An endurance athlete, it could be somebody
who’s doing their first half marathon or somebody who has run 50 marathons, one in each state.
One thing about training plans is you have to listen to your body. You can’t push to
follow those plans to the T; you have to listen to your body. If you feel like your body’s
not keeping up with the training plan you have to rest, and rest is just as important
as training. Plan out your training with plenty of time. When people are getting into endurance sports,
I think, rather than a span of a few weeks, it should be thought out as several months
to years to build up your ability to tolerate long distances. I think that’s the most important
thing is to build up gradually over the period of season or two, to reach your endurance
goals. When I talk about endurance sports, specifically marathons, I’d say any distance
over a half marathon you have to consider building up very slowly to. In general, I think a 20-year-old or even
30-year-old who’s trying to start endurance sports do not need to see their doctors, unless
they’re having concerning symptoms such as chest pain or excessive shortness of breath
with exercise. Those symptoms should be investigated for sure. I love talking about training plans.
I really enjoy talking about endurance sports in general. It’s really fun to have endurance
athletes in my clinic for sure. Endurance sports is a growing sport for sure, and it’s
really fun to see people getting into the sport. I think meeting new endurance athletes
is one of the best parts of my job for sure, because I was there at one point and I still
remember how hard it was to get started. But it’s definitely rewarding. I really like working
with endurance athletes for sure.