There are just over two weeks to go until your first London Marathon. It is often the time when a novice runner can jeopardise the months of hard work and sacrifice they have made for the big event. Don’t let this be you.
Here is a quick guide to make sure you keep your feet on the ground (pardon the pun), during these final days.
Runner’s foot injuries are all too common. That’s because the feet are subjected to enormous cumulative forces during a run.
Take, for example, those of you that are currently training for the London Marathon. Depending on how fast you run, you will take anywhere between 1,000 and 2,300 steps per mile. On the marathon day alone, you may take up to 60,000 steps.
You exert roughly three times your body weight with every step you take running. That can add up to hundreds or even thousands of tons of force acting on the foot.
So, first things first, if you haven’t yet invested in a high-quality pair of running shoes, it is time to do so.
But what else do you need to look out for? Let’s take a deeper look.
Having the right equipment for the London Marathon can be a great help.
Of course, nothing can replace putting in the hard yards in training. But you need to look after your body as best you can in the weeks leading up to the run. And there are certain bits of equipment that will help with that.
In our last blog, we outlined some of the basic equipment you will need for this year’s Marathon. Specifically, we spoke of the importance of good quality footwear and the right sort of clothing.
But there are other items that might help too. We look at some equipment that might come in useful for preventing injuries.
If you are running your first London Marathon, then congratulations! Not only have you made it through the ballot, or successfully secured a charity place, but by now, you should have your base miles behind you.
If for any reason you haven’t got into your running yet, it is time to re-assess your goal. By all means, take part, but unless you are a very experienced runner, it is very late in the day to get the necessary conditioning to complete the run and stay healthy and injury free.
Hopefully, though your preparations are well underway, and you have many long and easy miles under your belt. If so, you’ll probably be feeling a mix of anticipation and apprehension, in the knowledge that with a little over 13 weeks to go, there is a still a lot of work to be done.
So to help you on your way with your first Marathon, here are a couple of useful tips to help you avoid any pitfalls in the coming months.
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