Niggles, they are the bain of every runners life! We all get them, some come and then go away again fairly quickly and some hang around for a bit longer. But what should you do about them and how do you know when is the time to seek help?
If you are lucky enough to have got into the London Marathon 2018 then you need to plan your training regime in advance and gradually build up the mileage to prevent any injuries from occurring. For many runners starting out, too much too soon can be the cause of an overuse injury which could result in you having to have longer time away from the sport if you don’t treat it properly and rest.
In order to prepare for a marathon as a first timer, you need to start your training at least 16 weeks before the marathon and gradually increase the miles and time on your feet. When I trained for my first London Marathon, I started training in January and ran approximately 3 times a week with a long run at the weekend – thats not a lot compared to some. You don’t necessarily have to run miles upon miles every day, as long as you have a good base level of fitness already and are consistent with your running, little and often works too, just try to get that weekly long run in. But if you miss a week thats ok.
The infographic below shows the most common running injuries that can occur. If you would like help with a tailored marathon training plan or with injury advice or general massage maintenance to help keep your muscles in tip top condition please contact me.