As we get closer to the Missoula Marathon it’s time to start thinking about the things besides just the running. These are a collection of tips that we’ve collected over the years from our own experience and from others who have shared their wisdom.
In the few days or week leading up to a race, avoid doing new things for your body because you just don’t know how your body will respond. Make the day before a long race a lazy day with minimal prolonged standing and walking. Be extra nice to your knees and feet. If you’re thinking about using tape on race day, make sure you have already tested running with it on.
Morning of the race – eat what your body knows. Warm-up! Run in the shoes you trained in. Run in the clothes you trained in. You don’t want any surprises on race day! BODY GLIDE (nipples, bra line, waist band, inner thighs, under heart rate monitor if you wear one) Don’t overdress – to help get it right you should be a bit cool before you start your warm-up. A few pieces of toilet paper in your pocket might come in handy. Water and Electrolytes are equally important.
Schedule a massage for after, NOT before the race. Believe in yourself and your training. Visualize yourself crossing the finish line. You’ve finished! Jump in the River!
Pre-race injuries: Here’s a guide to help you determine whether to run or not to run.
Quality of Pain
PAUSE: Mostly ache
GO FOR IT: Dull ache, tight, sometimes sharp
JUST SAY NO: Sharp, stabbing, sometimes sharp searing
Intensity of the Pain
GO FOR IT: Mild
JUST SAY NO: Severe
Tolerance to Running
PAUSE: Worsens with mileage
GO FOR IT: Stays the same or improves with mileage
JUST SAY NO: Worsens and increased mileage causes swelling
Effect on Stride or Form
PAUSE: Mild change
GO FOR IT: No change
JUST SAY NO: Altered stride or form
Stage of Injury
GO FOR IT: Chronic
JUST SAY NO: Acute
If you have other questions, need an injury consultation (free to Missoula Marathon runners), or need more information, call our clinics at 406-251-2323.
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
All Alpine Physical Therapy Alpine Soccer Team Alpine Softball Alzheimer's Disease American Cancer Society Ana Soulia Angela Listug Vap Angela Listug-Vap Ankle Sprains Antara Quinones Aquatics Audrey Elias Back Pain Balance Boston Marathon Brace Hayden Brent Dodge Cancer CDC Certified Chiropractic Climbing Core Studio Crossfit Dance Medicine Dennis McCrea Diane Cummins Diva Day Dr. Liz Walker Emily Jones Ergonomics Events Excercises Fall Prevention Fall Prevention Awareness Day Fitness Fit To Fight Foot Pain Functional Dry Needling Gary Gales Good Food Store Her Health Hiking Hip Pain Jessica Kehoe Jonathan Hoffman's Foundation Training Josie Sweeney Kayla Johnson Kerri Houck Knee Pain Kristi Moore Leah Versteegen Low Back Pain Mary Mischke Matt Schweitzer MISA Missoula Marathon Missoula's Choice Montana Geriatric Society Morgan York Singer Morgan York-Singer MT Alpha Cycling National Cancer Institute National Falls Awareness Neck Pain Oncology Rehab Program Pain Pamela Pack Peak Health & Wellness Center Peak Triathlon Pelvic Pain Physical Therapy Physical Therapy (Journal) Pilates Primal Practice Relay For Life Resources Roger Sperry Ron Clijsen Ron Veilleux Runner's Edge Running Samantha Glaes Sam Schmidt Sarah McMillan Shoulder Pain Skiing Skye Folsom Soccer Spine Magazine Spine Rehab STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents Tamarack Brewing Company Tara Mund The Runner's Clinic Tips Travis Dye Ultrasound Imaging Urinary Incontinence Walking Wellness Wellness Program Westside Dance Physical Therapy Who Is Perfect? Women's Health
Connect with us
Get to know us better. Our social media platforms are a great way to learn about our staff, upcoming events, newest technology, patient stories, and more.
who we are
Leading innovation in health and wellness for our community, delivering compassionate care, and inspiring through education.
Know what’s new. Plus, get a free consultation!
Copyright © 2017 Alpine Physical Therapy • All Rights Reserved
Site by Aesir Consulting
Site by Aesir Consulting