Auckland Marathon 2010 & Bodyneed Ponsonby

Sunday 11 July 2010, 10:11PM
By Bodyneed Ponsonby - Auckland Physio and Massage Specialists

The Auckland Marathon is only 16 weeks away
Many people are starting to realise that it's called a 'marathon' for a reason.....long hard work.
Staying focussed on the goal and working towards that finishing line is of the utmost importance.

For the past eight years Bodyneed Ponsonby has been providing sports massage for many of the competitors.
This year is no different, however now that Bodyneed have physiotherapy too they are able to help the marathoners more than ever! Everything under one roof.

 'Past years have taught us to be ready for both physical and emotional ups and downs!' Says Karen Finlayson director of Bodyneed.  'The demands of training for something like a marathon are huge - both personally and for family too - we have been helping clients through this journey for years and we never cease to be in absolute awe of their achievements!'

Drawing on the many years of experience and knowlege at Bodyneed here is their list of marathon training must haves:

1. A personalised training programme - written just for you, takes into consideration your current level and your specific goals
2. Good running shoes - most marathon runners will go through one pair every 6 months - if yours are already old be prepared to get some more as required
3. A fortnightly sports massage - then weekly in the 6 weeks leading up to the event - this is your best way to prevent injury, speed recovery and jump on any possible issues before they start.
4. If you do need physiotherapy use the best - a sports physio who treats with longer appointments, 30 minutes to 1 hour will get you better results, faster. Try Bodyneed
5. Core Strength training is absolute - the number one casue of injury in runners is through lack of core strength and stability - look for well trained personal trainers or Physiotherapists who use Pilates as the basis for rehabilitation - make sure they have worked with runners before.
6. Follow a plan for your nutrition - getting your food and water intake right through training and the event can make or break your sucess.
7. Buddy up with fellow runners - it'll make it easier to get through the ups and downs

Good luck to everyone training for the event this year - with careful planning you will enjoy yourself.