With just eight days to go, participants everywhere will be training hard in the run-up (pardon the pun) to the London Marathon. Plenty of runners swear by music to help keep the pace – but what to listen to?
Joining a running club seemed like a great way to keep fit and meet new people when I first moved to Knebworth in Hertfordshire. Who knew that just 12 months later, I’d be training hard to run my first London marathon for Macmillan? That means squeezing in seven-mile runs around my busy IT job at Ocado!
Now I’m no spring chicken and training for a marathon is tough to say the least. But luckily for me my work colleagues have been super-supportive and after discovering I was running the marathon they decided to give me some sporty products to test. All I have to do is share my opinions with you and this week they’re all about foot care.
First up, are plasters and having learnt the hard way with some pretty impressive blisters I never leave the house without putting them on. For me, Compeed are the best by far because I can run 20 miles in them and they don’t move or scrunch up like some others do. If you’re looking for something a bit thinner and less obvious to wear with strappy shoes after a run though, you might want to try Elastoplast.
My most surprising discovery this week is Pretty Polly socks, as like most people, I associate them with stockings. Nevertheless, I’ve been wearing their socks with my shorts nearly every day now the spring weather has set in and love the way the bright colours and cute logo match my trainers. Besides looking pretty though they really do feel soft to run in and are thin enough to keep my feet cool and comfortable the whole time.
But my absolute top tip has got to be treating your feet to a good blast of scented foot spray after a long run. I keep mine in the fridge to make sure it’s always nice and cool, and love spraying it on when I sit down to relax. Right now I can’t imagine anything better than doing that with my first marathon under my belt!
Anne Marie Neatham
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In next week’s blog, find out what Anne Marie thinks of the Sports Nutrition products she’s been given to keep her energy levels topped up for training.