Healthy Feet While Running in the Winter

>> Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I just wrote an article about keeping your feet happy while running in the winter. It was one of those articles I wrote because I wanted to know more myself. So I did a little research, paired that with my own experiences, and came up with this article.

I'm trying to avoid these issues like I've had in the past (all of which have happened during winter running, and all at different times):

So click here to see what I've learned to try to keep this from happening EVER AGAIN! (But we know it will still happen again and again and again...)

If you're interested, go to my Examiner page (the link above) and subscribe to my feed or sign up to receive my articles over e-mail. Here's what I'm doing with my Examiner page:

• If you're a local, I'll be keeping up-to-date on local issues, like Manitou sprint triahlon's new draft legal youth race and Minnesota's first USAT sanctioned winter triathlon which is this weekend.

• But I'm also writing general triathlon-related articles, like when pro triathlete Mary Beth Ellis ranted about professionalism in triathlons and the article mentioned above regarding how to keep your feet happy while running in the winter.

• And, (no surprise here) I'm going to have fun with it too. Like my 2 articles on the "7 deadly sins of triathlon:" part 1 and part 2.

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And there's GOOD NEWS regarding the Sugoi and Gu giveaway! They are opening up the contest to Canadians! I changed the "contest rules" at the bottom of that post as soon as I found out yesterday, so now it's correct. So Canadians, enter for your chance to win!! (If you don't know what I'm talking about, scroll down to yesterday's post and sign up for your chance to win one of TWO Sugoi Tri Suits, 2 boxes of Roctane, and 4 boxes of Gu!)

p.s. I wanted to swim yesterday. But my 2 weeks of rest has made me forget the pool schedule at the Y, and it was full of 10-year-olds on the youth swim team when I got there, so my swim didn't happen. Maybe today. Unless I can find another good excuse. ;)

p.p.s. If you twitter, send a tweet that says "I vote for #6 for the @Topricin Worst Race Photo Contest." This is the last day of voting, and I'm trying to win a free race entry! Here's what you're voting for, BTW. Thanks!


Coach Liz 8:27 AM, December 15, 2009  

The photos that involve blood are the BEST!!!

Regina 10:36 AM, December 15, 2009  

Awesome grossness! I got a toe cleated once playing soccer. The blood started gathering under the nail and I knew I would lose it if I didn't do something. I'd heard about how to relieve the pressure under the nail with a paper clip and a flame. I unfolded the clip and heated the end with the flame and started boring a hole through the nail to the blood. I finally reached it with a *HISS*, out came the blood and the nail was saved. I love at home medical successes.

Anonymous,  10:45 AM, December 15, 2009  

All I can say is "OUCH!!"

X-Country2 11:01 AM, December 15, 2009  

I KNEW there would be gross feet pictures, and I clicked anyway. Damn.

Gordon 11:15 AM, December 15, 2009  

Ugh. Gnarly, Steve. And great article, but I'd offer my own (hard-won) advice: for comfort in the cold, invest in a shoe that features a Gore-Tex membrane. You find this more in the trail running side of your shoe aisle, but companies like Inov-8 (not a client) make very low-weight GT shoes. So does Salomon (yes, a client). For those suffering from between the toe blister problems, check out Injinji (not a client, but a former client). They simply make those kinds of blisters disappear forever.
Gordon Wright, OutsidePR

Jamie 1:07 PM, December 15, 2009  

Seriously, if I didn't know you better, I'd think that you wore chain mail socks when you were running.

That is just f-ed up.

Do you still get all those blisters with the Drymax socks?

Did you end up learning anything that has helped keep your feet happier?

Anonymous,  2:29 PM, December 15, 2009  

gagging right now.

Mike Russell 3:40 PM, December 15, 2009  

The good news about 10 year olds in the pool is you may be able to beat some of them. I always look forward to the youth swim team practices for this reason...

Sarah,  6:31 PM, December 15, 2009  

Good article, and I'm not even a runner. I like your common sense tips also.

good luck with the problem this winter.

Chloe 7:51 PM, December 15, 2009  

OMG. I just threw up a bit. :)

Jennifer P 8:43 PM, December 15, 2009  

Funny enough all of my toe and feet grossness have happened in the summer. I exercise EXTREME caution when running in the winter and take extra good care of my feet (and being 8 hours north of you I know how cold our winters can get). I swear by a heavier pair of Smart Wool socks I have. they are heavier than the midweight ones you recommend but they've gotten me through training and racing many winter 1/2 marys.

Mark 10:10 AM, December 17, 2009  

Speaking about winter running, you should think about the Winter Waddle this Saturday.

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