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Training for the Kalamazoo Marathon, from the Doctor's perspective


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It takes a lot of meticulous training to be ready for a full Marathon. Doctor Mary Vajgrt, with Borgess Orthopedics, says preparing for something like that is practicially a full time job, so a novice probably shouldn't just try to jump into the Kalamazoo Marathon, which is this Sunday.

Doctor Vajgrt says if you want to compete, you should start off slow, walking or running maybe a half hour a day, and then working your way up. Try to take part in the 5K first, and then maybe a 10K.

She adds, though, that running -- or even just walking -- is a great way to improve one's health, in general. Just a half hour a day of walking can have an effect on your blood pressure, weight, or even reduce your risk off diabetes. She urges everyone to give it try, if even in ten minute bursts throughout the day.