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2013-09-13 12:49 PM

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Subject: Blisters - Body Glide or Baby Power?

Blister question.

Switched shoes and first long run without socks I got a pretty nice blister on my heal.  The new shoes are a bit higher then what I was wearing.  It's pretty much gone now but my question for a race this weekend is will some baby powder in my shoe help prevent another one in the same spot?  That body glide or vasaline seem to be the recommendation from a quick search here.  I normally put some baby powder in my shoes before a race but did not when I wore these shoes for the first time.

Worst case I could put socks on in T2 I just prefer to avoid that fight.  I also thought about putting on the blister pads I've been using and again that would be in T2.  They are water proof but I guess from where the blister is when I tried one before a swim it came off after about 15yrds.  As soon as I pointed foot it started coming lose.  (Yes I went back and got it so it wouldn't end up in nastiest thing in the pool thread)

Thanks for any tips



2013-09-13 2:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Blisters - Body Glide or Baby Power?
Body glide and lots of it.
2013-09-13 5:31 PM
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Subject: RE: Blisters - Body Glide or Baby Power?

I don't how effective either is going to be.  How long is our race?

My experience has been that shoes that have a hot spot will always have that hot spot and a little lube is only going to go so far.  Sometimes I have taken the shoes back and gotten the same model and it was fine otherwise I had to go to a different shoe or just wear socks.

2013-09-13 6:33 PM
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The run is 10k. I also think in addition to the heal being a little higher the foot I got the blister on must be a little shorter then the other. There's a some room at the heal and I'm guessing that's what is causing the blister. Where as the other shoe is tight. On the run I went sock less with these I was about 4 miles in when it started.
2013-09-13 7:24 PM
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Subject: RE: Blisters - Body Glide or Baby Power?

I doubt baby powder will do anything to help.

Socks or bandaids might be best choice. Body glide can help but it if it is a rub point likely won't prevent another blister.

2013-09-14 8:33 AM
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Glad I asked I was going to put my faith in baby powder. Guess I'll go blister pad. Thanks for your opinions


2013-09-14 9:57 PM
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Subject: RE: Blisters - Body Glide or Baby Power?

it takes all of 5 seconds to put on socks.  Worth it in my book for a 10K.

but, if you really don't want to.  here's the blister secret:  Duct Tape.

2013-09-15 5:05 PM
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Subject: RE: Blisters - Body Glide or Baby Power?
Originally posted by MLPFS

Glad I asked I was going to put my faith in baby powder. Guess I'll go blister pad. Thanks for your opinions

The blister pads will not stay on. If your blister is completely healed, I would put a piece of plain athletic tape across the back of your heal for protection and leave it at that. If you still have a wound and need the blister pad for protection, cover that with athletic tape and it will stay on. I find it works best to apply the tape while the foot is flexed and be sure skin is completely dry.
2013-09-16 9:54 AM
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Subject: RE: Blisters - Body Glide or Baby Power?

I had read duct tape before but wasn't sure if people were kidding.  I'll store that one for later.

I don't know if it's my wide feet but I have a terrible time getting socks on in T2.  I had planned on wearing them but somehow someone's wet suit ended up on them so when I grabbed them after the bike they were soaked.  After a quick debate I went sockless and hoped for the best.  I had put some body glide on before the race and I don't know if that's what prevented it but no blister yesterday.  Think I know what a hot spot is now though.  Got one right on the side of my arch which made the last mile interesting.  Regardless, all in all good day. 

 

Thanks again for the blister advice.

2013-09-16 10:21 AM
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Subject: RE: Blisters - Body Glide or Baby Power?
Duct tape works but be careful with edges and with removal. Socks with lube help. Mostly ya gotta play with it to find the right fix for you. Don't know anyone who gets benefit from powder though.
2013-09-16 11:53 AM
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Subject: RE: Blisters - Body Glide or Baby Power?

Lace lock your shoes (its what that extra eyelit is for!).  This will prevent the heel of the shoe from slipping on your foot.

here is the best link i could find on short notice, im sure if you put forth some time you could probably find better!

http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/locklacing.htm

 



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