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Posts tagged marathon training
Enough's Enough!

By Greg Laraia, ATC

Let’s be honest, nobody trains like NYC runners. We push the hardest, we work the longest, and we do the most. But what we’re not the best at is recovery. Burnout is real! So how do we push ourselves without overdoing it?


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Run, Eat, Work, Sleep, Repeat

If this schedule sounds familiar, you’re most likely training for an upcoming race. Whether it’s a 10K or full marathon, your running schedule is probably dictating your life. Some weeks go smoothly and others can be a challenge. Between work, your social life, training, and getting enough food and sleep, how do we find the balance? Everyone maintains their life balance in different ways. If you’re anything like me, you rely on lists, meal prep, and a training schedule to guide you through each week. And while every week definitely hasn’t been perfect (I’m always learning), here’s how I’ve been balancing it all out.

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Don't Ignore the Niggle!

This is the time in our training cycles that little niggles and weird pains start cropping up. Maybe shin splints are setting in, or your left hamstring is deeeefinitely feeling different than your right.

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What to Learn on a Training Run!

Did you run this morning? Why? Did you run with a group? Did you listen to music? Did you start your watch or check your pace? These are some questions you may want to ask yourself when you are discovering what your real goals are. Every run should have a purpose, even if it is just to relax and enjoy yourself! Here are some suggestions for a more purposeful run:

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Stand Up and Stretch

The back and the hips have always had a complicated relationship, especially for runners in NYC. We sit all day, making our hamstrings stiff and angry. Because the hamstrings are so tight, when you run the pelvis rotates forward to help increase your hip extension, which makes your hip flexors tighter, which rotates your pelvis more...

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All Systems GO!

In February, it became official: I was running the TCS NYC Marathon! As a physical therapist working in a running-based clinic I figured I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the training. The miles, time commitment, nutrition; I was ready for it all, right? I quickly found out that it was much more work than I expected.

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Marathons Make Me Sick!

Congratulations! You ran the marathon! Once you’ve worn your medal to work and the celebrations have died down, it’s time to assess what went well, what didn’t, and how to make it better or the next training cycle.

As you’re recovering from the marathon, don’t neglect to rebuild your immune system. Take this time to get your body back to 100% before you get back out there. A recent study looked at the effects of marathon training on neutrophils and your immune system. Neutrophils areresponsible for attacking the surface of bacteria in the body.

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Post-marathon Blues??

Post Marathon Blues? Completely Normal! Let us help you work through it.

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Gutsy Performance

“Should I go before the warm up or after…or maybe before and after?”  If you have ever run a road race, you know one of the most daunting tasks on race day is standing in line for the porta-potty.  It’s in every runner’s pre-race routine though because running on an upset stomach is no fun!  Sometimes despite your best effort however, the stomach bug will find you during an intense workout or race.  An email questionnaire was sent to over 2,000 runners following a marathon event in the Netherlands.  Of the 1,281 runners who responded, 45% complained of at least one GI symptom during the event. Why is that?

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Tart Cherry Juice

You’ve just completed your hill repeats. The workout went great, confidence is at an all time high, and you can’t wait to crush the next one. However, the next day you wake up and you’re stiff as a board. Your quads ache, your calves scream; you’re wondering what you did to deserve this torment.

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Recover with your Favorite Childhood Drink!

Post-run nutrition is essential, but the choice of a recovery drink can be overwhelming. From water to Gatorade to Pedialyte, each liquid has its benefits and varies in popularity within the running community. Most runners have their favorites, but if you're still looking check this out: chocolate milk has made the recovery drink list! This may sound a little strange at first, but it’s basically a liquid carbohydrate.

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Stressed out Kidneys!

Not many people realize that running actually involves all of your organs, not just your muscles!

For one organ to function correctly, it needs the other organs to work correctly.Kidneys are responsible for filtering waste out of your blood.

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