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Marathon training doesn't always go as planned

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August 26, 2022 6:00 AM

No one said it would be easy…but no one said it would be this hard.

It’s a classic Coldplay line that my wife, Alison, and I often sing to each other during tough times (usually when one of our kids is having a tantrum).

But the lyrics also apply to marathon training.

It’s come to a point where we realize that injury and illness can have a serious impact on Chicago’s future.

In my house, stepping on Lego is an occupational hazard. Although painful, the chances of serious injury are low.

But while I’m grateful that my dad helped take care of us during the summer holidays, it’s okay not to drop a can of custard near my leg like he did earlier this week. I did (yes, mother, I know) I should have worn slippers…).

My chocolate Labrador Max isn’t always on his feet due to his age, but he seems to be more inclined to step on my feet.

I am now in a training phase where mileage is high and long runs are important.

Luckily, I now have my body in a position where I can run very long distances and see what I can do at the Chicago Marathon on October 9th.

Regular readers of this column will know that I have been prone to injuries in the past.

Now that I can run regularly, I don’t want to give the impression that everything is great. Away from running, you have to work hard to keep your body ready for longer runs.

It’s not easy, but I’ve become a regular at four runs a week. Want to run more? Of course, but I’m not going to risk it at this stage of my training.

After the Chicago Marathon, we may be able to play around with it in a different training build.

I had just finished a long weekend of running, and my knees were especially sore when I stopped.

I’m an anxious person when it comes to running, so I was worried this might be a problem, so Neil told me to pay extra attention.

He helped me get things moving, gave me an extra day of recovery, and emphasized how important it is not to get too hung up on your plan.

But the absolute game changer is having an ice bath after a long run. It was discovered for the first time, and I felt better the next day.

Allison, who rarely takes advice from me, began giving advice after experiencing knee discomfort and is now a convert.

It may not work for everyone, but if you’re feeling sore or sore after running, it might be worth considering.

However, if you experience recurring pain that gets worse with each run, it’s always a good idea to see a professional.

I put on 20 miles last weekend and it gave me confidence. But I’ve listened to enough football managers in my work to never go too high or too low, whatever the outcome.

If you’re training for a marathon, don’t be afraid to adapt and change your plans. We need to get that starting line in the best shape possible.

If that means changing things and letting go of your ideal preparation, so be it.

what trainer?

Thanks for all the comments on how much I struggled with my shoe choices last week. …I really don’t know what to do (other than probably not trying any more shoes from now until now) marathon).