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I got my first official running injury in January. Ironically enough, it started with small blisters I got from walking around Disney. The little annoyances became a severe problem after continuous days of pounding the pavement during runDisney 'Dopey Challenge', a four day event equaling 48.6 miles (5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Full Marathon). My mom and I went to 4 different stores in Orlando searching for Moleskin, the only thing I knew that could help relieving the pain and uncomfort at this point. Apparently the 25,000+ other runners in town purchased all the Moleskin to be found. During the full marathon on day 4, around mile 8, I knew something was wrong - more severe than blisters. Instead of stopping at the medical tent, I pushed on. Around mile 20, it hurt more to walk than run, so I wobbled those final 6.2 miles to the finish line. The moment I finished, I had one thing in mind - find the medic tent. I was instructed to go see my PCP the next morning. The next day, my foot had doubled in size and those blisters turned into a bacterial infection called cellulitus, a diffuse inflammation of connective tissue.
relieving pain. This is the only over the counter drug handed out during a half marathon or full marathon at the medic tent. Instead of wasting time at a tent, I run with two 500mg Well at Walgreens Extra Strength fast release quick gels in my running belt. I also take one before I go to bed the night before a long distance event. Six hours post race, I will take a NSAID to reduce swelling.
In good news, I did survive the Dopey Challenge and came home with 6 brand new medals that weekend (3 of the 6 shown in the photo above). I also have been able to continue running but have to keep close attention to my toes.
With the upcoming wedding and trying to save for a house, we are cutting costs everywhere you look. One thing that I started a few months ago was purchasing private label products from stores. For the most part, I wouldn't know the difference if I didn't see the packaging. #WellAtWalgreens has an amazing lineup of products available and are pharmacy recommended - plus by purchasing one of these private label products will give back to your community and I am all about that. Walgreens Way to Well Commitment - Beginning February 1, 2011 through December 31, 2014, 1¢ from the purchase of every Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness product, up to $3 million annually, will support bringing preventative wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment®.
Do you have a travel wellness kit? If so, what is inside of it?