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Worst blisters ever!
on March 25, 2014
Update. April 8 2014.
I was thinking that it might be just a new me and I would get blisters no matter what I'm wearing so I ran half marathon wearing my trusted wrightsocks and carrying wide bandages in case I get more blisters. Weather was cool, shoes were the same but there were no blisters, even considering that skin on bottom of my feet was still damaged after that run in thorlos. I did check them one more time to make sure there is no foreign objects in there that might cause the damage and there were none...
I've been running endurance races (full and half marathons) for the last 10 years and tried a big number of different brand socks. My first ones were made from cotton and I would wear them inside out to have all stitches outside. Since then I went to wearing real running socks and when I first tried Wright socks brand with double layer I was a very happy runner. I would still get occasional blister after a very long run on a really warm day but nothing major. One day last year I went to a new running store opening and they were giving out thorlo socks as a part of their promotion. They looked cool and you get feeling of extra support inside your shoes. I ran in them short distances, up to 6 miles, and they felt fine except my feet were a bit warmer than usual after the run. For the long runs I was still wearing my Wrights until one day I've decided to wear thorlo for 10+ miles run. It was a cold and windy day (around 30F) and I was thinking that extra warmth from these socks won't be a problem. However around mile 6 I felt like I have bunched sock under my foot. I sat, took it off and found a big blister under the ball of my foot. There was no debris in the sock. I switched socks and after when I finished my run (another 6 miles) my both feet were hurting. When I got home I had that looked like a small pillow on the bottom of my feet, right at the ball of it. I had to walk on my toes until the end of that day. This never happened to me before, even with old fashioned cotton socks. Was it just a problem with a single sock, the way it was made? I don't know. I have another pair of thorlo socks, with silk, which I haven't tried for long distances so I might give it another try one day, not for the coming race though...