> I have been running now for, oh, six months to a year. It's been sorta
> off and on, though, and only recently have I been at it with any
> regularity. Tonight, I went on a 45 min run (long for me yet) and I
> seem to have two blisters, one in the arch of each foot. Is this a shoe
> problem, or do I just have wimpy foot skin? Also, any suggestions
> regarding leg chafing? It really sucks, and makes me walk funny apres
The other guy wrote that your blisters are in an unusual location, but
I get my blisters in exactly the same spot. I found I got fewer
1) Switching from court shoes to running shoes. (I just used
whatever shoes I had around when I started, I didn't have actual
running shoes.) I found the staff in a running store to be far more
knowledgeable and helpful than the staff in a general sports store.
2) Wearing Thorlo running socks. I don't know if it's the synthetic
material or the thickness that helps with my blisters. A pair is $13
Canadian in my area, but they last.
3) Relax your feet and/or your whole body. Since I've been relaxing
and running, uh, more like an albatross, for lack of a better
description, I've gotten fewer cramps (stitches), fewer blisters, and
I'm actually faster too.
4) I've been running a different route recently, in a park, because
the SPCA has recommended that I not use my regular route until they
deal with the dog that has bitten me twice (once in October and once
on Saturday). The park trail is semipaved, kind of a gravelly deal,
but my regular route is sidewalk. Since I'm on this new surface, I
haven't had any sort of problems with blisters, iliotibial bands, or
anything. (I'm still using running shoes, running socks, and relaxing
though.) The scenery is nice too (ducks, trees, water, etc.). The
stupid thing is, I drive there, run, and drive back.
Sometimes (on my regular route) I get smaller blisters, and I just
tolerate them. Sometimes I get a big callus (callous?) on the blister