Our podiatrist Pete Chambers is running in the 40th anniversary London Marathon in April 2020. He’s run the event before and was in the medics tent last year tending to those who had completed the 26.2 miles. He’ll be regularly providing more detailed advice on these themes over the coming months.
Whether you have never donned a pair of trainers before or are a seasoned marathoner, running is a fabulous way of boosting your mental and physical health and aid weight loss. Over the next few months, I’ll share tips including what to do to get the most from your training and what you should be doing to avoid injury.
Here’s five to get started:
1: How to start
Our bodies take time to adapt to the new loads placed upon them when we run. Begin with short distances, every other day. This will allow your body to recover, whilst allowing you to gradually increase the distance. Run-walk sessions are a great way to allow the soft tissues to adapt and build up your endurance.
2: Avoid too much too soon
Doing too much too soon is a recipe for injury. Take a days rest if you are aching – your body will thank you for it. Avoid running on sore muscles or joints. Any pain that is getting worse, needs to be properly assessed by a podiatrist to avoid a long-term injury.
3: Invest in some proper running shoes
Try on a range of different running shoes. Central Podiatry can help guide you on what type of training shoe would be most appropriate for you depending on the way you move and your anatomy. But above all, comfort is the most important aspect to consider when buying.
4: Are you Fit to Run?
It pays dividends to incorporate some strength training into your week to help you run faster, stronger, burn more fat and avoid injury. A very simple test: stand on one leg. Can you hold a strong and stable position for 30 seconds? This test replicates what you do in running. If you can’t complete this test then you need to practice.
5: Come and see us!
We are experts in the lower limb. We can assess your biomechanics (the way you move), advise you on footwear, give you strengthening exercises and deal with painful callus and nails conditions that can impact on your running enjoyment!