Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, Islington, London

Final Stages of Marathon Training - Physio Top-Tips

Physio Francois-Xavier, who is a runner himself gives his top tips for the last 4 weeks before the big day

For those of you who are training for the London marathon you are now just under 4 weeks before the race. To complete your marathon training program, you have to gradually increase your mileage and unfortunately the number of injuries and problems we see now tends to increase as well.

Potentials injuries related to your training

Several factors can lead to injury – biomechanics, running technique, footwear, type of training, weakness, previous injury history.

What kind of injuries could you have during your training especially after you have increased the mileage and the amount of interval training sessions? The list is long but the most common ones are:

The main point to remember here is that during your training, if you start having a niggle or injury it is worth getting it assessed as soon as possible by your physiotherapist to help avoid bigger issues before the race. 

Ignoring a pain is not recommended when you are training for a marathon!

Variety and keeping motivated

Self-management before the race

Finally, be sure the week before the big day you mostly rest with just 2 very light jogs - training too hard just before the race could be a mistake, it is better to arrive fresh on the starting line.

Good training and have fun!

For further information on any of these tips please get in touch. Francois-Xavier is available in the Angel clinic Monday to Friday and at our Highbury Satellite clinic on Thursday afternoon.

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