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Want to be as prepared as possible before you hear
ready…set…go!? Here are some tips from Cristina
Abuhazi of specialty running store 11 Runners.
At 11 Runners, we offer everything would-be marathoners need
to have a successful race day, from top brands such as Brooks and
Mizuno to free tread tests to make sure each athlete is matched
perfectly with the right equipment. But being prepared for a
marathon means more than just great equipment. First, you need
to keep a log and write down your daily mileage, run times, race
distance and how you feel immediately after each practice. You
should also increase weekly mileage by 10%. This gradual increase
reduces the risk of injury. Include a “cut-back” week every 3 rd or 4 th
week of training by reducing your mileage and using it as an easy
week. It’s also important to always alternate a hard day with an
easy day or a day off, with at least one day a week completely off
for rest and recovery. Moreover, consider adding strength training
to your routine twice a week consisting of activities like weight
training, pilates or yoga. Finally, always listen to your body. If you’re
tired, rest. If a workout feels hard, it probably is.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cristina Abuhazi is an avid runner & an owner at 11 Runners. Follow
her on Twitter @ 11Runners or on Facebook @ ElevenRunners; 1055
SE 1 st Ave., Miami; 305.358.0400; 11Runners.com.
38 Natural Man
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