Somewhere around mile 6 of my first half marathon race I felt them forming, a runner’s worst nightmare: blisters. With more then half of the race still in front of me, I had quarter-sized blisters forming on the bottom of both feet.
After the race, I sat down frustrated with my coach and examined my tender feet. My coach took one look at the blisters and diagnosed the problem—bad socks. I had chosen an undisclosed-non-running-brand of socks that did not wick away moisture. As the moisture accumulated, the socks began to turn into a layer of sandpaper that rested between my feet and my racing flats. Since then, I am extremely particular about the socks I run in.
If you have never tried running in socks that are specifically designed for running you will be shocked by the difference they can make. Sliding your feet into a new pair of running socks is pure bliss. Wearing both new running shoes and new socks is pure heaven—you might as well be running on white fluffy clouds.
But, just as every runner needs to figure out what type of running shoe works best for his or her stride, every runner should choose which style of running sock works best. To help you find your perfect sock, I created the official sock-it-to-me sock guide. I will note, however, that these are just some of my favorites: the Infiniti Double Tab, Infiniti Quarter, low-cut Wool/Bamboo Infiniti and Wool/Bamboo Infiniti with added length. For more options, check out Brooks complete collection of running socks for men and for women at www.brooksrunning.com. …Good-bye blisters, hello running on air!
Which socks do you like most? Thick or Thin?
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