Thursday, July 7, 2016

Product Review: Ironman Recovery Sandals (aka Happy Hour for Your Feet)

We all have our post-long run or post race rituals -  those things that make us feel a bit human again after we have been beating up our bodies for a few hours.

For me, recovery typically includes coffee (unless it is a race, then beer because...well, it's beer), and some sort of egg thing. My favorite is a fried egg with cheese on an everything bagel and pressed on the panini maker. We call it the "press" around here. As in, "KEN! Make me a freaking press before I miss the window for getting my post-run protein!"

Also - if there is a freezing body of mountain water I will soak in that.

And, then the leg drain. Because it feels good and allows Heidi to spoon my head.

But, probably my most favorite thing to do after a long run or race is put on flip flops. There is something so refreshing about removing those hot, stinky, sweaty shoes and socks and putting on the flops. I think you know what I mean.

Truth be told, the only thing better than your ordinary, boring flip flop is putting on these:

The Ironman Women's Spenco Recovery Sandal.

These are the Mercedes/Lexus/BMW of recovery sandals. They have slight arch support and controls to stop foot odor. The foot bed provides nice, soft, soothing support. They are breathable and lightweight, the opposite of running shoes, which is the point. Just as you wouldn't run in recovery sandals, you shouldn't recover in running shoes.

Since I got these babies I have worn no other shoe after a run. I stick them in my car before driving to the trail head for a long run (like last weekend's 16 miler) and they are waiting for me when I get back, all tired/sore/sweaty. After the impact and stress of running far, these simply make my feet happy.

Here's the order of events:

Run far:

Recover well:

We runners need to care for our feet - bottom line. This includes wearing shoes that minimize the damage of beating up our feet and support recovery.

What's one post long run or race ritual you have?

Do you wear recovery sandals? Why or why not?


Ironman sent me the product for review, but all opinions are my own


  1. I use Oofos for recovery. I love them. So does my puppy, which is why I keep them up on the kitchen stools. She wants everything that's mine.

  2. I'm an Oofos girl. There is usually an obscene sounding moan when I put them on, I ain't gonna lie.
    "I'll have what she's having."

  3. I usually drink a protein shake and eat a handful of almonds after a run. Those sandals look really comfortable. I need a new pair. I might have to look for those. Have a terrific weekend!

  4. I must be old fashion but my post-run ritual is I usually just grab my slippers after a quick yoga practice stretch routine (10 minutes) and a shower. Plus I love sipping on my chocolate protein shake during that magical 30 minutes right after my run. Your egg dish sounds yummy!

  5. I'm in the Oofos camp, too! Post race I always want something salty. The Honolulu Marathon had bananas and malasadas - a hot, fried ball of dough? Sounds great, but my stomach didn't care for it. Goldfish crackers or pretzels help settle my stomach after a tough effort. Then I'm looking for real food.

  6. I pretty much wear my flip flops or go barefoot, exclusively when I am not in my running shoes...Ulukai is the brand I choose. I think IM gear is cheaply made and doesn't last.
    Post long workout ritual (mountain biking especially) barbecue fritos and diet Dr. Pepper... Cheryl

  7. When running, i often wear Nike shoes. It is pretty comfortable. ^^ Looking at these photos, it seems you to care for your feet. Actually, with runners, the feet is important. me,too...

  8. I like my 110% compression shorts with the pockets for ice and a nice pair of flip flops!

  9. Oofos! and some kind of protein :)

  10. Flip flops and beer are a must! I might have to try these although...... I'm so anal I'm not sure I would be comfortable with the Ironman logo never having done one. 😂

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