It is always advisable to get advice from a doctor before embarking on marathon training. You can get a health screen before you start your training and medical help should you get injured.
Before you start training
Training for a marathon can put a huge strain on your body. Marathon training can involve running over 20 miles a week and can put a lot of stress on your joints as well as your heart. Before you start training, it is advisable to get medical advice from your doctor. Getting health advice will give you confidence in your running and will provide you with insight into your general health too.
A private health screening will give you a full report on your health and assess your suitability for running a marathon. In a health screening, a private doctor will carry out tests to assess your health risks. Tests include measuring your susceptibility to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and liver disease. The assessment may also include a lifestyle assessment and consideration of your height, weight and BMI. You can also discuss your suitability for marathon running.
Factors you may like to talk about with your private doctor are body suitability and fitness requirements. Your doctor will be able to advise on health risks commonly associated with marathon running and whether these risks apply to you.
Training for a marathon is tough and injuries often occur. Common injuries that can happen during marathon training include sprains, strains and blisters. The training is also very tiring and time consuming. If you do get injured, your doctor is well placed to offer advice, as well as access to x-rays and treatment, should you need it.
For a sensible approach to training there are lots of training plans and advice available online. By following a training plan you are less likely to get injured and you will build up your stamina to give you a good chance of completing the marathon.
Your diet and fluid intake is also an important factor during marathon training and the race day. Carbohydrates are vital in providing your body with the fuel for training and the 26.2 miles. There is plenty of advice online about nutrition for marathon running and your doctor may be able to advise you.
It may also be interesting to ask your doctor to test your blood pressure and heart rate during training to see what effect the exercise is having on your health.
Marathon day and afterwards
If you need medical assistance on the race day, organized marathons usually have plenty of medical help available. It’s important to allow your body time to recover after the race but if you have sprains or strains that won’t go away, then you may want to visit your doctor afterwards too. Your doctor will be able to advice on whether you need further treatment and whether you should take a break from running.
Health advice before, during and after marathon training is important. It will allow you to enjoy your training and give you a greater chance of success in completing a marathon. If you are raising money for charity these factors could be vital in ensuring that you achieve your goal.