The first post in our series of blogs about running marathons and preparing for a lifetime of sustainable and enjoyable long distance running.
There will probably come a time, if it hasn’t happened already, when you will consider running a marathon. If you’ve made it this far to the VIVOBAREFOOT blog then you’ve probably considered doing it in barefoot shoes.
Before you start your training and even before you sign up to a 26.2 mile race there’s probably several questions you’ll have before you believe you can actually run the distance and run it in barefoot shoes.
The ups and downs
Marathon running is popular and more and more people are running marathons than ever before. In the USA number of marathon finishers has increased by 47% in the past 12 years. Yet still around 80% of runners get injured every year, why is this acceptable and why is it occurring?
It’s no mean feat
Running a marathon is not easy, it’s a brutal distance that exposes the runner to the harsh reality of their fitness and technique. Attempting one with inadequate strength or technique and you’ll rely solely on brute force and pain mitigation.
However, it is possible to finish, and a high percentage of starters reach the finish line, and this is often down to two factors. Firstly, the human body is a very adaptable organism and humans can be very determined creatures. Secondly, by dampening your senses, by wearing cushioned footwear, to such an extent that you cannot feel the effects of the 42km distance. This will enable you to achieve you goal and get yourself across the finish line on the day but is equally very likely going to have knock on effects later on and possibly cause long-term injury.
Long lasting success
But what if you could reduce or even eradicate these risks and finish the marathon in one sustainable piece? Well guess what, you can.
If you have any comments or questions please post them below.
Disclosure: I finished the 2013 Brighton Marathon, injury free, in under 4 hours. I ran it in my VIVOBAREFOOT Ones and enjoyed (almost) every minute of it.