The Melbourne Marathon Festival…Are You Competing?

With under five weeks to go until the annual Melbourne Marathon, the biggest marathon in Australia, an increasing number of Melbournians are now out and about running.

With a large selection of event choices available, all the way from the full 42km run to a 3km walk, it’s easy to see how this event has gone from just 2000 competitors in 1978, to over 35,000 in more recent years.

Coming across these people whilst running around the “Tan” or along the Yarra River, I often wonder what sort of training they are doing to prepare themselves for the event? And are they complementing their running with some sort of strength and stability training?

A lot of runners attend our Pilates studio looking for exercises to help strengthen and stabilise their body so they can be free from injury and improve their running efficiency.

To be able to run efficiently an athlete requires strength in their lower limbs (from gluteals, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves through to the smaller muscles in between) that help to stabilise the legs and feet while running. It is also important to have strength and stability in the torso, something that Pilates is very effective at building. And last but not least our body needs to move with fluency (rather than rigidity) whilst running. The mobility and flexibility that Pilates provides is of high importance in our running clients’ programs.

Our team at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre are highly skilled in providing our clients with the highest quality and most up to date programs. We also offer running assessments (gait analysis) to ensure we are making measurable improvements in the performance of the Melbourne running community’s members.

Nicole Karl is the Pilates Manager at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre. She is an experienced Pilates instructor and recreational runner.If you’ve never tried Pilates before but would like to then please contact us to organise a 1-on-1 Initial Consultation with one of our experienced instructors. You can also ask a question, or send us an email at:

We offer regular Pilates classes 5 days a week (morning, lunchtimes & evenings) and you can check out our schedule here: