Posted: 03/12/2014 at 09:24
(I've also posted this in helath/injury to capture as many people as possible) I am in the process of gathering data across the wider running community, from weekend warrior to elite athlete, in an attempt to find out what foot preparation runners undertake before and during an event. This can be the day of the event or the weeks and months of prep that is put in before the event. Are you a fan of surgical spirit, or do you rather wax your feet? Is talc your go to prep? Do you tape your feet, and if so what do you use (Duct tape, Gaffa Tape, Zinc oxide tape, Kinesiology tape, cellotape! (please no)). Socks - none, one pair, two pairs, waterproof? How do you cope with blistering? How do you cope with blistering in a multi day event? In multi day events, how do your feet stand up to the extreme enviorments (eg, desert, jungle, the north).
The reason for this is that I have seen runners from all types of events from a jog round the block, to eventers from the Marathon des Sables or The Spine Race and everyones advice is different. There are so many myths out there as to what works and what doesn't and the variation between runners is huge.
Please share with me what has worked for you....and what definitely hasn't....I look forward to your responses.