Ok so it is never fun to come back from a run and find blood all over your sock.
I’ve had a few blisters in the past but have never had this sort of situation. I’m going to need to figure this out ASAP. Both blisters and chafing are very common in the summer with increased perspiration.
According to Runner’s World:
- “Moisten your feet. Just like sweaty skin, dry skin is also more prone to friction. Use skin creams and lotions liberally on a daily basis to maintain proper moisture.
- Choose blister-free socks. Synthetic socks wick moisture away from the skin. Cotton may be lighter, but it retains fluid. Socks with reinforced heels and toes also help reduce friction.
- Run with slick skin. Coat your feet with Vaseline or another lubricant before you run. Or use Second Skin, a padded tape that stays on even when wet. Both methods form a protective shield between your skin and sock.
- Double up. Wear two pairs of socks so the friction occurs between the two socks, rather than between the sock and skin. If your shoe now feels too tight, go up a half-size as long as your foot doesn’t slide around, making blisters a possibility.
- Wear shoes and socks that fit. Shoes that are too small will cause blisters under the toes and on the ends of the toenails. There should be a thumbs width of space between the toes and end of the toe box. Your socks should fit smoothly, with no extra fabric at the toes or heels.” (Runner’s World)
Related to Blisters is the dreaded Chafing-skin irritations caused by friction. This can present as a rash like irritation anywhere the skin rubs especially common on thighs, under sports bras, arms or nipples. When skin is exposed to prolonged chafing common on a long run or race, bleeding or scarring can occur.
I will never forget the pain I experienced after the Vegas Rock n Roll half when I stepped into the shower. I didn’t realize that my sports bra had been rubbing for 2 plus hours and was actually bleeding. Ouch!
Since then, I have been using either Body Glide or Hoo Ha ride glide(chamois cream) under my sports bra and this seems to stop the chafing. I’ve found that putting Vaseline or Aquaphor on my feet keeps them from getting too dry.
Any tips for me? How do you combat chafing and blisters? Do you wear different socks in the summer?