Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Treat yo' Feet {Product Review}

You know by now that running makes my heart go vroom, as do all things natural, so when Trusted Health Products, Inc. reached out to me to try out and review The Runner's Choice, an all-natural running product aimed at easing the discomfort of sore feet, I was all about it!


Lots and lots of runner's feet in this household!

According to the manufacturer, The Runner's Choice is a scientifically formulated liquid that was designed with the needs of runners and people who spend a great deal of time on their feet in mind.  It contains 100% natural botanical oils of almond, eucalyptus, wintergreen, peppermint and spearmint and is applied to the feet immediately before and after running or spending long periods of time on your feet.  The manufacturer recommends applying The Runner's Choice by coating the bottom of the feet, the areas between and on top of the toes, and up to two inches above the ankles for best results. 

My first impression of the product was that it has quite a strong smell...  The smell isn't unpleasant as such (it smells similar to many commercial creams and lotions used by athletes to ease aches and pains), but it's definitely on the strong side and made me just a tad self-conscious to use the product for group runs.  Will confirmed my suspicion when I walked past him, all oiled up and ready to go: "You smell like a rugby player".  So there you have it.


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My second concern was that, being oil-based, the product would stain my running gear/clothes.   So far I've managed to avoid any spills, but I do make 100% sure that I wash my hands after application and keep my hands and feet well away from any clothing to avoid fatty stains, since there is a bit of an oily residue after application.

I tried out The Runner's Choice on most of my (solo) long runs in preparation for the 2015 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, the longest which measured 20+ km, and must say that I looked forward to that revitalised feeling after application every time.  Did it give me "the power to excel", as the product's tag line suggests?  I'm not too sure.  A long run is still a long run and my feet were pretty sore and tired after each one, despite generous applications of the product.

My verdict?  A refreshing, natural treat for sore and tired feed, but don't expect miracles.  Long runs still hurt and, in my opinion, hard and consistent training, enough rest and proper nutrition is still the best way to excel in running.      



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