Q : Where does the word ‘marathon’ come from?

The name Marathon comes from the legend of the Greek messenger Philippides who ran to convey the message of victory of the Greeks over the Persians in the Battle of Marathon held in 490 BC. It is rumored that he ran the entire distance nonstop and burst into the assembly to deliver the message and then collapsed dead.

Q : Aren’t there many common injuries that can be caused due to running?

Many runners commonly experience stress fractures, Achilles tendinitis, runner’s knee, ankle sprains, muscle pulls and plantar fasciitis. The easiest way to prevent most of these is to keep yourself fit and healthy and to always wear the right shoes.

Q : If I have running injuries, what do I do?

You should rest. When your body is rested, it has the time to heal itself naturally. You could also get massages done to ease the stress in your body and to strengthen your muscles with a few exercises. But the most important of all is to allow your body to rest. Consult a doctor if your injuries don’t go away after a while or you feel it is more serious than what a few days of rest cannot cure.

Q : Can my foot arch affect my running style?

Your feet absorb a lot of the impact as you run. High arches and flat arches can determine how your body reacts as it hits the track every time. You should always ensure that you wear the right gear and shoes for running. Consult a podiatrist or a shoe specialist to find out which shoes would suit your feet.

Q : I’ve seen professional runner look like they’re on clockwork. Why?

While most amateur runners don’t fully realize the importance of breathing techniques, training and testing your bodies and training it for the grueling run ahead, professional runners know the significance of them. That is why they strides will seem consistent with an average of 185-200 steps per minute.

Q : Are there any health benefits to running part from the obvious one of keeping healthy?

Running is a great way to keep fit, there’s no doubt about that. Added to this, it gives you a ‘runner’s high’ which means that you feel euphoric at the end of a race. This also means that the rest of your day will look good, and you will feel charged to face the day. The long term repercussions are that you will have less chances of getting Alzheimer’s than couch potatoes. In fact, that chance is as much as 60% difference! So stay fit, wear your shoes and run.W

banner-1090827_1920Q : Does it make a difference if you played sports as a kid as compared to others who didn’t?

If you are generally sporty, you will be more physically active and this will help your muscles to be more prepared to deal with injuries. People who played ball sports as kids had nearly 50% fewer stress fractures than runners who didn’t play sports as a kid.