Is your running not going to plan? Don’t panic

Most runners will encounter at least one hiccup on their path to the start line

It is the head that will run the last few miles of the marathon on race day. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It is the head that will run the last few miles of the marathon on race day. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

If your Dublin Marathon training has been running smoothly then you are indeed one of the lucky ones. Spare a thought for the majority of runners who haven’t had such a clear run. Most runners will encounter at least one hiccup on their path to the marathon start line. Illness, injury, fatigue or self-doubt can all leave a runner feeling anxiously behind schedule at this stage of the game.

September setbacks

September means peak mileage, and it’s no coincidence that most niggles, injuries and doubts occur this month. Runners sometimes choose to ignore the early warning signs and continue to run regardless of new aches and pains. They may also become complacent about nutrition, flexibility and sleep as they prioritise miles rather than minding their body. It is rare to find a marathoner who feels fresh-legged at this stage of training after a long summer on the roads.

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