Marathon Health Warning SignsMar 3, 2012
Marathon running is hard on the body, that’s no secret, but it’s not too hard to avoid a medical debt settlement or a trip to the emergency room if you’re careful. Whether you’re an experienced runner or a first-time marathoner, these are a few signs to look out for when you’re training or even during the race
Bleeding Blisters: Don’t ignore blisters just because you get them often – big blisters, particularly those that bleed can really wreak havoc on your body. Watch for signs of infection and clean around the blister only – don’t pop it, allow it to flood out on its own.
Knee Issues: If your knees start to go during a long training run you may have done permanent damage. If knee problems are new to you don’t just brush off pain as part of the process, get an MRI to make sure you haven’t torn a ligament.
Dehydration: On race day you’re going to have a lot on your mind but hydrating must be first and foremost. Don’t ignore warning signs like headache, dry mouth and even increased urination – all these can be signs of dangerous dehydration.