Marathon Training Tips: An Ounce of Prevention


From Jeffrey Spratt, MT

I've been working with endurance athletes now for over 15 years. I often get asked, "Why should I come see you? I feel fine!" I hope that everyone does feel fine during their marathon training but I also know that marathon training puts an extra load of stress on the body, mind and soul on top of the regular stressful demands that come with everyday living. There's often not enough time for rest and recovery which increases the risk for injury. Even a once a month ShakeOutTM Massage will help with recovery and address and resolve any potential areas at risk for injury if you feel fine. It's a wonderful time and place to get a tune up much like you take in your car for regular maintenance and the cost is only $2 per minute. You remain clothed on the table and no product is used. It's highly effective, efficient and economical.


Just as you train your body to run 26.2 miles,  you need to train your body to receive massage therapy and get to know how your body responds to the treatment. I have one client who told me that he couldn't have an appointment late in the evening because his body got energized, creative juices flowed and he couldn't get to sleep. Once you know how your body responds to massage therapy, you and your therapist can figure out the best times for pre and post event massage therapy sessions.


We field a lot of calls from runners, especially first time marathoners, who feel very anxious as they countdown the days to their first marathon.


As you add on your miles you may start noticing some nagging aches and pains. This is the time we want to get you on the massage table for treatment. Stretching on the massage table as well as in your post recovery run routine becomes vital to helping you run long, strong and healthy. You have also been running out in the elements which can increase the risk for injury. Calf tightness can be responsible for pain in the Achilles as well as the distal and lateral IT Band. Plantar fascitis is very common at this point in your training. You may also be noticing discomfort in your Piriformis which lies deep in the gluteus and is responsible for the rotation of your hips. Tightness in the hamstrings can cause lower back pain. When one of our new clients called for help with an injury he said "I know what you're going to tell me, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I sure found that out the hard way." Let's take care of those nagging aches and pains before they result in an injury. Massage therapy will bring relief as well as help you with your recovery and prevent injury.


Remember regular sports massage therapy sessions using the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy is a fantastic training tool to help you run your best race.

  •         Decrease your recovery time
  •         Increase your performance
  •         Prevent injuries
  •         Regular flushing and stretching helps you to recover and prepare with greater ease


We are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about what's happening in your body as you add miles, will provide you with recommendations for self care and look forward to partnering with you on the road 26.2 miles.



To your journey!