I've just read Steve Smythes article where he was answering questions re: marathon running and have a comment on the advice about Blisters.
In my opinion talc is only good for drying out the feet, which increases the likelihood of friction which dramatically increases the chances of blisters. And if you have talc in your shoes and it rains on the day it just forms lumps of goo!
I've completed 5 marathons and have been hill walking all over the world with the British Army. An old infantryman gave me the best piece of advice ever for avoiding blisters. It's so simple... Vaseline!
It's mentioned in the article but it's benefit can't be too highly praised.
You need to use quite a bit. Start by turning your socks inside out and spread liberally over the area where your toes will be, and heels if thats where you suffer, then turn them back the correct way. Next spread even more liberally in and around the toes and pad of the foot, and if necessary around the heel area. Finally get the socks on without disturbing too much of the vaseline already on your feet.
It feels a bit 'squidgy' at first but trust me you'll appreciate it by mile 18
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