Many of us are trying to get fit and trim down for the year. If you’re working towards the goal of running a half-marathon or you’ve decided to take up jogging, here are some tips to help you reduce your risk of injury.
Precautions to take when running a half marathon
If you’ve signed on the dotted line, and you’re planning on running a half marathon in the coming weeks or months, it’s essential to take some precautions to prevent running injuries, and keep you on track. Here are some tips to help you achieve your goal safely:
- Train: a half marathon may not sound far, but 13 miles is a very long way to travel on foot. It’s very rare that people are able to complete this kind of distance without prior training. You need to build up your fitness and endurance and get used to running on the road. Start training as soon as you can, and build up the distance gradually. If you’re new to exercise or you haven’t run long distances before, it’s worth enlisting the help of a trainer.
- Wear the right footwear: when you’re running long distances, it’s vital to wear the right footwear. If your trainers don’t fit properly, or they’re worn, you may end up with injuries and painful blisters. If you’ve just bought new shoes, wear them in before you use them. When on a long run make sure you have some plasters handy just in case your shoes start rubbing.
- Take a rest: running on tarmac takes its toll on your knees and hips, so take the time to rest and recover between sessions.
- Wear bright clothing: if you’re running on the road, always wear bright clothing with reflective strips to prevent road traffic accidents. It’s wise to stick to well-lit areas and to avoid uneven ground. Running on rugged terrain, for example, muddy fields or rocky tracks, can increase your risk of sprained and twisted knees and ankles.
Claiming for a running accident
If you’ve been involved in an accident while running a half marathon or you’ve been injured while out running on the road, you may be thinking about claiming running accident compensation. If you’ve been injured in the last 3 years, and you’d like more advice about making a no-win, no-fee* claim for a running accident, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice