As runners we tend to abuse our feet. We pound on them. We get blisters. We lose toenails.
And (if you’re anything like me) we rarely take the time to give them the TLC they deserve!
In an effort to put a stop to runner’s foot abuse I thought I would share a few quick things you can do to keep your feet healthy and happy!
Yoga for Your Feet
While training for my first marathon I battled some severe pain in the arches of my feet on my long runs – by mile 18 it felt like I was landing on broken glass with every step. Thanks to my increased yoga practice and paying specific attention to stretching my feet regularly that pain was non-existant while training for marathon #2!
Here are a few ways you can stretch out your feet for happy (pain-free!) running:
If the above arch stretch is too much (you should feel a gentle stretch, NOT PAIN!) you can start off with a less intense version below:
I’m sure you’ve read to roll your feet on tennis or golf balls to alleviate arch pain, but here’s a great tip – FREEZE THE GOLF BALLS!
Hope some of these tips help!
Are there any specific muscles you’d like me to address?
Let me know and I’d be happy to share some yoga poses that may help!