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Footcare for Runners & Giveaway

Categories: Footcare for Runners, Giveaways, Product Reviews, Running

With many fall races on the horizon, there’s a whole lotta tired, beat up feet out there. I swear all I can think about post-run some days (besides food) is a good foot rub….sadly nobody around here ever volunteers…what’s up with that? Oh well there are other things to keep tired runner’s feet happy:

Footcare for Runners

Socks: There are a variety of good options out there. The main thing to look for is synthetic vs. cotton. Synthetic fibers will wick sweat away to help prevent blisters. I’m a Balega girl myself, but, like I said, lots of great brands to pick from.

Shoes: If you’re just starting out, you MUST head to a running store to be fitted for a proper pair of running shoes. Get fitted later in the day when your feet are swollen for the best fit and be sure to wear the socks and any insoles you plan to run in. Also know that running shoes wear out before they look like they’re worn out so keep track of the mileage you’re putting on them (running and otherwise) and be sure to switch them out to avoid injury.

Insoles: A good pair of insoles can ease the discomfort of pressure spots on the bottom of your feet as well as bone spurs, bunions, plantar fasciitis and callouses. Many running shoes already come with a good set of insoles but you may want to add your own. My Mizunos come with OrthoLite Insoles already inside. How lucky am I? More on insoles and a chance to win some in a second.

Blister Prevention: Personally I’m a fan of BodyGlide on my feet to keep hot spots away. But there are a variety of other lubricants, powders and tapes out there to try.

Toenail Care: Toenails should be kept trimmed straight across. If in doubt, err on the longer side to avoid the nail becoming ingrown.

Callous Care: Callouses are your feet’s way of toughening up to handle the miles you’re putting on them. Sexy as they may be, you may want to keep them in check with a pumice stone or emery board after your shower. I like to finish off a pumice session with some cooling foot gel. See a doc if you develop very large callouses.

Athlete’s Foot Avoidance: The dark, sweaty confines of a running shoe is a prime breeding ground for foot fungus. Avoid contracting it in the first place by wearing flip flops in locker rooms and showers and wearing socks when you go through airport security. Letting your shoes air out completely between runs is also helpful. Rotating between a couple of pairs is a good idea.

Now back to the insoles: Recently I had the opportunity to test out a pair of OrthoLite insoles like the ones shown above. Turns out they’re already in my Mizunos so they’ve been keeping my feet happy and painfree for years. Their patented anti-microbial, open-cell foam construction has a high level of breathability and wicks sweat away to resist fungus, odor and bacteria. They fit all athletic and outdoor shoes and boots. If your shoes don’t already have OrthoLite Insoles and you’d like to try them, they’re $19.99 on the OrthoLite website. Or you can win some here:

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NYCM Training and Racing

Categories: 5k, Home Front, Marathon Training, New York City Marathon, Running with Kids

NYCM training week 11 is complete. Here’s how it went:
Total miles: 38
Monday: Hot vinyasa flow yoga
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 7 miles (10x800m)
Thursday: 6.14 trail miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 18.15. It warmed up and this sucked after about 14 but it’s done.
Sunday: 3.1 5k with kiddos

This was a solid week of running for me. That said, all strength training seems to have gone out the window. Our weather continues to be gorgeous, yet I failed to get out on the bike as well. But my focus has been on running so not all bad. The final week of the 21-Day Reset has left me feeling on the edge of getting sick, although, knock wood, I still haven’t. I’m still not fully adjusted to this unprocessed, crap-free lifestyle. Needless to say the 18-miler has turned me into a food-seeking furnace.

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I didn’t plan on running the 5k on Sunday, but it was Thing 2′s first and she was NERVOUS! Thing 1 originally planned to run with her, but decided she wanted to race it, so, twist my arm, helicopter mom filled in. Haha! Turns out we had nothing to worry about as both kids rocked it and I think Thing 2 has been bitten by the running bug. All she can talk about are the races she can’t wait to do. It’s funny how different kids are. Thing 1 wanted nothing to do with me at her first 5k and ran it carefree, with friends. Thing 2 is a worrier and was more than happy to have me with her.

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 She was reluctant when I peeled off to let her finish the last half mile on her own.

5k14They both rocked it and were all smiles afterward!

Looking ahead: This is a recovery week! The last one before the official taper. Yikes! Where has time gone? And the 21-Day Reset is officially over so I’m on my own. More soon on the outcome of that and how I plan to proceed.

What was fun for you this weekend? Did you race?

 
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