Grandma's Marathon Countdown: Tips for Training

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Grandma's Marathon Countdown: Tips for Training

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It's time to strap on those running shoes with just three months to train before Grandma's Marathon kicks off.

But before you hit the pavement, here's some tips on how to get the most out of your training without getting hurt.

Dr. Daniel Wallerstein, of St. Luke’s Physical Medicine and Rehab Associates is a 20 time Grandma's veteran and has some advice for those hoping to cross the finish line in June.

“The important thing is not trying to go too fast and too far too soon,” say Dr. Wallerstein. “There are certainly times, especially early on, when it’s cold, and making yourself go out for a run is hard, but having a buddy system with someone of a similar body type and pace helps for training.”

He points to helpful online marathon training tools such as that produced by Grandma’s Marathon, which detail down to the day where runners should be in terms of preparation.

Dr. Wallerstein, who has also run marathons in the Twin Cities, Phoenix, Honolulu and Los Angeles, says that investing in the right clothing can make the difference in motivation on those colder days, while listening to music or podcasts can also help.

“I download podcasts all the time and listen to documentaries to learn about the sciences and finance,” he said. “When else can you have an hour of uninterrupted time?”

A couple of Dr. Wallerstein’s other tips for marathon training include:
• Doing good warm-ups to include hamstring, Achilles and calf stretches.
• Alternating the side of the road on which you run (when safe) – the camber of the road varies depending on the side you run, so will impact your legs differently.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns