As I get ready to toe the line of marathon #2 in as many months, I think about all the things that had to go right to keep me upright (read: injury free). I had to give my body time to recover after my first 26.2, without letting my mileage or effort drop to nil. I had to commit to flexibility, form, and strengthening drills to make sure my joints and muscles didn't stage a rebellion. I had to continue going to bed earlier than my husband would prefer me to. (You get what I'm saying...) I had to pay closer attention to the food I put in my piehole than I normally do.
And I had to take care of my feet. While my feet aren't as problematic as those of our dear Dimity, I have my fair share of issues, including a sometimes-painful hammertoe, crazy-high arches, and now-recovered plantar fasciitis. To this end, I enlisted my twins to give me foot rubs with extra-emollient foot cream; I used corn pads to soften (then remove) the thick patch of skin on my hammertoe (TMI??); I wore AquaHeal bandages to once-and-for-all heal a painful fissure on the ball of my foot. And, most importantly, I wear Sof Sole Fit insoles in all my running shoes.
Thanks to the support of the Sof Sole insoles, my high arch can relax and do its best to flex and roll as it should on long runs and pick-up-the-pace intervals. Even after 26.2 miles in Victoria, my arch never felt fatigued, and it's been ages since I felt a twinge in my PF-prone heel.
You can step in to this same comfort thanks to today's giveaway: One winner gets a pair of Sof Sole Fit Insoles (in right-for-her-arch of either Low, Neutral, or High Arch), plus--and this is a big one for us laundry-doing mothers--a week's worth of Sof Sole Fit Series running socks. Yes, seven (7!) pairs of seamless performance socks that boast an arch band for better fit and so they don't melt down into your shoes as you run. Thanks to these socks' fast-drying fibers, your foot stays comfy no matter how far you go.
To enter this giveaway, rate your feet from 1 (ready for their close-up) to 10 (never see the light of day because they are so beaten up and gnarly). Cloaking feet in winter footwear instead of baring them in flip-flops has its benefits, but share with us (in the Comments section under this post on our website) what you're hiding under those bada$s moto boots or sassy clogs.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 11/19/14 and ends on 11/25/14. We will announce the winners on our Facebook page on 11/27/14, as well as notify the winner by email. One entry per person. The value of each prize is approximately $124. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.