The last few races, I have been experimenting with blister prevention. Blisters were never a problem until I started running ultras. I remember getting a few in high school, but I never wore socks back then so that made sense. My first ultra, Devil Mountain 50, beat my feet up pretty bad. I even stopped to get a rock out of my shoe around mile 40, couldn't find the darn thing; it was a heel blister not a rock. Didn’t realize until the next morning. See photo here.
This photo was taken hours after the Quadrock.
During Quadrock, my 2nd 50 miler, I tweaked my plan a bit. Quadrock was an awesome race, and also a gear test for Leadville. It worked out as planned with only a few blisters appearing, but for the most part minor. You can see a slight bruise from power kicking a rock as I was running down hill. I said a few choice words. It hurt, really hurt and slowed me down a bit, but what could I do with 30 miles to go.
At this point I would change a thing. Well, I guess I would put on a new pair of socks instead of putting on the dirty ones, but that is about it.
This is what I did to improve my foot “wear” . . .
1st. Using a a large plastic baggie, I applied Vaseline to my feet. *Easy to apply and kept my hands clean.
2nd. Wore a pair of Injinji Lightweight Mini-Crew Toesocks. GREAT!
3rd. Wore a second pair of very thin socks, Wigwam Ironman Triathlete Pro Low-Cut Socks, over the toesocks. *It helps to reduce friction.
At the the 25 mile aide station, I repeated.
Two weeks later, my toes looked like this. This is what happens when you kick a rock while running down hill. The toe didn’t effect my running, because it only hurt for a few days and only when someone stepped on it; I have kids.