Help Your Runner’s Feet – Get Regular Pedicures

Pedicures for RunnersI just got back from one of the two things that I do every other week for my feet to take care of them so that they will keep me running.  One is a visit to my chiropractor – which I talked about a couple of weeks ago.  Here’s the link in case you missed it:  http://www.thestreakingrunner.com/i-love-my-chiropractor/.  The other thing that I do is to have regular pedicures.  Having a pedicure does more than just make your feet look nice. Some things that are done during a pedicure are: getting your feet soaked and thoroughly cleaned, your toenails cut and trimmed and a wonderful (and I do mean wonderful) foot and lower leg massage.

The first thing that happens when you go in for a pedicure is you get to soak your feet in a little whirlpool tub. In most pedicure parlors, you also sit in a massage chair. The massage chair and the feet soak is reason enough for me – it just feels wonderful!

After the cleaning, then your toenails are trimmed and shaped. For many people, it’s hard to reach down to cut your toenails properly. It’s nice to have someone to do this for you – and to make sure it’s done correctly. Since it is hard to do on your own, sometimes they are not trimmed correctly and can cause ingrown toenails – which in turn can cause pain on your runs. Also, having your toenails trimmed will keep them from jamming into the toe box of your shoe – which can cause pain and black toenails.

The pedicurist will also buff off the rough spots and calluses from your feet. Make sure that you tell them that you are a runner and to do that gently.

Then comes another marvelous part of the pedicure. When all this is done – you will get a foot and lower leg massage. I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you how great this feels after you have completed a race or a long run!

Now, don’t think that you can only get a pedicure if you are a female. There are several men who come in where I get mine done. They know how great it feels, also!

There are many podiatrists that suggests regular pedicure for runners. They feel that many calluses, blisters and black toenails could be prevented with pedicures. I’ve been having regular pedicures for years – and I can tell you from experience that it feels absolutely wonderful after a long run!

 

7 Reasons Why I Love Running

Running is so great for you for so many reasons. Most people, myself included, start running as a great way to lose weight. However, most of us get so hooked on running that even after we’ve lost the weight that we wanted to – we just can’t give up running. But, that’s a good thing! Running keeps us healthy – helps us to live a longer life – gives us more energy – and so on. Here are the major reasons that I love running: Because it gives me the energy that I need to get through my day. I live a super busy life – and I can’t imagine that I could get everything done that I do if I didn’t have the energy that I get from my morning run. I love running because I love getting outdoors. Running gets me outside and I sometimes see things that … {Continue Reading… }

Podcast – Praise For My Hubby’s Support Of My Running!

Today I want to talk a little bit about my hubby.  Yesterday was our 33rd Wedding Anniversary! Wow, that sounds like such a long time ago! I have been so blessed to have him in my life – for many reasons, but especially when it comes to my running.  I can’t imagine anyone being more supportive than he is!    It takes a special person to be married to a runner – getting up early on race day then hanging out for hours while waiting for their spouse to finish their race.  Dealing with running clothes spread out everywhere drying, running shoes everywhere………well, you know! In my podcast today – I talk about some of the many ways he supports me!   I know that I am so lucky!  There are so many who are married to people who don’t really support them.  I really wish that I could get … {Continue Reading… }

I Love My Chiropractor!

Many people, including runners, mistakenly think that chiropractors are just for those with back pain or neck pain. That is not the case.  My chiropractor has definitely helped to keep me on the roads since I’ve been getting older – and helped to keep my running streak intact. The first time I visited my chiropractor (well, at the time it was my husband’s chiropractor) was when I twisted wrong at work. My hip started killing me. And, then it started to affect my running. I had to alter my gait and I was afraid that I was going to harm my other leg. After a week or so, I decided to go see the chiropractor. I figured that it couldn’t hurt – and a doctor was just going to tell me to stop running.  (You know if you’re a runner – you avoid doctors if at all possible!). To back … {Continue Reading… }

