Your training has begun and all is going well so far, but have you factored in your recovery and body maintenance to prevent injury?

We usually don’t prepare for injury prevention as well as the event itself with detrimental effects including; pain and injury, altered training, time out from training, tougher event or deferring event, which all want to be avoided.

Marathon training is quite unlike any other event with increases in mileage on a weekly basis challenging both your body and mind. Many of us are entering this type of training with little to no experience of how it will affect us.

We all have our own personal limits some of which we know but some of us may be new to this training situation. Many of us have reached and surpassed the body’s limit once feeling pain, and then we response to it..do we? Or let the niggle fester…

The best way to train for a marathon is to factor in some recovery sessions as this is vital for the body to repair and grow stronger. This way you may sail past your limits nursing the body through adaptations improving your strength and endurance along the way.

Your training programme may include 3-5 runs per week, so in order to cope with increasing demands you should have at least 2 x30 minute recovery sessions to help the body repair and recover. Recovery is more than a few quick stretches after a run. You should spend at least 30 minutes on recovery after tough training sessions and this may include a cool down, stretching and mobility.

ASSISTED STRETCHING will help you recover tired muscles as you will be able to focus on your breathing and relax, taking your focus off your muscles allowing us to help repair and restore your body. We can help you programme your stretching sessions around your running programme to get you ready for your next session or event.

It is best to start planning recovery as soon as you start your training programme to prevent reaching your limit and experiencing pain and injury.

For more advice and to discuss our marathon packages chat to one of our Flexperts at Flexology.

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