Good Luck at the Ragnar this weekend, Kristina!

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On your mark, get set, go! This Friday and Saturday, our esteemed Director of Sales and Operations Kristina will be running the Ragnar Relay in Washington. The 200 mile relay is no small feat, but just like she’s always ready to take on a challenge at work, she’s ready for the race.

This will be her first relay, and her first race of this distance. She and her husband are competing with a team of 10 others. In her first leg, she’ll run eight and a half miles. Then six and a half miles, then three and a half. Whew!

The course runs from the town of Blaine, Washington to Langley, Washington. Runners race throughout the day and night and tag-team each other after each leg of the race. Participants sleep in a van that travels along the course carrying the rest of the team, supplies, and snacks. This feeling of community is central to the Ragnar philosophy as well as the Good Feet family.

Kristina’s been building up training slowly, and after a 10k two weekends before the race, she said she feels more confident about the Ragnar. She trains with her Good Feet Flex supports and will wear them during the race, too. She says the supports have improved her athletic performance, and she considers them a must even when she’s not training or racing.

Go Kristina! Good Feet is rooting for you!

 

Fun in the Sun with Baseball

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It’s summer! The birds are chirping, the lawnmowers are whirring, and in parks everywhere, people are swinging baseball bats. Whether you play or watch, baseball is a team sport. From a relaxed game of catch in the backyard to an intense MLB game, the sport combines plenty of physical activity and a sense of community.

Get the most out of practice by steering clear of injury. According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), “overuse or excessive training may sideline some athletes with achilles tendinopathy or heel pain [like] plantar fasciitis.” Cleats can also be problematic if fitted improperly. An even more common injury is ingrown toenails, especially for pitchers and catchers, says ACFAS. Take time to stretch with your team or catching buddy after playing and make sure your shoes fit properly. If your child is starting to get into the sport, it may help to have them professionally fitted for shoes.

Look for footwear that has:

  • Stable upper material
  • Hard exterior. Leather is preferable
  • Firm heel counter (the back of the shoe that cups the heel and achilles tendon)

And don’t forget your baseball hat! A hat will keep the sun off your face so you don’t have to worry about getting sunburned, and it also can help you see fly balls. Sounds like a win-win.

Healthy Home Tips

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It’s healthy homes month! According to The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Americans spend two thirds of their time in a residence. Having a healthy home is a vital aspect of being healthy, and it doesn’t have to be hard. Try these easy-to-implement tips this June. It’s easy to be make a home healthy.

1: Crack a window. Check the forecast the night before and if there is no rain predicted, open your windows. A cross-draft will help freshen your home, which can eliminate the need for artificial air fresheners.

2: Traditional home cleaners can have a lot of chemicals. Take precautions with a face mask and fully air out any space after cleaning. Or better yet, make your own cleaning supplies! Follow this recipe for a versatile cleaner. Simply combine the ingredients in a spray bottle:

  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dish soap
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops tea tree essential oil

3: Set up some chairs on your porch or lawn and bring the inside outside. A healthy home doesn’t stop at your doorstep! Instead of relaxing on the couch, try doing it outside.

Walk It Off!

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Clouds never keep Oregonians from experiencing the outdoors. Last Wednesday, community members came out to enjoy the cloudy but warm afternoon for Walk It Off in Eugene hosted by 94.5 Mix FM, which occurs each Wednesday at Alton Baker Park during the summer. It’s a chance for people to get exercise, see friends, and have some fun in the sun (or shade!).

The program is completely free and begins at 5pm every Wednesday–perfect for folks who want to get some exercise after work. The event also welcomes runners and joggers. Each Wednesday has a different theme, and last Wednesday night the walk was superhero themed. One participant wore a sleek cat woman suit, and another dressed as superman. Two corgis trotted alongside their owner, proudly sporting superhero t-shirts.  One of them also sported a sparkly tutu. Everyone looked happy to be out.

Why Walk It Off? Walking is a low-impact exercise that can have a high impact on health. It helps to reduce stress and improve fitness levels. 20 minutes a day can noticeably improve mood and help maintain flexibility so you can be ready for whatever comes your way.

Walk It Off is more than just a fitness event. The amount of people who chatted together as they began their walk signifies that Walk It Off is an important part of the Eugene community. Though people were excited to be outside and were ready to walk, they were just as excited about the opportunity to take in the afternoon together.

One woman who stopped to check out a sponsor booth said she’s been walking every Wednesday for a couple of years. It’s a summer ritual for her. She goes with her husband and while he enjoys the event from a seat in the shade, she takes a lap around the park. Afterwards, they go to dinner together. They both enjoy the social aspect of their Wednesday evenings.

Good Feet is happy to sponsor this fun-filled weekly event and invites you to stop by The Good Feet Store table to say “hi” at the next Walk It Off!