My Year To Thrive

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I Need Band-Aids: Proof That I’m A Runner!


“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” 
~George Eliot (Good Reads)

My foot wrapped in duct tape to protect a blister while I ran.

That’s my foot.

Got ready to go running last night & discovered the big blister I had from Wednesday was still hanging around.  Blah.  I had already waited out a lightning storm, a blister was not going to stop me! Rawr!  I’m making really good progress on my 3mi goal, so super psyched about running these days.

My first instinct was to cover it with a band-aid, but alas I could only find teeny tiny band-aids & giant adhesive patches:(  What to do? What to do?  Aha!  I folded up some paper towel, slathered it in vaseline & neosporin, then duct-taped it to my foot.  As you can see, I used a lot of duct-tape, too.  It never budged & my blister actually looked better when I was done.  I felt so runnery running around in my taped up blister foot.

I couldn’t remember if I had read that somewhere or just made it up, so when I got home I did a search to see just how far off the bubble my idea was.  Turns out, it’s a pretty common practice.  I decided to share a few links on the issue of dealing with blisters.

First, My Running Doc, written by a podiatrist & runner, has a very informative post on blisters & when to pop: To Pop or Not To Pop: Blister treatment for runners explained by San Francisco’s Running Podiatrist

Live Strong: How To Run With A Blister

Ask MetaFilter: How I can best protect my huge blisters so that tomorrow I can run a 10K in relative comfort?

eHow: How to Deal With a Blister When Running

Runners World: Send Blisters Running (a review of blister prevention/relief products & a how-to on popping blisters.  I just realized it’s from 2004, but could still be relevant.)


Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

3 thoughts on “I Need Band-Aids: Proof That I’m A Runner!

  1. Pingback: Weekly Running Update: Sept.17- 23 « My Year To Thrive

  2. Argh! I wrote a big comment and it got eaten… I have a couple blister horror stories, but I won’t share them. My advice on prevention: running socks (no cotton, or I’ll get all Mommie Dearest on you) and Body Glide. I love my Balega socks! Ever since I switched, I haven’t had a blister! And any time I’ll be out for more than an hour, I slather Body Glide on some key areas. (Vaseline works too, but it evenually gets absorbed into your skin)

    • If not cotton? What else will socks be made of??? I don’t even know what my socks are made of. My favorites are some I think Nike socks I got at TJ Maxx & pretty much the rest are from Walmart.

      I think my shoe was too loose Wednesday. I’m just at 4mi now, & that’s not a new distance so I don’t usually get blisters. Maybe my feet are shrinking.

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