You may have heard that I ran the London Marathon? Ha. You really couldn’t miss it! Not only a really big deal for me to do that, but I also ran the marathon to raise money for RNIB, a charity close to my heart.
In the lead up to the marathon, I shared some pre-race foot prep tips for all runners. Of course, they were super long marathon run specific, but some of them are just clever pre-running foot preps tips and well worth your time – no matter what the race distance.
What to wear on post-race feet?
Post-race feet are likely to be sore, hot, sweaty and in need of a bit of TLC! Pack these items in your race bag to help immediately with your very tired (hopefully in one piece) feet:
- fresh pair of socks
- blister plasters
- pair of comfy shoes
- baby wipes (to clean those sweaty feet
I used Epsom salts after the marathon and soaked my feet that night to soothe them and give them some love. Highly recommend for any post-run feet.
Talc vs. vaseline?
For me, it’s talc but for many, vaseline is the way to go. Applying talc onto the feet for a longer run helps absorb the moisture being created by the feet working hard and sweating. Talc can also help reduce the risk of a blister as it provides a frictionless barrier between skin and sock.
Vaseline is used to reduce blistering as its applied all over the foot and then a sock applied. It can feel quite squishy but people swear by it to help keep blisters at bay!
Pre-race foot prep.
Show your feet some love the day before the marathon and take the time to give your feet attention. Use a spikey ball on the soles of the feet and try to be barefoot as much as possible to let the feet air and not have any pressure from shoes.
See your local podiatrist.
It’s important to check in with your local podiatrist about 1-2 weeks post race as we can check if things are settling down after the huge impact your feet and legs have had during the race! This one is particularly true for marathon runners, but equally if you have just run your first 10k race.