Toya's Tuesday Tips!
PROPER RUNNING SOCKS – PREVENT BLISTERS
Picking proper running socks is almost as important as choosing the right running shoes!
Wearing the wrong socks can ruin a run or a race due to blisters. The cure is wearing the proper technical running sock. Technical running socks are designed for running. They will keep your feet mostly dry and comfortable; add a bit of support, give rear foot padding and even a touch of cushioning.
While running, you generate plenty of heat and sweat and generic cotton socks absorb that moisture and retain it against your feet. Inevitably, this results in heavy, soggy socks which is the perfect breeding ground for blisters and bacteria.
Instead, you need technical running socks made out of synthetic fibers that wick moisture away from the foot to keep it relatively dry. Wicking is a term which means the socks move moisture away from your feet to the outside of the shoe where it evaporates. This keeps your feet dry and eliminating the friction that causes blisters. Good technical running socks are made from synthetic fibers such as acrylic, nylon or polyester or a blend of natural fibers (wool and cotton) and synthetics.
DO NOT BUY SOCKS THAT ARE 100% COTTON!!
There are plenty of different types and brands to choose from, but the most important aspect of buying the right running sock is fit. If the socks are too big, they will bunch in your shoes. Too small and your toes will get squished. If the socks fit loosely, your heels will slip. The socks should also fit your shoes well. If your shoes are a little narrow, you don't want to buy an especially thick pair of socks that will take up more room. Conversely, if your shoes are slightly on the wide side, a thick pair of socks can take up extra room and provide a better all-around fit.
Milestone Running, Movin Shoes, and Road Runner Sports have a variety of technical socks to choose from.