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London Marathon Training – How to prevent injuries

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The sensible approach to your London Marathon training

London Marathon Training can feel like a chore at times. And in attempt to clock up the miles, it is tempting to plough on regardless.

But injuries for runners are often a little like credit card bills for the irresponsible shopper. If you ignore the early warning signs, the long-term costs are far greater.

In the same way that a prudent investor must plan to take care of their assets, a runner must have a plan to look after their number one asset, their body.

Your training plan needs to factor in stretching, warm-ups and cooldowns, strength work and much more besides.

So, let’s take a closer look at things you can do to help prevent injuries.

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Runner’s foot injuries – and how best to deal with them

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Out on your feet

Runner’s foot injuries are all too common. That’s because the feet are subjected to enormous cumulative forces during a run.

Take, for example, those of you that are currently training for the London Marathon. Depending on how fast you run, you will take anywhere between 1,000 and 2,300 steps per mile.  On the marathon day alone, you may take up to 60,000 steps.

You exert roughly three times your body weight with every step you take running. That can add up to hundreds or even thousands of tons of force acting on the foot.

So, first things first, if you haven’t yet invested in a high-quality pair of running shoes, it is time to do so.

But what else do you need to look out for? Let’s take a deeper look.

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Runner’s Foot Injuries

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London Marathon Equipment – Gaining a vital edge

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Preparing for the London Marathon

Having the right equipment for the London Marathon can be a great help.

Of course, nothing can replace putting in the hard yards in training. But you need to look after your body as best you can in the weeks leading up to the run. And there are certain bits of equipment that will help with that.

In our last blog, we outlined some of the basic equipment you will need for this year’s Marathon. Specifically, we spoke of the importance of good quality footwear and the right sort of clothing.

But there are other items that might help too. We look at some equipment that might come in useful for preventing injuries.

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First London Marathon – planning ahead for the big event

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The London Marathon Experience

The thought of running your first London Marathon can be an exciting yet daunting prospect.

Every year, more and more people get swept up by Marathon fever. It really is an inspiring, and often emotional event.

So you have harnessed those emotions, taken the plunge and managed to secure your place for 2019.

And suddenly there are less than 6 months to go before the big day!

And if you are a first-time runner, now is the time to start planning ahead.

But here are a few things you should consider before you dive into heavy training.


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Deciding to run a marathon

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Marathon inspiration

Running a marathon, should you do it? It’s the end of April, and the London Marathon is over for another year.

There are certainly highs and lows most years, and 2016 is no different.

On the plus side, the incredible amounts raised for charity, the stories of personal triumph; and the one millionth finisher.

Unfortunately, this year, David Seath (a Captain in the army), collapsed and died. It’s a stark reminder of just how challenging a marathon can be.

So if you have been caught up in the well-spring of emotion, and are trying to decide whether or not to run your first marathon, here are some pros and cons to weigh up.


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Running a marathon


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The Beginner’s London Marathon

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London Marathon – Your first marathon

If you are running your first London Marathon, then congratulations! Not only have you made it through the ballot, or successfully secured a charity place, but by now, you should have your base miles behind you.

If for any reason you haven’t got into your running yet, it is time to re-assess your goal. By all means, take part, but unless you are a very experienced runner, it is very late in the day to get the necessary conditioning to complete the run and stay healthy and injury free.

Hopefully, though your preparations are well underway, and you have many long and easy miles under your belt. If so, you’ll probably be feeling a mix of anticipation and apprehension, in the knowledge that with a little over 13 weeks to go, there is a still a lot of work to be done.

So to help you on your way with your first Marathon, here are a couple of useful tips to help you avoid any pitfalls in the coming months.


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Why massage should be a part of your London Marathon training

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Massage and your London Marathon training

The results of the London Marathon ballot are being distributed at the time of writing this blog.

Congratulations to those of you who have been successful in your quest for a guaranteed place. For those that you that haven’t, it’s time to consider the charity option.

Either way, if you are still serious about running London Marathon 2016, it’s time to get serious about your training and preparation.

And if it’s your first marathon, you might be thinking how will I ever be able to run the 26.2 miles.

Well, one thing is for sure, it helps if you are injury free.

How well you recover is as important as how hard you train. So let’s look at the role of massage and see how it can help you in your quest.


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London Marathon Massage


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London Marathon Tips – One week to go

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London Marathon Tips: 

With only one week to go until the big event, these are some of the crucial tips you will need to ensure your first London Marathon is a success.

During the weeks and months building up to the London Marathon your focus has likely been mainly on the physical side of training. At this stage, it is worth preparing for the fact that the day itself will be a psychological and emotional, as well as, a physical challenge.


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A long way down the road

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London Marathon 2015 – Final preparations

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London Marathon 2015: Two weeks and counting. 

There are just over two weeks to go until your first London Marathon.  It is often the time when a novice runner can jeopardise the months of hard work and sacrifice they have made for the big event. Don’t let this be you.

Here is a quick guide to make sure you keep your feet on the ground (pardon the pun), during these final days.



London Marathon 2015 – Only 2 weeks to go

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