One professor suggests running a couple half marathons before the big race.
It’s a fact that marathons are more popular than ever. According to statistics from Running USA, nearly 500,000 people took part in U.S. marathons last year. But what keeps people from trying the 26.2-mile distance?
Some would argue that the inevitable aches and pains associated with running so long is what scares most people away from the race. However, Reed Farber, director of the Running Injury Clinic and an assistant professor in the faculties of Kinesiology and Nursing at the University of Calgary, says its incorrect training preparation, not the actual distance that leads to most injuries.
Reed notes that “good biomechanics are a runner’s best friend.” And that runners need “just the right combination of strength, flexibility and postural alignment.”
Taking that advice to heart, he suggests that runners work backwards from the marathon race day and “increase the length of your weekly long run by five to eight per cent a week.” And especially important is to run a few half marathons before the actual marathon. “You have to do your homework before you take the test,” he cautions.
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