…I give them lots of TLC, especially when I go on long runs. My guy Simon Sandoval finished the recently held The North Face 100-Kilometer foot race, where his poor feet endured getting wet in the river crossings, rubbed by volcano ash, and beaten from the uphills and downhills of the offroad terrain. After 28 and a half hours of racing, his feet emerged from his socks (eight changes, by the way) without a single blister. His secret? A combination of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly and several swipes of Body Glide.
I’ve had the unfortunate incident of developing a really bad blister while running a half marathon. By kilometer 8, I felt a hot spot on the left arch of my foot, but I ignored it. Half way through, I knew the hot spot had turned into a full-grown blister, and I could feel the inner part of my shoe rubbing, rubbing, rubbing. But I kept running, running, running. Two kilometers from the finish line, I felt a pop. I dreaded to see the mess that I caused, and as I slowly removed my (gasp) bloodied sock, I saw a blister about the size of two five peso coins side by side. I learned two painful lessons that day: Smother my good old size 7s with the aforementioned anti-blistering products, and the moment you feel a hot spot forming, stop running, take off your shoes and socks, and apply more of those products. If you’re still not convinced, I’ll post a photo of my bloodied blister.