Maybe you've been running marathons for awhile. Maybe you're just starting out or are thinking about starting. No matter which category you fall into, there is one important thing that may sometimes get overlooked when training yourself for these kind of events...your feet! Without keeping them in great condition, you can't run marathons. Here are a few tips for keeping your feet in marathon-ready shape!
-Start out slow! Stretch your feet and stay hydrated to avoid muscle cramping.
-Wear proper running shoes! This is one of the most important things you can do for your feet. At the end of the day your feet will thank you.
-Pay attention to the kind of surface you are running on. Different types of surfaces can impact your running and even cause injury to your feet. For example, asphalt can injure the joints of your ankle, while running on soft sand increases your risk for injuries to your Achilles tendon. The best surfaces are those that are smooth and absorb the most shock.
-Increase your training regimen by 10% per week. This is the best way to let your body and feet gradually work up to the level of running you are trying to achieve.
-If you feel like you've injured your foot in any way, stop running for the day and contact your podiatrist. Treating injuries early is the fastest way to get you back to your marathon training.