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I am now into my 11th week of training for the Auckland Marathon with only 5 weeks until the big day!

The past few weeks of training have been mostly smooth sailing with only a few small bumps in the road.  One of these being the treacherous weather us Aucklanders have endured this past winter (well, not that bad but for a JAFA like myself- we like to complain regardless). I envy those who can run through the pouring rain with soggy socks and dripping wet clothes- kudos to you!

The other issue being my extremely flat feet I inherited from my father (thanks Dad for that). My orthotics give me blisters when I run so taping my feet into supination is the next best option! I have found this helps with my blisters and also with my running style in terms of putting my lower limbs into better alignment.

After my long run each week, I continue to get major DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) which essentially means my muscles have been undergoing strenous exercise therefore feel stiff and sore.  The delayed onset refers to the period of tissue repair which usually lasts 1 or 2 days after the run (not a fun time).

For recovery, I do a lot of stretching and foam rolling- especially of the ITB (also not a fun time) and 2/3 Pilates classes a week. It has been awesome to see the improvement in my running pace and style with an increase of strength to my glutes! Pilates is to thank for this!!

This is my first full marathon and first time I’ll be running over the bridge! Excited (and a little nervous) for race day but hopefully the body pulls through and gets me over that line so I can tick one off the bucket list!

If you would like any advice regarding running programs or muscle recovery, I’d be happy to share or if you have any advice or top tips for me, I would love to hear them!

Entries for Auckland Marathon are still open with plenty of distances to choose from. If running doesn’t excite you, try doing a fast walk! Whatever you decide, set a goal time and pace so you have something to work towards.. please just don’t overtake me! 😉

Might see you there!

Arielle
Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
Peak Pilates Newmarket