Spring 2017 is when marathon season kicks off. April is a month when a great number of races take place - Brighton, London, Manchester, Boston and Blackpool to name but a few!
This guide is here to help any first time marathon runner who honestly has no idea of how to begin tackling the distance. We want to equip you with the key tools you need to get to that start line not only injury-free but ready to successfully complete your first ever 26.2 mile race.
So you're running a marathon! Once you’ve recovered from the shock the first thing you need to identify is what you are going to run it in, beginning with the footwear. For over 16 years Profeet have been fitting shoes for runners of all sizes, abilities and distances. We know exactly how a shoe should ideally fit. Therefore, when embarking on a training programme where around 500-600miles will be covered you need to make sure you have the right kit.
Get a Professional Running Analysis
Getting a professional analysis is an essential part of your marathon journey. This is not the time to be choosing you shoe based on the colour or the look. You need this shoe to perform and support you exactly. A running analysis will indicate your running style and stance which in turn will inform shoe choice.
What happens during a running assessment at Profeet?
Choose the Right Shoes
Shoe sizing: Shoe brands vary in size so as a rule of thumb, make sure you have a 'thumb's width' of room at the end of your shoes when standing. This will help reduce the chance of toenails turning black, a common hazard of long distance running. Shoe brands do vary in size, some people prefer their shoes smaller or even larger - everyone is different, but if you’re unsure, a thumbs distance is the best place to start.
Stability vs Support and knowing the difference: There is a notion that because people are running distance, they are going to need the most supportive shoes. This is correct to an extent, but every foot is different - not every foot over-pronates. For example, some people are neutral therefore, from an injury perspective, it would be silly if not slightly dangerous to put them in a strong supportive shoe. We need a shoe to support the foot’s specific movements, but not necessarily get that support from a stable shoe. This again highlights the need for correct fitting of your footwear.
Insoles or orthotics have been widely used to treat numerous injuries for years. Increasingly, custom insoles and orthotics have become standard equipment for athletes at all levels. Profeet is the best place to start.
Insoles are also a great tool for injury prevention. Many injuries occur from uneven pressure distribution through the foot. By providing contact and extra ‘proprioception’ through an insole, we can ensure even distribution of force.
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