Are you getting ready for the London Marathon?

2013 London MarathonIt is now Marathon season with many runners within a few weeks of facing the challenge of 26 miles. No matter whether your target is just completing or breaking through the 3 1/2 hour barrier the management of pain and dysfunction at this point is critical.

In the last few weeks before a marathon there is a natural taper of miles to ensure that you will reach the start line fresh and ready to meet the challenge. If you are carrying an injury from the miles of training you have done over the last 3 or 4 months it has to be asked whether pushing the training as per the schedule in the last 3 weeks is actually going to achieve a better outcome on the finish line? Running through the pain is rarely a good idea, and it is worth considering a modified taper zone if you are carrying an injury. Whilst it is critical to keep moving it is very difficult to see how you actually get fitter or stronger in the last few weeks before the marathon, and therefore the idea of maintenance of this fitness while protecting the injury is highly attractive.

Why not consider replacing a run with a cycle  or gym session, or if you are worried about not having enough time on your feet a long walk at a brisk pace may be an adequate replacement.

At the end of the day you were doing this for pleasure, even though you may be raising a lot of money for charity whilst doing so. It should be a day you remember with good memories rather than dragging yourself around in a lot of pain. If this is your fear please consider changing your training for the next few weeks.

I will be happy to answer questions regarding this if anybody is concerned about their training schedule over the next few weeks.  You can add a comment to this blog or email me on

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