OMG, I wish I knew this a long time ago. It would have saved me so many years fo misery.
It was once said by an artist with an afro, “Trees cover a multitude of sins.” They do. But their brittle leaves conceal a deadly slew of treacherous sharp blades, dirty syringes, and filthy goop.
Don’t step into pain and misery this fall. Learn to spot the Top Dangers Lurking Under the Fallen Leaves.
- Rusted Screws & Nails & Hypodermics
The curb is a magic magnet for the remains of backyard mechanics, lusty teenage lovers, and pock ridden junkis or cheap-ass diabetics who refuse to use sharps containers. The refreshing scent of wet pavement has glazed the sharp points of nails, screws, and metal shavings with a lethal dose of tetanus inducing rust. It’s not a bad idea to be up to date on your tetanus shots.
- Slimy, Wet Rubbers, Minty, Brown Spit, and Squishy, Sticky Feces
Sleazy leaves hug the nastiest filth imaginable. A leaf that clings to the pavement in the breeze conceals a disgusting surprise.
- Pain Pyramids & Rocks & Action Figures
Pain pyramids are arrowhead pebbles that have shaped themselves into stone spikes with a sharp point on every tip. Landing on them will blast a four letter bolt of pain from your toes through your mouth. Hitting a rock or hard packed plastic object with a naked foot usually isn’t too discomforting, until it turns into a seemingly inexplicable dull pain on the top of your foot or into a marble sized bruise in the ball of your foot, both of which will delicately embed an annoying ache in your foot–the same way listening to One Direction or Mit Romney effectively places an annoying ache in your brain.
What’s a barefoot runner to do?
- Avoid stepping on raised leaves.
- Trail Run instead of running on the streets.
- Stay away from curbs and other drainage areas.
- Wear —> Sandals or minimalist shoes when running on paved roads.
- Be Current with Your Tetanus Shot.
- Vote for Obama or help me move to France
The good news is that the universe has blessed most barefoot runner’s with an amazingly strong set of feet. Anyone who has spent a summer running barefoot on concrete will have a near indestructible hide on their sole. I have accidentally stepped on broken bottle shards, nails, and screws without injury.
May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease.
- Blood Freeze: Ice Bucket Bath
Freeze inflammation in its tracks using the ice-bath body hack. Ice baths may hurt at first, but they ease the ache over time. This natural remedy for pain is much safer than over the counter drugs. Best of all it’s a body hack. The cold bath fools your body. When you step from the cold, the circulatory system thinks there is an urgent emergency and floods the cold body part with a warm healing rush of blood. The extra blood flow speeds the healing process. This is the only form of homeopathy your doctor will approve. But it is homeopathy. The cryotherapy mimics injury, thereby kick-starting the healing process.
Guidelines for Cold Water Recovery
- Protect the Skin.
Do not put ice directly on your skin; use a plastic bag or towel to buffer the chill.
- No longer than 20 Minutes.
- Red means STOP.
- At least 10 minutes for muscle aches. It takes the cold about 10 minutes to reach your deeper muscles; so it’s a good idea to apply cold for at least 10 minutes.
- Wait 2 hours before you REPEAT THE ICE.
- Protect the Skin.
- Rolling Pin
I’ve posted about this trick before. But no one read the post. This secret works so dang well that I decided to re-post it here. The rolling pin breaks up scar tissue, increases circulation, and leaves your muscles refreshed. It will reveal tightness in spots you thought were fine. Firmly it roll over your lower leg. I start rolling from Achilles up to my calf. Then I move to my ankle over my shin up to my knee. I find a lot of hidden tension in my tibialis anterior. Don’t MASSAGE OVER VARICOSE VEINS.
- Chia Seeds & Other Anti-Inflammatory Foods
These foods aren’t as potent as the over counter drugs, but there not as harmful either. The following edibles contain natural anti-inflammatory agents.
- Chia Seeds
- Garlic Powder (1 teaspoon)
- Cayenne Powder (1 teaspoon)
- Ginger, ground (1 teaspoon)
- Spinach, cooked (1 cup)
- Carrots, chopped and raw (1 cup)
Pain can be your friend. It tells you when you’ve done too much. Without this crucial alarm signal, the body cannot communicate effectively.
Do you have any tips for speedy recovery?
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