You’re on them all day and pounding on them every morning. They are what carry you wherever you go, but in the world of MCL and ACL tears, core strengthening and dietary shifting, many people forget about one of the most important parts of their body: their feet. If you are serious about wanting to get started in the world of running, then it’s time you took a long hard look at how best to keep feet in running shape.
Running with Your Feet First
1. Vaseline is Your friend: It’s a wonderful substance, oil based and stands up well to sweat. Not only will your nipples thank you for it’s use, but a rubbing heel or hot spot on the foot will find it just as useful. It’s also great to seal up an already popped blister.
2. Socks: Sweat will be your worst enemy when it comes to your feet. You’ll know when it happens, the soggy white skin and the tearing will all clue you into the fact that you need new socks. Next to shoes, socks are the most important investment that a runner can make. Good shoes are great, but if your feet are boiling themselves in their own sweat, then all the arch protection in the world won’t keep you out for too many mornings.
3. Foot Power: It will help keep bacterial infections at bay, eliminate the smell that your shoes will become occupied almost immediately with, and it will help keep your feet up and ready to run.
4. Proper Footwear: Don’t skimp. You don’t need to break the bank on your shoes, but you will need a proper fit which means getting to a place that can take a look and fit the shoe to your foot correctly. No matter how elastic a material may be, you will not break shoes in, so don’t think that a too snug feel will go away. However, if your running or working toward long distances, then make sure your shoes are bought at the end of the day so that natural swelling of the feet has occurred.
Tread wear is also something that many people take into consideration, but it can not tell you the life of your shoes. Instead, you’ll have to rely on marking down your mileage everyday and plan on throwing your shoes away after 500 miles.
5. Toe Nails: If you run long enough you’ll eventually encounter a black one. It will be pulled off with a slight wince and in a few weeks your body will provide you with another one. Until then, keep in mind that trimmed toe nails should never be overlooked. You’ll learn to greatly appreciate short nails if one of them is too long and being bent or pressed into the flesh.
Knees can be braced, ligaments stretched, but blister are around for weeks. There is no point in investing your time and energy into running only to forget about the body part taking all of the heat. Invest in good footwear, good socks and be sure to keep your feet clean an dry, and you will learn to respect one of your most overlooked body parts.