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Injury Prevention When Training for a Half Marathon

Running a half marathon requires doing thorough training. Elite runners run over 200Kms per week when preparing for a race. A hobby run will need to run at least 75-100 Kms per week to be able to able to finish in a descent time.  Although running many Kilometres in training is good, it also increases the likely hood of  suffering a running injury.

Simple precautions to prevent injuries when training for a half marathon

Don’t be too enthusiastic

This is common with new runners. Starting to train for a first half marathon can be very exciting. When new runners start to feel the improvements in their performance from one run to the next, and begin to see significant improvements when they look in the mirror, it is really easy to get carried away with enthusiasm and train too hard. Unfortunately that can often lead to a highly demotivating injury, which always occurs at the most inconvenient time.

Listen to Your Body When Training

The first important thing for all runners to do is to listen to their body. Often nagging aches and pains are a warning that we’re pushing too hard. Most injuries give a warning before becoming serious. That is the time to stop, have a few days off running, then start back very gently, being wary of any further warnings. It may be frustrating to have a few days without running, but that is much better than having an enforced month off. And even while you are off running you can still do some cross training or other exercises so the time is never wasted.

Strength Training Exercises to Prevent Injuries

Next runners need to do extra work on various parts of the body. It is very tempting to think that running provides all of the exercise that we need. In reality, most of us need to work on increasing core strength and leg strength. Both help to ensure that our muscles are strong enough for the things we are asking them to do, and they help to improve running posture and movements, reducing the stress placed on joints. Running five days a week may sound great, but sometimes it’s better to run three days, and do some serious muscle building on the other two.

Go Easy on Long Runs

As distance increases, speed should decrease. Trying to run as fast as possible every time you get your running shoes on is only ever going to end badly. It’s fine to do some speed work every week, but that really should only be a small percentage of the total distance run. Even elite runners only do a tiny amount of fast work – use long runs just for increasing endurance. That is the way to long term success.

Get Faster by running less

Finally, sometimes less is more. And with running, it is better to workout often but not too hard, than to end up visiting the physiotherapist. Above all, listen to your body – if it hurts, stop before it breaks!

Find out more about training for a half marathon at www.erunningweightloss.com/halfmarathontraining

Protein Requirement For Runners.

The importance of protein for runners is, protein helps in injury prevention. Protein is crucial to muscle recovery after a run.

During running a alot of body tissues experience small tears. A diet rich in protein helps in repairing muscle damage.

Research also has shown when protein is taken atleast one hour after work out it diminishes the effects of cortisol—the so-called “stress” hormone that breaks down muscle.

Amount of protein runners should eat

To gain the full benefits of protein’s power, most sports dieticians and nutritionists recommend eating protein within 30 minutes of finishing a run that’s when your muscles are the most receptive to a helping hand.

The amount of protein to eat should be based on your sex, weight and age. Running Times magazine has a formula on how to calculate your Protein requirement based on your weight.Read it at Running Times Nutrition

Best Core Exercise For Runners

The best way to ensure you remain injury free is to combine your regular running with some targeted core exercise.

The core exercises will strengthen your abs, back and pelvis for better banlance and stability.

This idea of working on core exercise came to me while reading an interview of a 56 year old runner, Reno Stirrat who just finished 2010 Boston full marathon in 2.40s. This Dude has been running sub-three hours marathon since 1970s.

To be able to run that fast over the years you need to work hard on your fitness to ensure you remain injury free.

When Reno was asked his injury prevention secret, core exercises, especialy for the hips. he answered.

He was kind enough to describe his exercise routine,

For the upper body I do pull ups, push ups, dips, running arm motion with 10 lb. dumbbells and curls. For the legs I do one-legged squats with 15 lb. dumbbells and lunges with 15 lbs. I also do one leg hip exercises with a band for the hips. Sit ups, plank, side plank and reverse plank are what I do for core . I do this 2 to 3 days a week.

Do some of this core exercise/strength training exercise and you will becomen a better runner. You will train harder, run faster and run injury free.

Read Reno interview at runners world

Visit Reno coaching website distance running tips

Healthy Weekly Mileage : How Much To Run Per Week?

Every amateur runner is ever seeking the answer to how many miles he should run per week. The answer to that question depend a lot on sex, age, years of training and a runners tolerance to pain.

The best answer I found was from a physical therapist and biomechanist Irene Davis, Ph.D., from the University of Delaware’s Running Injury Clinic. This was her take on the question when asked in a runners world article.10 laws of injury prevention.

“Your threshold could be at 10 miles a week, or 100, but once you exceed it, you get injured.” Various studies have identified injury-thresholds at 11, 25, and 40 miles per week.

To know how many miles you should run per week, just clock the miles and the level at which you start experiencing injury, thats your level. Your threshold is waiting for you to discover it!

Self Massage Technique : Self Massage Video : Self Massage Demonstration

Prevention is better than cure! My parents and teachers always said that.

One injury prevention method for runners is Massage. Remembering to massage your feet, massaging lower & upper leg, massaging the calf and massaging the quads can help prevent running Injuries.

If you cant afford a Professional massage or have no time for a date with massage pro, you can also do your own self massage.

The following video demonstrates how to do a self massage. You will learn how to massage away muscle pain and soreness from your legs and feet. You will learn Self massage techniques that will prevent injuries and have your feet screaming with pleasure or at least feeling better fast.

Lets roll!