Marathon Training Myths Busted

Training for a marathon requires a great deal of motivation, determination, and persistence. There are many sports medicine tips and tricks for helping you during training and during the race itself. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common myths about marathon training.

MYTH: No Pain, No Gain
Pain is your body’s way of signaling to your brain that something is not right. It could simply be caused by something that is easy to remedy, like tired or fatigued muscles that just need a break. However, pain during training could also be a sign of a more serious orthopedic overuse injuryRunner’s knee and other stress injuries in athletes can result in loss of function if you push through the pain, so you definitely won’t gain anything by stressing the area further.

MYTH: Don’t Go a Day Without Running
There is such a thing as overtraining and running every day can certainly lead to it. It can also cause burnout and injury. Most runners take at least one day off every week from training to let their body heal and recover. If you feel that you are still getting burnt out, it may be best to take two days off per week. Every runner and every body is different. Listen to what your body is trying to tell you, and adjust appropriately. There are times when the heart and lungs tell you one thing, but your knees and feet might start telling you another!

MYTH: Strength Training Is Not Important
Strengthening your legs and core is crucial to helping you be a better and more efficient runner.  The stronger and more well rounded of an athlete you are, the less likelihood for injury. Make sure to switch up your strength training routines regularly so that you don’t plateau, as well as to avoid repetitive motion injury.

MYTH: Being Flexible Will Help You Run Faster
While being flexible is great, it will not make you a better runner. Your body needs to be stable in order to make it through a marathon without injuries. Focus on your stability and not necessarily flexibility. Try incorporating BOSU® balls into your workouts, as they are a great way to increase your stability and strength.

Lastly, if during your training you are ever injured or suspect that you are injured, please call Tarpon Orthopedics at 9725961059 or request an appointment online with one of our amazing sports medicine doctors. Our orthopedic practice serving the Plano, Addison, and surrounding areas is devoted to helping Texas families, weekend warriors, and athletes with the best possible joint care available. We’re here to help you stay strong and keep moving!

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