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Marathon Running Safety Tips

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"Run for Your Life."

It's only fitting that Chase Eckard works there. He's been running most of his.

"Been running for about 15 years. My mother actually got into running when she started doing 'team in training' and ran for her first marathon," says Eckard.

Running about ten miles a day, Eckard has been in more than a few races.

"I've ran about three half-marathons and then I've run a complete of trail halves as well," says Eckard.

He's seen it all, including "stars," not the kind in the sky or on the red carpet though.

"In the Thunder Road, hit about ten to twelve miles, starting feeling fatigued really hard. Then as I was looking at the white lines to try to stay focused  a little bit, they started looking rainbow than white," says Eckard.

Running is great exercise but it comes with medical risks.

On Sunday, two runners died at Raleigh's "Rock N' Roll Marathon."

Precautions are necessary before you put on your running shoes.

"The biggest thing is being prepared and educated of course," says Dr. Augustus Parker.

Dr. Parker recommends a complete physical before you tackle any marathon.

"To screen you for any underlying condition that might be disposed you to injury or some of the adverse events we've seen recently," says Dr. Parker.

Prepare for the marathon in advance.  Do not do it "spur of the moment" a week beforehand.

Another tip, stay away from those protein and energy drinks.

"Do your research on that. There could be something in that. It's not good for you heart-wise," says athletic trainer, Michael Eubank.

Before, during and after the race nutrition and hydration are key. Do not drink coffee before running.

"You're running for hours, you gotta make sure you are taking care of your body, doing what you need to, to go through that and even during the run making sure you are drinking the water and eating something if you can," says Eubank.

As Eckard gets ready for his next race, he won't be doing it alone.

"Do it with a friend because the first thirteen miles is really not going to be that hard compared to the last half," says Eckard.



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