As a PT in Sydney I have had to deal with all sorts of people and their biomechanical issues
Personaly I have found marathon participants to be one of the hardest group of athletes to deal with.
It has been said that is easier to get someone to give up heroin than it is to get a runner to stop running
My opinion may offend runners, but hey you cant and should not attempt to please all the people all the time.
I have found some people and typically it could be females, deal with their weight management by perticipating in running regularly. Then to give some kind of qualification to their choice they begin participating in “races”..
Pretty bad choice , as there are a lot more intelligent ways and training methods that can achieve weight management while delivering an athletically balanced body as opposed to delivering the limited benefits runners achieve.
Sure you get fit ( although very limited fitness) . Basically all you can do is run relatively slowly for an extended period of time. You end up with disfunctional glutes (and probably no butt) overly tight hip flexors and a strong left ventrical on your heart.
Personally i would say a better option is to have a proper nutrition and weight based exercise program in place if weight management is your goal. Learn to do some kettlebell snatches and turkish getups….
But it does take a lot of focus and discipline to make good food choices 90% of the time. It can be hard sometimes. I guess that is why a lot of people (a lot of the time women looking to stay thin) get into long bouts of cardio and tri athlons etc. it is easier to run for 2 hours than to stay focused nutritionally for 16 aye?
Great way to never learn how to manage your nutrition while simulataneously contributing to your over use injury fund.
If you use running as part of your overall general fitness base for a specific activity or sport, I would not recommend running for more than 40 minutes – try and increase the distance you run in the 40 minutes as opposed to increasing time. Do it maybe 1-2 times a week. Try mixing up 400s, 800s, 1600s and longer runs
Any way if you must train for a half or full marathon, here are some tips… If you would like to train in kettlebells and learn how to build and efficient metabolic package then use the form to contact me.
If it is the first time you are planning to run a half marathon, try to run a few races before the actual competition, in order to increase your skills and self-assurance. These races will provide experience as well as help you understand how this type of races works. You should also keep in mind a couple of tips that might make the difference between a champion and a loser.
Train regularly Just because you used to be good in sports during high school, you cannot assume you are able to enter and easily win such a race. Running the distance of the half marathon is an entirely different thing. Most amateurs cannot run a half marathon effectively without a prior training. Reaching an optimal physical shape is important. You should establish regular training sessions to keep your body active. This way your body’s endurance will increase and you will be ready for the actual marathon. Gradually increase training difficulty A half marathon requires that you should easily be capable to run approximately 13 miles. Therefore, your weekly training program should begin with a distance that you feel comfortable with and slowly increase the difficulty as your endurance improves. Concentrating alternatively on speed and distance will certainly help improve your running skills. A balanced diet is fundamental While physically preparing for the half marathon, you should also keep your diet under control. Make sure your diet is balanced. A healthy diet should contain fruits, vegetables and proteins. Do not forget to drink lots of water, in order to avoid dehydration. Keep your body stretched and well hydrated Although it might sound elementary, before running a half marathon it is imperative to maintain your body stretched in order to avoid getting hurt. Hydration all the way through training period and during the actual competition is important. Increase the amount of liquids you drink, thus replacing the fluids that were lost through workout. Take a break before the big event Before the race, it is best not to run for about two days. This way, you offer your body the opportunity to relax and accumulate energy. Make sure you get enough sleep. The day the event takes place, it is best to get up very early.
If you choose to train intelligently, victory will definitely be yours. Following the advice presented above is the first step you can take towards successfully running a half marathon.
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