The fall marathon season has officially started. The summer months have been perfect for taking advantage of the longer days and piling up our mileage in anticipation for the “big race”. 26 Miles doesn’t just happen over night as you know, and although there are marathons almost every weekend somewhere in the country, many of us are fair weather runners and prefer the cooler temps for race day.
So as we count down for the big day we reflect on the past few months….We’ve put in many hours of training and cross training. Some of us even tried our hand at barefoot running (on our short runs of course) which was either a hit or a realization that barefoot running doesn’t happen overnight either. We’ve braved the wind, rain, and before-dawn runs. We’ve dodged dogs (on and off leash), negotiated unruly trails, iced sprains, and suffered through side stitches and sore muscles.
But for most of us, especially women, that’s not the worst of it. The dreaded “B” word has bullied us through the end of each run.bunions, they still scream at you loud and clear at then end of your run.
Aside from surgery, (which anyone who’s done any kind of research knows, is a suffer-fest all of its own) there’s no “cure”. Ice, ibuprofen, flip-flops, repeat… What’s a runner to do? Well, for starters there are running shoes that are slightly more forgiving and considerate for those large bony nubs; Brooks Defyance, Addidas Adistar Ride 2, New Balance 1123, 1012, and 587 (women) and 845 (men), Saucony Pro Grid Omni, and Women’s Pedors Vienna, just to name a few. But I know….we’re all so very devoted to our current running shoe brand as if it were a religion. So then what? Ice, Ibuprofen and repeat will only get you so far.
There’s a new player in the game of bunion treatment; Bunion Bootie (http://www.bunionbootie.com), and it’s perfect for runners! Super soft and flexible, easily worn in the running shoe (we swear!) for the long runs to prevent rubbing in your shoes. Wear it after a long run to sooth those tired and tense toes, and wear it to bed to counter those years of deformity while you sleep. It’s not painful, even if you do size-down as suggested on the website. Since all feet (and bunions) are not created equal, you can get it in the size and foot that is ideal for your bunion. If you baby your bunions you’ll be a happy finisher!
Try it and let us know how it goes but for those that have tried them, they are coming back in droves for more and loving their new bunion buddies!
- Is it Bunion Season? (bunionsupport.com)
- Barefoot Bunion Running? (bunionsupport.com)
- Bunion Bootie…The Newest Relief for Bunion Pain! (bunionsupport.com)
- Bunion Surgery? There Has to Be Another Way….. (bunionsupport.com)
- How do you treat YOUR bunions? 6 Home Remedies…. (bunionsupport.com)
- Hallux WHAT?!?! (bunionsupport.com)
- Bunion (Hallux Valgus) Treatment and Classification by Stage (bunionsupport.com)
- Can Your Diet Be Hurting Your Bunion? (bunionsupport.com)
- Athletic Shoes and Foot Wear for Sports – Try Running Barefoot! (menfightingfifty.wordpress.com)