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Tapering For Marathon Runners

Tapering For Marathon Runners

15Oct

It’s only a matter of days to go before the Dublin City Marathon and at this stage all the long runs should have been completed. If you’ve missed one or two of your longer runs, it can feel tempting to try and squeeze in an extra long run before the big day. But it’s very important to resist this urge and prepare properly for the marathon.

Tapering for marathon runners is a very important part of preparation. This means reducing the frequency and intensity of training in the last few weeks before a big event.  This may seem counter-intuitive but recovery from training is as important as the training itself. Tapering allows the body to recuperate from the intense training of the last few months and reduces the risk of injury in the last days of training.

We often find that runners can come to the clinic in the last few weeks of training, with knee pain or foot pain as a result of over-training. Correct tapering, combined with manual therapy and exercise can often alleviate these niggles. Runners often worry that newly developed fitness will be lost by reducing training but this is not the case. Studies have shown that correct tapering actually improves performance on race day. So make sure to take full advantage of these last few weeks and reduce your training to help improve your performance on  marathon day.

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