Preparing for the Berkeley Half Marathon

Written by Srinjoy Majumdar

Published 10/30/2023

The Berkeley Half Marathon is more than just a race; it's a celebration of the community and the scenic beauty of Berkeley, California. Scheduled for Sunday, November 19th, 2023, the event offers a variety of race options, including a USATF-certified Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and even virtual races. If you're on the fence about participating, this article aims to provide you with valuable insights into the benefits of running a half marathon and how physical therapy can be a game-changer in your preparation and recovery.

The Berkeley Half Marathon: What Makes It Special?

  1. Scenic Beauty: The race takes you through some of the most picturesque parts of Berkeley, offering a unique blend of urban and natural landscapes.

  2. Variety of Races: Whether you're a seasoned runner or a beginner, there's something for everyone. From the half marathon to the 10K, 5K, and even virtual races, you can choose the race that suits your level.

  3. Community Spirit: The event brings together people from all walks of life in a celebration of athleticism, community, and charity.

  4. Family-Friendly: With events like the Kids 1K and Family 1 Mile, it's an event the whole family can enjoy.

Why Physical Therapy is Crucial for Marathon Runners

A 2019 study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy found that 9 out of 10 runners reported a running-related injury or illness in the lead-up to a marathon. Physical therapy can help you avoid becoming part of this statistic.

Tips to Avoid Injury

  1. Muscle Awareness: Listen to your body. If your muscles feel tender, sore, or swollen, it's a sign to rest and apply ice to the affected area.

  2. Proper Footwear: Invest in high-quality running shoes that offer good support and cushioning.

  3. Terrain Training: Train on terrain similar to that of the Berkeley Half Marathon to prepare your body for the specific challenges it will face.

  4. Stretching and Warm-Up: Never underestimate the power of a good warm-up and stretching routine. This can significantly reduce the risk of muscle strains and sprains.

  5. Hydration and Nutrition: Proper hydration and balanced nutrition are key in any long-distance running event. Make sure to hydrate well before, during, and after the race.

  6. Rest and Recovery: Incorporate rest days into your training schedule and consider post-race physical therapy to aid in recovery.

Still Undecided? Here's Why You Should Take the Plunge

  1. Personal Achievement: Completing a half marathon is a significant accomplishment that you'll cherish for a lifetime.

  2. Physical Benefits: Training for and participating in a half marathon will improve your cardiovascular health, strength, and endurance.

  3. Mental Health: The discipline and focus required for marathon training can have a positive impact on your mental well-being.

  4. Social Connections: Training groups and the race itself offer a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and make new friends.

Special Offer for Berkeley Half Marathon Participants

To support your marathon journey, Shasta Health is offering a special 25% discount on our virtual and at-home physical therapy sessions. These sessions are not only beneficial for pre-race preparation but also for post-race recovery. The first and second weeks after the race are critical for your body’s recovery, and our team is here to guide you through it.


The Berkeley Half Marathon is an event that offers something for everyone. From the scenic beauty of the route to the sense of community and personal achievement, it's an experience you don't want to miss. And with the added benefit of physical therapy for preparation and recovery, you're setting yourself up for success.

Don't miss out on our special 25% discount offer. Reach out to a Shasta Health representative today to schedule your discounted session and take the first step towards a successful and injury-free marathon experience.