Becoming Boston Strong: How to Become a Marathon Runner

Many people saw the inspiring photos, stories and video footage of Monday’s Boston Marathon one year after devastating explosions at the finish line that shook the nation. After watching survivors and others finish the race this week, some may be inspired to lace up their sneakers and start training. 

Before trying to tackle a 26-mile run, here are some tips from physical therapist Jessica Finley, DPT, of STARS (Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services) Manhasset, part of the North Shore-LIJ Rehabilitation Network, about training for a race.

• Gradually build up your endurance and running.
• Listen to your body; take breaks or modify your workout when needed.
• Get the proper nutrition, including fruits, vegetables and protein.
• Stay properly hydrated.

“It starts with the motivation to run,” Ms. Finley, who is training for the New York City marathon, said.

“To train for the marathon, it’s a big task to take on.” 

She says to start slowly and vary training techniques. 

“You don’t want to do too much too soon. You need to start with a strong foundation in terms of strength training, core strengthening before you start to increase the distances or intensity.”

Before starting any new exercise regimen, consult your physician. And be sure to incorporate stretching into your workout to help prevent injury.


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