“If ignorance were bliss, he’d be a blister.”
The Hot Spot – These initially soft-spoken friction areas, can turn into the obnoxiously in-your-face blister if left unattended. Running with blisters definitely can remove some of the fun out of the run, so managing a hot spot early-on has rarely been a bad decision although I have likely ignored this advice on more than a few occasions. Still learning…
So what can you do if you are in the middle of a long training run or miles from potential support or drop bags in a race?
Well, this was my issue a couple weeks ago while enjoying some epic trail time with a good friend Matt. I rarely have blister issues but five miles into a 17 mile run I had created a whispering hot spot on the outer edge of my right heel. By mile seven, it was rather annoying. I tried various lacing adjustments, readjusted my socks, looked for a boulder positioned at the back of the shoe…nothing provided the continuous relief I was looking for.
After a brief regrouping at our vehicles, I dug through my run bag looking for some Body Glide or tape…nada. Fortunately, Matt dug though his center console and found an old tube of a lip therapy product. I gave it a try and rubbed a bit of the lubricant on the tender hot spot and my foot enjoyed the final 10 miles without any discomfort. Niiiiicccee!
So this got me thinking of a simple, small, low-cost setup that you could easily bring along during those longer runs or epic races and address those hot spots before they start yelling at you. Depending on the situation/individual, sometimes a lubricant will work best, other times a covering of some type will do the trick.
Welcome the portable two-for-one trail running hack – the Blister Control Kit.
- Purchase a tube of lip therapy. I would likely purchase one with ingredients I could actually pronounce.
- Wrap a few revolutions of your favorite tape (duct tape, etc) along the body of the tube.
- The transportation truck is not required…although fun!
- Then toss the tube in a handheld pocket, or some other pocket you likely have on your body and you have yourself a simple little self-care kit.
I know this lip lube easily upped the joy factor in the remainder of my run, maybe it can do the same for you.
What do you think?
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 03 May 2011
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