What a beautiful day for running a marathon with 50,000 thousand runners and thousands of friends and family standing on the side rooting for their friends or loved ones, and it does not matter that they all root for everyone no matter what. This race is much more than just a race, but it is a time for the community and the city of New York’s citizens and citizens all over the world to come together and remember the tragedies that have taken place, especially on the east coast with 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, Boston Marathon bombing, and the Connecticut school incident. This was a day to bring people together that had a chance to represent their involvement or their support in these tragedies. It was not a matter of coming in first place or even second, but rather being a part of such a great tribute to the ones that have lost their lives or survived during the horrible events that have taken place in our time.
Of course, the Kenyan’s took the top places in the ING NYC Marathon, but for those who want to become better in running and possibly compete at their level, many people do not understand on how to go about and it is quite simple. Train as your competitor does, meaning research and study what the top athletes in your sport does and take that information and use it along with new research that is being conducted. For instance, if a certain group people have trained at high altitudes and others at a normal level, the group that has been training at higher altitudes should have a better Vo2 or maximal oxygen consumption rate versus those that train at lower altitudes.
There are of course other forms of training as well, such as resistance training during cardiovascular activity that can be used for endurance and short bouts of training using ankle weights and upper body weights such as wrist or a torso weight that will add resistance to put a load on the body’s systems to work harder and eventually become more powerful. However, one should be careful with this and make sure that they are working with a health professional so the right amount of resistance is being used properly over the duration of training. It is highly important to make sure that one is involved in many forms of exercise, and fitness for one’s sport, including marathon running, should include strength training as it is recommended for endurance athletes. It is important to use proper protocol exercise prescription for each and every sport that we are involved in so we will be competitive and reduce the chances of injuries.