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Marathon Survival or Strength

December 7, 2017


Can you relate to this? Did you run this past weekend? Are you in marathon season or off season or preseason or no season? I want to know :-)


So to be up front, I have never run an open-on road marathon. I have done three marathons after swimming and biking and I have done 2 trail ultras. I do not plan on doing any open-on road marathons. Reason why, is if I am going to spend that much time training to tear my body up, I want it to be everything I love- trail or swim, bike, run. This is the exact thinking behind when I decide it is time to go Ultraman, when I loose my speed. I love going fast vs far.


On to Marathon Health- Two things Nick to the Plus Recommends-


1. Change your focus from distance and time to QUALITY, FORM and STRENGTH. With this focus you will be stronger, faster and healthier...


So one of the reasons I don't run open-on road marathons is my thinking is similar to @chrisheria . How he thinks Cross-Fit compares to a Proper Calisthenics progression (watch the video). Most runners I see JUST RUN, and at some point BREAKDOWN FORM after fatigue.


 Nick to the Plus can video analysis your run form, give feedback on improvements and suggest drills and strength exercises to build you to a better stronger runner or swimmer, or for overall fitness. Go to


2. Be mindful of oxidative stress- Google- "Oxidative stress reflects an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of reactive oxygen species and a biological system's ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage. ... Thus, oxidative stress can cause disruptions in normal mechanisms of cellular signaling."


Running a marathon or events of extended physical stress are going to cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is basically the aging away, pain, soreness, and decrease in health in the body. So the classic post marathon walk is caused by un controlled oxidative stress. Have you experienced getting sick, a cold or flu after completing such and event? 


What can we do to slow this aging and soreness? Eating more phytonutrients! You will get your carbs and protein after a marathon and this is great. Macro-nutrition is not the problem, we are all getting plenty of calories and energy replenishment. The problem is that most of us or undernourished, we are not getting a wide variety of color, fruits and vegetables in our daily eating. 


Nick to the Plus can show you how to get better nutrition to avoid soreness, injury and illness after a marathon, triathlon or live event. Go to or email


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