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  • Crossing the Finish Line: Sure fire tips to survive the Philadelphia Marathon

    Published: 11/11/2013


    The Philadelphia Marathon is this weekend and you and thousands…and thousands…and thousands of your fellow pavement-pounders will be united in one common goal.

    Crossing the finish line.

    You’ve eaten the right foods.
    Trained in the right shoes.
    Followed your marathon training cycle to the letter.

    But that may not be enough to get you across the finish line and get that participant’s medal around your neck.

    MossRehab Physical Therapist John Feely is your secret weapon. Feely has trained Olympic-class runners from around the world and he helped create the MossRehab Runner's Clinic . Here are his sure fire tips to get you to your glory.


    1. Eat breakfast- Consume carbohydrates like oatmeal 2 to 3 hours prior to the race

    2. Stay with familiar shoes- One of the biggest mistakes people make is to wear new shoes which can cause blisters

    3. Consume carbohydrates DURING the marathon

    4. Keep hydrated during the marathon- If time is not a factor, walking through the drink stations might be beneficial to get the appropriate fluids in you

    5. Pace yourself- Don't be tempted to go out too fast. One good rule is to run the second half slightly faster than the first.

    6. Avoid skin breakdown- Use petroleum jelly on troubled areas like underarms, nipples, groin, thighs, and under the breasts.

    7. Don't sit down or lay down right after the marathon- Try to keep moving immediately after you finish the marathon in order to avoid the blood pooling in your lower legs which can cause even more soreness or more serious health risks.

    8. Eating after the marathon- Eat protein, such as peanut butter, shortly after the marathon to help rebuild muscle

    9. Enjoy Yourself


    Do you run 1,000 miles a year? Have you been running that much each year for at least two years? Join our Runner's Clinic which is conducting research to see if there is a correlation between gait and history of injury. Your running style will be digitally recorded on our state-of-the-art equipment and analyzed by Physical Therapist John Feely and Podiatrist Ira Myers. Learn more and sign up here.

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