Whether you are a seasoned marathon runner, or attempting your first half marathon, everyone has questions about the best way to prepare for a race. Past experience of running and training can teach you a lot, but there is so much more that you can control during your training to have a strong finish for your event.
I am Christine Scarano, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. Growing up, I have always been a competitor, but when it came to running, I considered “distance running” as anything over 5 miles. I can proudly say that my racing resume includes two marathons, Sprint and Olympic distance Triathlons, and a Tough Mudder, among other types of events. Historically, much of my training and personal injuries, gave me my perspective on how to adjust my training. However, with my background in physical therapy, my clinical experience has taught me just how important it is to have an active part in not only training correctly for your “goal race,” but making sure that you have set your mind on the right race for your body at the right time.
The old adage of “No Pain, No Gain” is not the best advice to cling to. Athletes typically know there are “good pains” and “bad pains.” Part of training is learning how to have the determination to push through the envelope of what is uncomfortable in order to reach new levels of performance. But there are some types of pain that are important for you to respect, because it is your body’s way of protecting itself. Not heeding those warnings leads to time away from training, and in some cases long-term issues.
This blog is a forum for you to share your concerns and questions as well as your successes. We will offer clinically based information to help you throughout your training, and look forward to being a part of your achievements.
Christine M. Scarano PT, DPT, CKTP
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner