When I first started running I hadn’t a clue about what kind of kit I needed. When I ran my first race I had a terrible time with brand new trainers, old shorts and not so great socks. I came away with blisters and vowing to learn from the experience although it took me a while and a number of blisters and trying out of different socks to get it right.
My socks were either too thick, too thin, too old and a number of races later I was still finding that I was having problems. I changed running shoes a number of times, found shoes I was happy with and then went to work on socks.
Here in Australia I explored the sports shops when I first arrived as i had all sorts of problems such as blisters on my arch, toes and it was a real pain. My wandering around and researching meant I finally found socks I was happy with and they are by Light Feet. They are awesome colours (not so important!) and they have cushioning in all the right areas. They also seem to absorb moisture to help prevent blisters. I like the fact that there is a left and a right. At $35 a pair they are not the cheapest but I have to say since using them in the last four years being here in Australia I haven’t had blisters – yay
Tips for avoiding blisters and sock issues
I thought I would give a few tips for if you have just started out running that might help you to avoid blisters and sock issues based on my experience:
1. Wear a decent running shoe that fits well to your foot
2. Don’t go cheap on your running socks – you get what you pay for and you might be one of the lucky ones that never has an issue but a lot of people struggle with blisters when not having cushioning in the right areas on the foot especially when doing a lot of mileage. Find socks that are not 100% cotton as they can keep the moisture in and cause blisters.
3. Have some Compeed or equivalent to hand. Compeed got me through training sessions in the UK when I did a lot of running in wetter conditions and ended up with blisters. They are like a second skin and mean you can still train if you are unfortunate enough to get blisters.
You may have other tips to share about socks – feel free to comment below as this is just my experience 🙂