Gearing Up for Grandma's, From Head to Toe

Posted at: 03/22/2013 6:12 PM
Updated at: 03/22/2013 10:46 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

With Grandma's Marathon three months away, experts give tips on how to stay healthy and ready to race.

Runners across the Northland and country are gearing up for the 2013 Grandma's Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. At Duluth Running Company, where they have a serious passion for running, they say runners should start with getting the correct gear, such as stocking up on layers of synthetic clothing to wick away sweat. They also say shoes can make all the difference.

"It can lead to injury [a bad shoe], whether you're just doing a five mile run or a full marathon, you really need a proper shoe," said General Manager Tony Stensland.

But even with the right gear, experts advise making sure runners train properly, giving plenty of time for recovery.

"People many times try to do too much," said Dr. Dan Wallerstein, a physiatrist at St. Luke's in Duluth.

Dr. Wallerstein has run 20 Grandma's Marathons and says runners often over train, doing too much, too soon. He recommends a quick warm-up, a good stretch, and easing into your pace during a training run. He also said to make sure to have a good stretching regiment after the run, too.

Grandma's Marathon is June 22nd.