Physiotherapy For The Auckland Half/Marathon


So you want to run the Auckland Half Marathon, or even the Auckland Marathon? It’s not just about being cardiovascular fit, it’s about having muscular endurance and the mental drive to power through the tough bits and get to the finish line.

Running the race is the easiest part, its keeping injury free and mentally strong that’s the hard bit.  Injuries can happen when a body part becomes overloaded, thus providing more than normal forces through joints, ligaments and muscles until they breakdown and become inflamed.

The avoid body overload, and to make running easier, there are three things ever runner should be working on.

These are:

  • Buttock Muscles – Gluteus Maximus and Medius
  • Abdominals and Deep Core Muscles
  • Spine flexibility and Spine Articulation.

Running the Auckland Half Marathon, incorporate some rehab time into your training schedule.

Training the gluteus maximums (meaning large buttock muscle) is essential for extending your hip during push off in running. If you are running well, this muscle drives a force directly into the ground. With leaning forward and momentum, this muscle will propel you forward. If the gluteus maximus muscle is too weak, it will look for other muscles is your hamstrings to do the work. If your hamstrings are working too hard, you will start to over load them and develop a hamstring strain.

Next blog…Talking about Gluteus Medius


After my second baby was born, my body was a wreck, with constant back and pelvic pain that made it hard to cope with the physical demands of being a mother. Regular physio – and lots of care, support and encouragement – from Sarah has made a vast difference. I’m far stronger and very nearly pain-free – better than I was before I had children.

– Nicki Judkins

Nicki Judkins
I was 44 when I first went to Sarah with a background of sports injuries related to running. I have previously had several years of treatment from physiotherapists but continued to suffer from injuries as my running distances increased. Since being treated by Sarah I have been able to complete both a half marathon and my first full marathon – both in times I was delighted with. I am in no doubt that without her ongoing care I would not have been able to achieve my marathon goal.
-Carolyn Burnet
Carolyn Burnet
As a New Zealand age group representative duathlete, I was experiencing regular and ongoing muscular problems in both lower legs. Since attending Sarah’s one-on-one Pilates sessions, my leg problems have completely disappeared. Sarah’s innovative ideas and caring communication have made what started out as a trying ordeal into a weekly Pilates session that I now look forward to.
-Chris Fletcher
Chris Fletcher
I have been coming to Bodyreform for about 8 years after years of on / off treatment for a lower back problem which resulted in sciatic pain. Not only did they remove the pain, but they also taught me how to support and manage the problem through strengthening my inner core muscles and correcting my posture. Body Reform’s Physios worked hard on my rehabilitation and they maintain a strong relationship / friendship with me that ensures I can look forward to aging gracefully and in a pain free fashion.

-Jan Woodhouse

Jan Woodhouse, FNZILA
NZILA Registered Landscape Architect

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