Mercy Health - Cincinnati Provides Marathon Training Tips for New Runners

(CINCINNATI; December 17, 2015) – Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, offers training tips for first-time marathon runners from Mercy Health Physician and orthopaedic surgeon Matt Busam, MD.

“Many runners know that training is a difficult process that starts many months before the actual race but first-time marathon runners might not be sure what to expect when they begin training. Training for a marathon is huge commitment and should not be undertaken lightly.” says Dr. Busam.

In order to ensure successful marathon training, Dr. Busam recommends you:
• Build up your base – Try shorter distances for a few months. Build up as you reach the one year mark to make sure you enjoy running and are comfortable doing so over longer distances before committing to marathon training.
• Adjust to what’s right for you – Up to 90 percent of marathon runners experience some level of discomfort while training that causes them to modify their training regime. Don’t get frustrated. It’s normal to have to adjust training to your capabilities and to avoid injury. If you begin to experience pain that causes you to limp or you notice swelling, get checked by your sports medicine provider.
• Don’t give up – Finishing a marathon is a huge accomplishment. Don’t be frustrated if your time is slower than what you hope for. 

He also provided these tips in a short video you can see here: More information and other tips from Mercy Health – Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine are available on the same page.

Dr. Busam practices from Mercy Health - Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Western Hills, 6350 Glenway Avenue Suite 415, Cincinnati 45211-6397, 513-347-9999.

To find a Mercy Health physician in your neighborhood, or to learn about the services provided at Mercy Health, please visit or call 513-981-2222. Call 513-981-ORTHO (981-6784) to find an Orthopaedic specialist.