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How does one end up running a marathon unintentionally? Well, Stephan Thomé, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System oncologist, didn’t exactly run the whole DONNA Finish Breast Cancer race in Jacksonville, Florida by accident—but pretty close. He was planning to run the 13.1-mile half marathon. Then an inspired runner with extra pep in her step encouraged him to keep going.

Mankato Marathon Summer Running

Spring and summer often are the most popular times of the year for people to be active. And with the winter we just had, I expect this spring and summer to be no different. As the weather starts to warm up, people often take their workouts outside, especially running. With all of the 5K, 10K, triathlon, half-marathon and marathon events available, people are eager to participate and get in shape. Whether you’re trying to squeeze in a run before or after work to keep the pounds off or you are in full-on training mode for that upcoming marathon, following are a few things to remember to avoid injuries.

Mankato Marathon Progressive Overload

Whenever you want to improve your exercise capacity, it is important to understand progressive overload. Progressive overload means challenging your muscles and body by gradually increasing the stress put on them. For example, increasing weight lifting repetitions or the speed at which you run over the course of time. The idea is that you slightly push yourself — in a healthy way — with each workout, ultimately resulting in improved performance and strength.

Mankato Marathon Running Tips

Below are short videos about training tips from Beau Johnson, physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Mankato Marathon running shoes

Ten years ago I ran my first marathon, Grandma’s in Duluth. Two weeks later I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer with a median survival of five years in those days. After the initial shock, I put the Boston Marathon on my bucket list. By the time I finished Boston, my family and I had run marathons in three states. It was fun, so we just kept going. Soon we were up to several marathons a year.


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