I will be providing physiotherapy cover at the London Marathon 2013. It was such an atmosphere last year and I am hope for more of that buzz again this year. If you started training in October last year, you would already or about to have achieved running a half marathon distance, and have run for an hour if you are a novice.
If you are training to do a marathon this year, remember to do some proprioception work (balance) and strength work for the legs and your middle (otherwise known as your core). You can use your own body resistance, like calf raises and squats amongst others. This simple practice could minimise chances of injuries long term, or disaster striking on the day. In order to work, the exercises must be done accurately so that you don’t compensate by using other parts of your body. If you are not sure which exercises these are, consult a Physio for guidance. Breakdown of soft tissue can start to occur well before the pain starts, so it’s already late if pain has started, but at this stage some issues can still be resolved.