Training for and running a long road race takes dedication and recently I began this endeavor. The training period I chose was 12 weeks to get my endurance up to 13.1 miles. Throughout the process there were a number of challenges that made my training less than optimal but, in the end, I was ready enough.
The first thing when you begin something like this is the time it takes to train. Going on long runs requires time, which means sometimes you are running at odd times or your family is sacrificing their time for you to do your run. I had several night runs outside in cold weather or long runs on the treadmill. The next thing to worry about is the health of your feet. Shoes are of utmost importance when running a long race and remember all running shoes have a mileage limit, like a tire, and once you have hit that, usually around 400 miles, the shoe no longer gives you the support needed. I also use custom orthotics in my running shoes for more support because I have high arches and need the support. With all that support I still had to deal with blisters and calluses throughout the 12 weeks of training.
If you are thinking about running a long race make the right preparations for success. Find a good training plan so you know you can run that far. Research shoes and find the right one for you, which will depend on your foot type. Be ready for blisters because you will get them!
If you are already a runner or are thinking about starting it’s good idea to get a foot/ankle checkup. Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000. We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!
Mark Tenny, DPM
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