Summer is heating up and boy have my legs been feeling it on my runs! Yesterday when I got back from my run my legs felt like lead and my feet literally felt like they were on fire!
I walked in the door, ripped off my shoes and socks and immediately went over to the wall, laid down and put my legs up the wall to help alleviate the pressure and reverse the blood flow.
When Jason came home I was telling him how frustrating the “hot, heavy feet” feeling on my runs was and without missing a beat he said, “you had Disney feet.”
Yes! Disney feet!
That is EXACTLY what I had! You know, that feeling when it’s 90 degrees out and you got to the parks at rope drop and it’s now almost time for fireworks and you’re wondering when your sneakers that were light and comfortable this morning turned to lead furnaces!?!
I don’t know about you, but when the weather starts to heat up, I start getting Disney feet on my runs and it’s even less fun than when it happens at Disney (you know…cause you’re not at Disney!).
Summer running calls for light, breathable socks! My personal favorites are the Swiftwick Aspire and Vibe, they’re nice and thin, but still have little bit of compression around the arch that I like (you can read my post about Swiftwick socks HERE!).
Compression socks are also a great way to decrease foot and lower leg swelling!
Park Appropriate: Wear light but supportive socks and sneakers when you’ll be on your feet all day! (Or disregard what you know is “good” for your feet and wear flip flops all day like I do…oops.)
Feet Up the Wall
It’s as easy as it sounds! Lie down next to a wall and swing your legs up so that your feet are elevated above your head to help reverse the blood flow (see photos above and below).
Park Appropriate: Well you may not exactly want to stop, drop and lie with your legs up a wall in the middle of Disney, but you can sure do this simple restorative yoga pose when you get back to your hotel like Jenn and I did after the Wine & Dine Half Marathon!
Even getting off your feet and sitting down for a bit will help though (you know, in one of those long running attractions with comfy seats and air conditioning…you know which ones I’m talking about!).
**In case you missed it you can check out my guest post on “Legs Up the Wall” on Running at Disney!**
Sometimes a cool shower or ice bath is just the thing to “re-set” my legs. Even just putting my feet in a few inches of cool water in the tub feels great after a hot run!
Park Appropriate: There’s water everywhere in Disney, kick off those shoes and jump on in! Just kidding! But even taking a break in an air conditioned building (especially if that air conditioned building happens to have some seats…) can really help to refresh your legs to keep you going from rope drop to fireworks!
Any other tips to relieve heavy legs after a run?
Favorite “get off your feet” attraction at Disney?
I’m just realizing that apparently I like to write about feet!
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