One of the first lessons that every new runner learns is that it’s important to have a good pair of running shoes. When I first started running, I scoffed at the idea of paying $100 for a pair of shoes. I quickly learned, however, that you can’t run properly in a pair of generic tennis shoes that you purchased at a buy-one-get-one-free sale. Damn.
I recently paid $150 for my latest pair of running shoes. I’ve drunk the running-is-all-about-the-shoes Kool-Aid, and I’m an addict. But that’s another blog post for another day.
Somehow along this running journey, however, I missed the tip about socks. More specifically, how it’s not a good idea to wear cotton socks. You know, the soft, cushy socks that feel like pillows on your feet. Until recently, I’ve loved my cotton socks. But then I did my first 8-mile run, and I decided that I would break in my new $150 pair of running shoes. Five miles into my run, I developed blisters on the bottom of both of my feet and I thought that it was from my new shoes. However, over the next couple of weeks, I noticed that I was only getting the blisters on my long runs, so I didn’t think it was my shoes. But it can’t possibly be my soft, cushy cotton socks that feel like pillows on my feet, can it? Say it isn’t so.
It’s so. When my running partner, bless her heart, found out I was wearing cotton socks to run in, she demanded that I stop what I’m doing RIGHT NOW, and get some different socks. So yesterday I went online to look at running socks – the kind that breathe and absorb moisture so that your feet stay dry and don’t develop blisters.
They were $17. $17?!?!? For a pair of socks?!?!?!? And I’m probably going to need more than one pair. Good grief.
On Friday, I will suck it up and buy me a good pair of running socks. I’m signed up for a 7-mile race on Saturday, and I definitely don’t want to get any blisters during that race. I may even buy me a couple of pairs.
Because running is all about the socks, right?