Now that I'm back in the swing of regular running, my feet have been taking a beat down once again. They're generally sore and usually quite tired after a run. I usually roll them out with an accuball massage ball and that helps but sometimes they need a bit more TLC.
When Trusted Health products asked me if I'd like to try The Runner's Choice Foot Oil, I checked out the list of ingredients as well as the reviews and thought "Why not, it sounds interesting." I don't normally use any sort of lotions or topical treatments for my feet. If they are sore, I soak them in hot water with a bit of epsom salts but I thought it would be nice to try something different. The Runner's Choice foot oil is formulated with 100% natural botanical oils of almond, eucalyptus eucalyptol, wintergreen, peppermint, and spearmint. As soon as I opened the bottle, I could smell the eucalyptus and peppermint. I quite like the scent. I didn't find it overpowering at all.
I decided to test it out on a day where I knew that I was going to be on my feet for a good 10-12 hours. The directions require you to completely coat your feet up to your ankles with the oil. I made sure I did this in the bathroom so I wasn't touching any hardwood or carpet just in case the oil stained. The directions say not to rub it in, that the oil will absorb into your pores. I sat for a bit hoping it would soak in quickly but it didn't so I pulled my socks on, laced up my shoes and went to work. My feet felt tingly and fresh for the first few hours of my day. By the end of the day my feet were tired but not as sore as I thought they'd be. I used it again the next day with the same results.
I meant to use it on my runs but I always seemed to be in a rush to get out of the house or I'd forget to bring it with me when doing an evening run with my group or off the bike. My feet don't normally start to hurt or get tired unless I'm running more than 20km, which I haven't been doing this year. So, I've ended up using it as a post run treat for my feet. The menthol and mint combo really makes my feet feel great and because it's an oil, it leaves my feet feeling smooth, which is a miracle in itself. I do wish it absorbed a bit faster but other than that, I like it.
Once I start ramping up my mileage again, I'll test it out on my longer runs. #STWM isn't too far off so it's time to get back into the swing of things. I'm planning on some over distance training if my legs cooperate so I'll give this a whirl on those longer distance runs.
Disclaimer: I was provided a free bottle of Runner's Choice Foot Oil in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.