The brisk chill in the air could not keep the 40,000 runners away from this weekend’s annual ING NYC Marathon. The participants, ranging from 18 up to 80 years old, ran in hopes of winning the grand cash prize and others to simply cross the finish line achieving a life-long goal. The ING NYC Marathon is renown world wide and pulls in people from all over. Whether participating or cheering on these resilient individuals, the marathon can be truly inspiring. Check out some of these inspiring marathon stories!
Although the 26.2 mile run can be an extremely difficult challenge, it is not impossible. With perserverance one can begin training now to gradually build up their endurance in order to meet the qualifications to become a participant in next year’s big race.
Thinking about training for NYC Marathon 2011? Here are some tips to get you going:
- First and foremost, make sure you check out what you need to do in order to register and qualify for the race. Check out the NYRR for application instructions.
- Small changes in your daily diet, such as incorporating complex carbohydrates, lean protein and raw fruits and vegetables gives you the energy to complete long endurance runs. Here are some great tips on how to create a diet plan that will help achieve your running goals.
- Begin your physical training at least 16 weeks before you plan on running the marathon to ensure your body is properly prepared for running the distance. Before any run and upon completion, stretching is of the utmost importance for your muscles. Wearing running shoes that fits your foot and body position are equally important. Go over to Jack Rabbit where they’ll actually watch your running stride to help determine the perfect sneaker for you.
- Start slowly; begin with a shorter distance and build up to longer runs while working on your strides.
- MarathonPal.com lists some amazing advice on how to create your own personal program for training for a marathon. Also, check out Runners World for some great tips about training too.
Battling the marathon may be daunting to some but knowing that you have achieved a goal that you have worked hard for is not only rewarding but could also inspire others! Good luck and see you pounding pavement!
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:
- 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?