The South Downs Marathon is this weekend. Thousands will be running, competing, having fun and raising money for charity all at the same time.
Whether you are an athlete, pro-runner or amateur there are some simple rules to stick by to prevent injury and pain after running all that way. The South Downs Marathon is notoriously tough, so here’s our tips to help you overcome from the challenge!
1. Water – If it’s hot outside, you’ll need to drink more than usual, which is a challenge when you’re trying to run as well. Please focus on hydration both pre- and post-race (being well hydrated will mean you recover more quickly too!) Don’t overlook the electrolytes you’ve lost through sweating. Rather than buy expensive, sugary energy drinks, simply add a few mmol of sodium (salt) or suitable electrolyte powde to your water. Tastes gross but does the trick!
2. Don’t forget to eat. It might be the last thing on your mind after you’ve just run a hefty race but it’s important to rep
lenish your body with lost nutrients and electrolytes after expending so much e
- Replenishing stores of glycogen (what gives you your energy!) in the muscles and liver
- Protein helps aid muscle repair
- Restores fluid and electrolytes lost in sweat
- Supporting the immune system in removing the lactic acid that can build up after strenuous activit
3. Kinesiotape is not only helpful when you’re out running to help support your joints and muscles, but it may also aid recovery from injuries by improving blood and lymphatic flow around the injured areas.
If you are reeling from any form of exercise this weekend and are in need of some assistance please contact the clinic on 01243 379693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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