Run This Town: Preparing for the NYC Marathon


Everyone has a bucket list, just ask Morgan Freeman. If you’re like me, your bucket list includes such tasks as climbing Mount Everest, having a metro card that is unlimited for life, a perfect credit score of 810 and running the NYC marathon.

Let’s face it, by far the easiest thing to accomplish on this list is running the NYCmarathon. Let’s consider the realities of the other options. Mount Everest? Who can afford to take three plus weeks off from work? The unlimited for life metro card? With the MTA’s budget, it won’t be approved in my lifetime. And the perfect score of 810? In these economic times, it’s an impossible dream.

The Marathon has been running strong for 40 years and we want you to run just as strong. In order to obtain your goal of successfully completing the New York City marathon, you must be completely determined to put yourself through extensive but attainable training. Your training checklist should include:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Endurance
  • Recovery
  • Injury Prevention/Treament

Before we begin breaking down each item on your training checklist, MaxWell Medical’s very own avid runners Nicholas Hall (Chiropractor), Ron Nathanson (Chiropractor) and Christopher Lee (Director of Physical Therapy) would like to share some helpful tips to get those long runs started:

  • During the beginning of your training, we recommend you do not schedule long runs. This may cause you to burn out quickly.
  • You must allow your body to rest and recover. Your training schedule should include a recovery period.
  • We recommend that your longest run comes at least a month before you attempt the marathon. Do not exceed 23 miles.
  • Avoid running the exact distance of the marathon (26.2 miles). Your efforts and determination should be saved for the race.
  • Don’t be afraid to slow down and get the necessary fluids you need during your long runs. It will not affect you for the actual marathon.
  • Long runs can be more convenient and fun when you’re running with a group opposed to running alone.
  • Find a group of runners that trains at the same pace as you. Group runs can become competitive and turn into an all out race and you must avoid that because it’s the quickest way to get injured.

We hope that these tips can help you prepare for the marathon and if you need any additional information to help you get started, then check out Runner’s World.

So, are you ready to Run Longer?