“NCT” For the Dublin Marathon


The Dublin Marathon is only 16 weeks away!!! Go to http://www.dublinmarathon.ie for details. Most runners and joggers have started their preparation,but it’s still not too late. Some will aim to simply finish while others will aim for PBs, but the approach to training should be the same – focussed,measured, effective and safe!!.

Running a marathon is one of the most difficult and rewarding physical challenges most people will do. However,there are difficulties and uncertainties that can prevent people from achieving their goals.The popularity of running in Ireland has increased dramatically over the last few years s. Unfortunately, a parallel rise in the rate of running-related overuse musculoskeletal injuries has occurred.  Epidemiological studies have estimated overuse injuries of the lower extremity in recreational runners between 30 and 70% .

How To Avoid Injury and Pitfalls – The Basics

• Give yourself plenty of time 16 weeks – this allows the gradual increase in mileage and establishes a good aerobic base

• talk to or train with experienced marathon runners, with respect to all elements of training and race day hints and tips

• Don’t ignore injuries!!!. Go and see your chartered physiotherapist! There is usually always some sort of training you can do to maintain fitness in times of injury

• Recover,fuel and optimally hydrate.

How to Improve training and Optimise Performance

  • Prehab – in consultation with your chartered physiotherapist identify weaknesses early in training ad address them (flexibility, strength, muscle imbalances)
  • Incorporate an appropriate strength and conditioning programme to supplement your run training with progressive and appropriate loading of relevant muscle groups
  • Early identification of injuries/possible injuries – treat the cause!
  • Training for a marathon is not simply about “just running” – all elements of physical preparation are essential in order to ensure the best possible condition to face the challenge of a marathon

Barry Kehoe MISCP CSCS

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I qualified with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2004. Since graduating I have worked in St. James Hospital Dublin and have worked in all the areas of speciality within the hospital including cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, rheumatology, care of the elderly, neurology, burns and plastic surgery among others . I have also completed a post graduate certificate in acupuncture in UCD 2009. The Physiotherapy Department in SJH has strong links with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students on practice placements and also delivered lectures on the undergraduate academic programme in TCD. I have a keen interest in all sports and currently plays with Cill Dara RFC 1st team squad, and Milltown GAA. I have previously worked as Physiotherapist to Co. Carlow Senior GAA Team, Milltown GAA, Leinster Junior Rugby Team and Cill Dara RFC. I am an experienced runner and competed in the Dublin City Marathon in 2002. I continue to participate in running events and multisport disciplines such as Gaelforce West, Gaelforce North and the Motivate Challenge. I have a particular interest in strength and conditioning. I utilise this knowledge of resistance training in the treatment of his clients. I am committed to continuous learning and development in order to ensure the optimal level of care is offered to my clients, and with this in mind I am currently undertaking a certification in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) with the NSCA.

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