By: Larry Studt, M.D., Occupational Health & Medicine Program, Sacred Heart and St. Joseph Hospitals
I took the plunge and began training for the upcoming Eau Claire marathon on May 5th. This is only my second marathon, and I'm excited to get back in the marathon groove. (Although part of me is asking incredulously, "You did what?!")
I may not be a marathon expert, but I do know you need to train both physically and mentally for the big day. It can seem overwhelming to think about the miles of pavement you'll be pounding, so it's good to approach your training on a day-by-day basis. Don't think about the final mile total; just stay in the moment and concentrate on your goal for today. Doing so will give you a great sense of personal achievement and accomplishment.
Here are some training tips I've found helpful. Of course, it's important to check with your healthcare provider before starting any new form of exercise.
Running is a great way to get into shape, relieve stress, and improve your health. If running a marathon isn't your goal, try some short runs to start. Once you feel the energy and invigoration that comes from a good run, you just may catch that marathon fever!