I often get questions such as “What is the one thing you knew when you were starting running” or “what have you learned since running”…
There are multiple things I have learned from running. Some are running related and some are life related. Some are things people roll their eyes and probably will say “I told you so Hollie”. Some are point blank cluelessness. File this under the last category.
When I first started running I would run in any sort of sock I felt like. Cotton socks, Keds socks, cheapo dollar tree socks, no socks, skateboard cool roxy socks…whatever I had was what I ran in. I would get a lot of blisters. Not just any kind of blisters but blisters that made my feet rank in probably the top 5 most uncute feet in the history of feet. (Whatever that means). I’m not going to post photos but know that on multiple occasions my entire foot was a blister.
I never really realized why this was. This process went around for the first 2 years of running. Two years or running and I routinely made this mistake. I never really cared enough to look into it. I thought blisters (like missing toenails) were just something you got with running.
One day my parents bought me a nice pair of socks. My mom saw them on sale and they said “running socks” and so she bought them for me. I never realized (honestly) what the difference a good pair of socks could make. I felt like I had gotten new running shoes…every time I wore a good pair of socks.
These socks eventually led me to multiple brands of socks and yet another way to make running more expnesive than it needs to be. Cotton socks are 8 pairs for 10 dollars at walmart. Good thing each pair of running socks retails for at least 10 dollars.
The two brands of socks I personally enjoy are Injinji and Feetures.
You might have seen these before and thought toe socks? Isn’t that so 1999? I do remember having toe socks in early middle school because they were a trend. I actually didn’t like them. It felt weird to have something between my toes. (Don’t get me started on toe shoes either…).
After getting some of the worst blisters in training this summer I saw an ad that said “reduce blisters between your toes” which is exactly what I needed. Since wearing iniji’s I no longer have blisters between my toes. (I’m not saying my toes are up to par to get a peticure but they have taken good care of my feet.
I’ve worn these the longest. They were my “upgrade” from cotton socks at walmart. They come in plenty of different colors from floursent yellow to orange. I don’t have a lot to say but they are your standard running sock. My feet don’t blister, they are comfortable and come in a variaty of different cushions.
So yes, I am 100% glad I learned that life lesson about running socks. I have almost gotten rid of all my cotton socks but I know there are still a few in the wardrobe mix.
Random but I was also nominated for the greatest female running blog of all time. If I win I get a little ribbon to stick on my sidebar…HA anyways the votes are me: 25%, my opponent 75% (out of possibly 100 votes?) but you never know…maybe I’ll make it out of round 1! So if you wanted to vote that would be excellent.
Questions for you:
What is a running clothes related issue you have learned?
I’ll say chaffing for another day.
What is your favorite type of workout sock?