Health Tip: When Training for a Marathon

Don't overdo it

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(HealthDayNews) -- If you jog regularly and have set your sights on completing a marathon, the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston offers this advice for launching a training program:

  • Focus on form, not on time or distance. Pay attention to arm swing, stride and posture.
  • Monitor your fluid intake. In hot weather, drink six to eight ounces of fluid every 25 minutes, every 35 minutes in colder temperatures.
  • Buy shoes that fit your foot type. For example, if you have high arches, select cushion shoes, and go for stability models if you're flat-footed.
  • Do your long runs on the weekend and keep weekday runs shorter, so your body has time to rest.

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