Marathon Health

Marathon Diet - eating to achieve marathon fitness

It is important to have good marathon health regime. A good diet and efforts to avoid and cope with injury will greatly assist training efforts.

Having and maintaining a good 'marathon diet' is important for any marathon runner. Eating properly will allow the body to perform at its peak condition.

Drinking beer, eating chips and snacking on crisps and chocolate are examples of foods we all enjoy. Unfortunately they can also slow the efforts of any runner, hindering training, resulting in poorer times than expected and, on occasion, unfinished races. To train for months and have a disappointing end to a marathon is devastating. A healthy marathon diet will help avoid upset.

1. Marathon Food - Carbohydrate, Proteins and Fat
Make sure you eat the right amount and types of food. For many this will mean eating less fat and more carbohydrates.

2. Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
Vitamins, minerals and other supplements will complement your diet and help prevent and cure injuries.

3. Fluid Intake
Water is an obvious requirement when running. But what about alcohol during times of training or high energy and caffeine drinks?

Marathon Injuries - avoiding and coping

Avoiding injury and properley treating injuries when they happen will greatly assist efforts to reach the finish line and achieve a good time.

Most runners suffer injury at one time or other. Sore knees, strained ankles, torn muscles and shin splints are a few examples of the injuries that marathon runners endure.

1. Athlete's Foot
So-called becuase it affects many runners. Athelete's foot is scaly, dry skin on the bottom of your foot.

2. Sprained Ankle
A common athletic injury, affecting approximately 25,000 people in the USA every year.

3. Shin Splints
Medically referred to as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints is an inflammation of the lower leg bone, also known as the tibia or shin.

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