How to prepare for a marathon without hurting yourself

Spring and summer bring marathon season with them, and it's an exciting time, even you've never run one before. From Arizona to Massachusetts and in between, states across the country are hosting different events this year. Getting ready to run a marathon takes real practice, and it's not just how much you train but what you do. It's vital not to push yourself too hard.

While there are many ways to prepare, here are three areas to focus on to try and get in shape for the big day itself.

Pacing
You can alternate your training to get good at both sprinting and steady running. You'll likely need to switch between different speeds in the race itself, so learn how to do this without throwing yourself off. Pacing also factors into other important decisions, such as the type of marathon you're participating in to begin with. If you've never done this before, you may want to choose a relatively smooth route that's feasible rather than an impossibly long one.

"You may want to choose a relatively smooth route that's feasible rather than an impossibly long one."

Eating
Athletes are sometimes known for hefty diets, but what you eat may depend on your background and how you plan to be pounding the pavement. The traditional advice is to "carbo-load" on starches to give you something to draw from during the race.

However, there are different ideas on this topic out there, and varying strategies you can try. A good plan is to think far ahead. You can change your diet a few days before the marathon, as Runner's World suggested, to try and get into the right gear.

Keeping the right form 
Finally, there's the issue of general posture. You'll want to have healthy strides, steady movement and a good foot position as you run, as well as a strong, upright back. Your legs may be doing most of the work but running affects your whole body.

Contact Bronston Chiropractic to learn more.