Are you fit to compete?It’s important to train properly for your run otherwise you will be at risk of injury. Here are some tips that will help ensure you enjoy your training and event day safely.Before you start any training programme, make sure you’re healthy enough to run. Talk to your doctor if you have a long-term health condition that may affect your ability to exercise, such as:
Before the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon
During the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon
After the ASICS Greater Manchester MarathonMost runners don’t drink enough during an event and need to rehydrate afterwards, so take on some fluid on as soon as you can after crossing the finish line. There will be water in your goody bag and available close to the finish line. Although you may feel like celebrating, make sure you’re fully hydrated with water before you have that celebratory drink!
The week before your run
The morning of your run at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon
After the race
Don’t run an event if you feel unwell or have been ill recently. Running may put you at risk of serious illness if you have a fever, have been vomiting with severe diarrhoea or chest pains, or otherwise feel unwell. Don’t try to run just because you have raised money for a charity – you will be able to run other events in the future and your donations will still be going to a great cause.Not sure?
If you're unsure whether or not you should run due to illness or injury we strongly recommend seeking medical advice from your GP or physio.
Recovering Post Run
You trained, you ran, you conquered! Once you've crossed the finish line it's important you take note of a couple of things to aid your recovery.Keep moving
It's really easy to stop moving completely when you cross the finish line. It helps your body recover if you keep moving slightly to stop you from stiffening up. If you've got enough energy left, try jogging a little on the spot or round the block to bring your heart rate down.
Arrange a meeting point
Check out your finisher bag snacks and refuel appropriately and according to the distance you've just run. It's normal to feel slightly nauseous and dizzy once you finish. Have a small bite to eat and take sips of isotonic fluid or water when you can to aid recovery.
Collect your stuff