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Running is one of my passions but when aches and pains take over, that joy can quickly diminish. In general, this type of exercise is my escape from a place that can sometimes be chaotic. As a wife, the mom of two girls, a small business owner and blogger, life can be hectic! But when my feet hit the ground for a run, I release all the worries and my day makes sense. What happens, however, when every time one foot hits the ground the pain intensifies?

I’ve never been a girl to sit still; I always have my hand in a different pot! ‘Slow down’ and ‘sit still’ are simply not in my vocabulary. When I trained for my first 10 km run, I took it very seriously. I committed to running 5 days a week. When it rained, I put on a coat and got it done. If I simply didn’t feel like it, I pulled up my socks and pushed harder. When the pain from inflammation was too much, I took MOTRIN® Platinum Muscle & Body and ran through my lessened pain!

Ever since I was a young girl, sports were my go-to. When people told me I was too small or not strong enough, I tried harder. I had brothers who taught me that giving up was something we didn’t do! I earned every sports position that I wanted because I pushed. After years 10 years of athletics, my feet suffered immensely. I had my feet examined by a podiatrist who had explained rubbing tendons in my feet were causing the inflammation and pain. There was an exact term for this but I was young and invincible and like other invincible young people, I didn’t listen. He advised I try some ibuprofen – such as MOTRIN® Liquid Gels – when the pain from inflammation became unbearable and to stop wearing flip-flops. Wisely, he instructed me to “be kind to my feet, for they are the only feet you will ever have!”

For the most part, my stubbornness took over and I ignored the pain. However, after having two children, ignorance is not something I have time for. My kids need me to take care of myself. I traded in my flip-flops for practical shoes and I now train responsibly.

I began researching different methods to cope with pain from inflammation in my feet and legs. Learning that taking an over-the-counter medication such as MOTRIN® Platinum Muscle & Body, along with a few repetitions with my foam roller and a thorough stretch, my body recovers much more quickly. I also try to drink plenty of water and wear proper shoes. All of these tools will propel me the distance I need to go in the upcoming Color Me Rad Race in North Vancouver on June 18th. After the run, I’ll be looking for the MOTRIN® Recovery Zone after the race in order to sign up for a MOTRIN® Liquid Gel trial offer. If you’re there that day, be sure to look for the Recovery Zone so we can congratulate each other!

Don’t let pain be your excuse for not participating! With MOTRIN®, you no longer need to sit on the sidelines. Use this $3 off Coupon to get your MOTRIN® and come out for some good colourful fun on June 18th, 2017!

This post has been generously sponsored by the makers of MOTRIN® Liquid Gels but the opinions expressed are my own.

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Janette Shearer is a Vancouver based mommy blogger formerly known as Vancity Mommy D, now blogging at Ava to Zoe, giving you a safe place to embrace everything that is Mom Life, the good, the bad and the Crazy!