The Chicago Marathon was held this month; thousands of runners from all over the country went to windy city to participate! For people who don’t run marathons it is crazy to think about running that many miles at once, how can the body handle that? And how can the body handle all the training required to compete in one of these races?!

Your body has a hard time dealing with the amount of stress that running a marathon puts on it; a lot of athletes leave races with stress fractures, shin splints or a multitude of other injuries. Some athletes unfortunately don’t even make it to the race due to injuries in the grueling training required to compete in a race like this.

So what can you do to prepare safely? One of the biggest things is to rest! Don’t run every day! Your body needs a break sometimes, injuries occur when the body is tired and you continue to push it. Another tip is to vary your run length, don’t make each run an extremely long distance, change it up from time to time. Also do other activities that aren’t running! Lifting weights will strengthen your muscles in ways running can’t, and will make them more capable to handle the stress of running. Also changing up your type of cardio, maybe do something like zumba! It’s fun and will still give you the good workout you need!

If you are preparing for a marathon or a race of any length and feel that your feet and legs may not be handling the training, then don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ today.  Your feet will be well taken care of!

By Varun Gujral