How To Deal With A Bad Road Race

Here we are right in the middle of road racing season.  Running road races are great for runners. You can see how much you’ve improved at a certain distance.  Running a race at a longer distance is always great, also. But, if you’ve been running for any time – you’re going to have a race that just doesn’t go as planned. You just didn’t feel good and barely made it to the finish. It’s important to deal with those bad races correctly. The first thing that you want to do is to go over the race in your mind and figure out what went wrong. Was it the weather on race day? Do you not train as hard as you should have? Did you go out too fast? Were you just feeling bad that day? Was the course tougher than you thought it would be? Did you eat something that you … {Continue Reading… }

Why I Love Running By Myself

I love running by myself!  I know that for some of you that is blasphemy – but, I do.  For years, I used to run 4 or 5 days a week with others and I enjoyed the  camaraderie that we shared!  They were all guys (3 and sometimes a 4th) and we had a blast.  I guess I was the token female of the group!  I was one of the guys – and we would talk about everything. Side note here – another reason why I absolutely love my hubby!  He understood that these guys were my running buds and nothing more and trusted me to meet them almost every evening after work to run.  I know that I’m extremely lucky! Anyway, after many years – the group more or less disbanded.  None of those guys are running anymore – and I do miss them.  There are groups that I could … {Continue Reading… }

10 Ways To Fit Your Running Into A Busy Schedule

Running is such a great way to stay in shape and in good health. However, sometimes runners (or their non-running friends) use the excuse that they don’t have time to run. That is one excuse that just doesn’t work.  And, drives me just a little crazy when I hear it.  I’m a super busy person – and I always find the time to get a run in. You just need to make it a priority. There are also some tricks that you can use to get your run in – no matter how busy you are. Here are 10 ways to fit your run in. 1. Get up at least 30 minutes earlier. If you have a family – you can get your run in before the rest of the family gets up. I always run first thing in the morning for several reasons. It starts my day off great … {Continue Reading… }

Race Recap – Race 13.1 Raleigh

Well, I’m back from another fun race week-end!  My Hubby and I go pretty much full speed all the time – so, these little race getaways are always good!  He gets some much needed rest and relaxation while I do my “race thing”! Last week-end we were off to Raleigh, North Carolina, for Race 13.1 Raleigh.  I’ve said it before – but Race 13.1 does a super job with their races.  If you ever get a chance – make sure that you do one of them.  You’ll be glad that you did! This race was on Saturday – with our original plans to head down on Friday and come back on Sunday.  Then, our 17-year-old kitty started having some mouth problems and got scheduled to have some teeth removed on Monday.  So, we decided to go down on Thursday and come back right after the race on Saturday.  I didn’t … {Continue Reading… }

Let’s Go Have A Steak!

Yes, you read that right!  I’m a runner and a running coach and I am suggesting that we go and have a streak together. I eat healthy (well, fairly healthy ) – but, there is only so much chicken a person can eat!  And, I’ll admit – I am, and always will be, a meat and potatoes girl! I always got mad when people would talk about how bad the beef that I was eating was so bad for me.  I knew that red meat was an excellent source of protein – and I knew that runners needed that! Then, I started reading more and more studies done about red meat and athletes.  The results may surprise you. First of all, red meat is a great source of zinc.  It actually supplies more zinc than white meat sources do.  A 3.5 ounce piece of steak has 34% of the daily zinc … {Continue Reading… }

Another Fun Race Week-end! Race Recap for Race 13.1 Greensboro

Last week-end, Hubby and I traveled a couple of hours away to Greensboro, North Carolina, for a half marathon – Race 13.1 Greensboro.  I ran this race last year in it’s first year.  I was impressed by the organization, etc., but, swore that I’d never do it again. It is a pretty killer course – you know the ones – where the race application says “rolling hills”. Explanation – you will climb mountains!    But, when registration opened, I signed up.  I had a score to settle with this course. Greensboro is a city that Hubby and I like to visit.  We will go there and stay at our favorite hotel for special week-ends (anniversary, etc).  If you are ever in Greensboro – I highly recommend the O Henry.  The rooms are nice,  wonderful atmosphere, the breakfast buffet is amazing and the staff treats you like royalty. Many times I … {Continue Reading… }