Yesterday the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “Who Quits Before Race Day.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204394804577009862755909108.html?KEYWORDS=marathon+quits
In this article, the author notes that many running injuries are caused by excessive training mileage, and that a marathon can often be completed on fewer miles than many people assume. This is especially true of the taper period immediately preceding the race, the author notes, when runners should be cutting back their mileage and giving their bodies time to heal all the little aches they’ve accumulated, and rest up for the big day.
So far, so good. But what about filling the gaps that are found in most running programs? It isn’t until the second to last paragraph of the article that the author notes that a runner “Sens[ed] that high-mileage running in the absence of other exercises left him vulnerable, [and the athlete] says that in the future he will spend more time in the gym strengthening the muscles in his shoulders, back, and buttocks.” As the readers of my book Smart Marathon Training know, that should have been the lead story!
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