This is the last of our three posts on running; our first two covered choosing the right shoe and having a gait analysis done by a PT.

I know that I will never run a marathon, but I am amazed by the number and scope of friends that have chosen to do so. Pretty much the only thing they all have in common is that they trained for months leading up to the race, even if they barely ran before. Confession: I love that my client let me keep my How I Met Your Mother reference to the episode where Barney decided to run the marathon cold turkey. If only I could have found a clip of the part where he couldn’t get off of the subway because his legs had collapsed — that’s what happens when you don’t train properly.

How to train safely for a marathon

with advice from Heidi Beasley, PT
and Lori Francoeur, PT, MSPT, CSCS

As the fall marathon season approaches, with major races scheduled for Chicago on October 13 and New York on November 3, Physiquality will be publishing three consecutive posts on running and marathons. Our previous posts focused on choosing the right running shoe and getting more out of running with gait analysis by a physical therapist.

Running a marathon has become a common goal for even casual runners. Aside from giving runners a goal to work toward (and giving them a reason to continually train), it has become a sign of a Serious Runner, one who can complete the challenge of such a long-distance race. And while some people think training isn’t that important, most trainers agree that it takes months of steady preparation to ready your body for such a rigorous run.

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