By: Brian Elder
I once had a coach that said "the most important thing you can do as a runner is take care of your feet." He even showed how serious he was by giving everyone socks for Christmas! At first this seemed silly. There were a million things that I thought were more important. Hydration. Speed and Hill workouts. Nutrition. This week I learned the truth of that statement as I had a major setback in my training due to an allergic reaction from a wasp sting on my foot/ankle. With all of the extra time to relax until the swelling went down, I thought it would be good to offer some tips to take care of your feet.
-Wearing running specific socks is extremely important. Running socks protect your feet from blisters by wicking away moisture and can offer support that regular athletic socks lack. I highly recommend Thorlos running socks if your feet need support and Balega hidden comfort running socks if you want to prevent blisters and a comfortable ride.
-With the recent growth in the sport of running (70% in the last 10 years!), the options of running shoes continues to grow. Although you may have a favorite brand, it is more important to wear the right type of shoe based on the arch of your foot and the degree that your foot pronates (amount of rotation, usually inward, as your foot strikes the ground).
3. Running Specialty Store
- The best way to solve #1 and #2 is to visit and support your local running specialty store. Here someone should be able to look at your feet and the way that you run to offer the best advice on what socks and shoes to purchase. Stop by your local running specialty store near you to get your new shoes and socks for the fall running season!
And remember: "Always take care of your feet. You never know where they will take you."
Brian Elder is a learner, traveler, and nomadic runner that is going to run until it takes him somewhere remarkable. He is a senior at the University of Georgia studying English and Religion. After running competitively on trails and roads, he fuels through an appetite so big you would swear it’s competitive. Follow Brian's training on Instagram.