Posted: 09/12/2014 at 21:34
Burts bees wax hand cream on the feet every night 3 days before a long ultra.
Same on day of race.
First Spine race was dry so used talk during the race . Medicated talk for the full Spine as immune system gets hammered leaving you v prone to athletes foot.
Second Spine. wax only with Army Surplus waterproof socks and two pairs of merino blend socks under the waterproof socks.
I always run ultras with a min of two pairs of socks.
Blisters not a problem for me. But Spine Medic Team hate compeed type blister plasters. Compeeds weld them self to your foot after 24 hrs and can cause secondary blisters around their edges. After 24 hrs removing them can tear what was healthy skin letting in infection.
Spine medics use small patches of shaped mole skin held in place with Kinesio tape.
So for short races perhaps compeed but long ultras no way.
One other thing, 6 days of Spine racing leads to scary foot swelling compared with a 100 miler. you need at least one size up and add an extra insole at the start to take up the slack before the real swelling begins. And elevate feet as often as possible (sleep sessions with feet above head)