March is the perfect time for marathon season – the weather is not too hot and not too cold. Though the season is just starting, marathon participants have been training for months on end. The day of the marathon is the culmination of determination and many hours of hard work.
Even though marathon running is a non-contact sport, it can be a strain on our bodies. The repeated impact of our shoes on the pavement can cause knee pain or ankle strain. Here are some things you can do to combat these common marathon injuries:
- Stretch before and after working out (you may even want to stretch, warm up, then stretch some more before diving into training)
- If you’ve experienced knee pain, consider wearing knee braces for running. The knee absorbs much of the shock of our feet hitting the pavement. A knee brace can help alleviate some of this pressure on the structures of the knee.
- If your ankles are prone to injury, wear ankle braces for added stability. This may help you avoid ankle rollover injuries, especially during a misplaced step or running over uneven pavement.
- Check your shoes and ensure that they’re the proper fit and not worn out.
- Make sure you train before the marathon… don’t just jump in cold turkey!
Marathon running is an incredible accomplishment. Just make sure to stay safe and healthy while you’re out there!