ensure You’ll Make it to the Finish Line

The origin of the modern marathon can be traced back to Ancient Greece. After the Athenians declared victory against the Spartans at the battle of Marathon, a man named Philippides was sent to Athens with the news. Philippides ran 22 miles to the city. When the first Olympic Games were being organised in 1896, the organisers wanted to include a new event that recalled to mind the glory of Greece, so they took the legend and created the modern marathon.

If you’re training to run a marathon of your own, there are a few things you’re going to need to do to ensure you make it all the way to the finish line. Our bodies aren’t built to run for this kind of distance, so you need to get fighting fit and ready for the challenge.

Training is especially important as you get older, and if you don’t regularly run long-distance. We often see injured clients in the clinic who think they can just go from their desk job to the race track and be okay.

Here are the three major areas you should focus on during your marathon training:

1. Activation

As well as building up your stamina for running with cardio, you’ll need to activate your body to last for the full marathon with core work and strength training.

If you eliminate 1-2 running sessions per week and replace them with strength training and core work, you’ll find your body much more able to endure the distance and strain of the race. We can help you put together a customised strength and cardio training program that will get you over the finish line in one piece.

2. Flexibility

When you run a marathon, you put a lot of pressure on your joints. Opening up those joints by improving your flexibility helps your body to better cope with the strain. Flexibility work will also help to stretch out tight, aching muscles and prevent injury.

3. Practitioner

Get a great team on side to help you. This might include a personal trainer, a physiotherapist, a nutritionist, a training buddy, or a massage therapist. It’s vital that you take a holistic approach to your training and look at all the different areas of your fitness and health. Looking after your body with correct technique, variation, massage and physio will help prevent injury and reduce tension in your body.

At The Corrective Clinic, we see a lot of marathon runners, and we know the difference between completing the race or not comes down to adequate training and preparing your body. We can help you create a solid, structured training plan, incorporating all the different experts you need to ensure you make it over the finish line in one piece.

Book your appointment at The Corrective Clinic today!