Doing The Marathon? Dr. Tanaka's Tips For Healthy Training, Running, Recovery | WYPR

Doing The Marathon? Dr. Tanaka's Tips For Healthy Training, Running, Recovery

Oct 12, 2016

Dr. Miho Tanaka directs the Women's Sports Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins University.
Credit Johns Hopkins University

The Baltimore Marathon is one of nearly 1,200 certified marathons in the United States.  On Saturday, runners from all 50 states and 24 countries around the world will converge on Charm City to run through some of our most historic neighborhoods and beautiful parks.  About 4,000 runners will attempt the Olympian feat of staying in motion for 26.2 miles.  Roughly 12,000 brave souls will jog through the 13.1 mile half marathon, and about 5,000 will run the 5K race earlier in the day.  Another few thousand will run distances of 6-7 miles on relay teams.   That’s a lot of collective steps, and a lot of potential blisters, backaches, and wobbly knees.

Tom's guest today knows a lot about the physical challenges that are faced by professional athletes and weekend warriors alike.  Dr. Miho Tanaka is an orthopaedic surgeon and the Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Before moving to Baltimore, she was the team physician for the St. Louis Cardinals and the St Louis Surge in the WNBA.  She has also served as assistant team physician for the Baltimore Orioles and another professional women’s basketball team, the NY Liberty.  She is a former collegiate athlete herself.   She was on the Stanford University track team, and has treated student athletes from high school to college.    She joins Tom in the studio for the full hour, and takes your calls and emails.