Running Toward Your Goals: Marathon Training After Venous Treatment

With the rise of quarantine, perhaps you temporarily put your marathon-related goals to bed as crowded events were pushed back or otherwise canceled altogether. Of course, perhaps you took the opposite approach and such training became an active solace from the monotonous months spent at home.

Regardless, if you’re about to, or if you’re thinking of undergoing more comprehensive venous treatment, you may be wondering: “How will this affect my ability to run?” or “When can I get back to training?”

If that is the case, we’re here to provide you with all of the information you need to keep your mind from running away with unwarranted woes and worries.

Post-Procedural Patience

Following your vein treatment, it is imperative to recognize that no two patients will feel the same, and thus, you should always follow your doctor’s directions for a safe and healthy recovery. Additionally, once you return home, you should be diligent in wearing your compression stockings and abstaining from intense exercise for a minimum of two to three days.

As time goes on, however, you’ll find you can ease your way back into regular exercise.

“In the weeks and months following surgery to correct varicose veins, exercise is encouraged to help speed healing and regain proper vein function,” according to Livestrong. “If there is one form of physical activity that is given the green light, it’s walking.”

When Long Runs Might Be The Long-Term Solution

Once you are able to resume heavy and prolonged exercises, training for a marathon may not only help you get back into the regular swing of your running routine, but it may also help to prevent the development of spider veins and varicose veins in the future.

Not only does the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assert that exercise is critical in maintaining your venous health, but another 2020 study performed in the U.K. has confirmed that marathon training, in specific, helps to increase your body’s ability to send blood from the heart throughout the rest of the body. 

“The study found that [marathon] training was associated with decreased stiffness of the aorta,” researchers reported. “This was calculated to be the equivalent of up to 4 years’ decrease in the ‘biological age’ of the blood vessel. The effect seemed to be greater in older participants who had stiffer arteries to start with [and] those with slower marathon running times.”

Reaching the Finish Line

In all, marathon training is not only okay following your venous treatment, but it is highly encouraged for your long-term health. The only stipulation is that you should not immediately pursue such an activity; rather, you should wait until you’re mobile, free of compression stockings, and have been given the okay by your doctor.

And if you’re searching for a treatment facility that provides exceptional service with a team of highly qualified and caring professionals, it’s time to contact Duval Vascular Center. Not only do we provide a range of venous disease management services, but we’ll work with you and your primary healthcare provider to ensure we are offering you a treatment plan best tailored to you as an individual.

Whatever your needs, your health is our priority. Learn more by calling us today at (904) 518-1398 and schedule your FREE vein screening!