June 2, 2016
How to Run with a Blister! Ow or no ow? + GIVEAWAY!
Have you ever worked out so much that your body begins to show signs of physical wear and tear? Callouses, blisters, bruises…maybe even injury?
First of all – congrats for going super hard, but second of all, please be kind to your body! You need to know your limits and push past them, but not to the point of hurting yourself! It is a gift to be able to give our muscles movement, so let’s do what we can to protect the health of our bodies.
With that said, I’m guilty of over testing my limits and have had to deal with the consequences.
A couple months ago in an interval running class, I pretty much started sprinting super hard without much of a warmup (I questioned the instructor in my head as I got into this) and I felt a sharp pain run through my right hamstring. Then as I tried to bend over to feel what was going on, my back felt so tight that I couldn’t.
I knew there was something really wrong. I went to the chiropractor the next day and got X-rays done. Turned out that my pelvis was out of alignment!!! I had to go through a series of adjustments and muscle stimulation sessions to get me back to normal. IT WAS NOT CHEAP.
Hopefully that will never happen to you! But something you may have experienced if you’re a runner are…annoying BLISTERS!
Yea, they suck. So I’ve partnered up with Compeed, an amazing new blister cushion that just launched in the U.S., to talk to you about how to prevent blisters and treat them when you get them!
What are blisters?
They are bubbles that form right underneath your skin due to friction against your foot. Basically the outer layers of your skin rub against each other, they separate, and then they fill with fluid! Oh yeah, and they hurt.
How to prevent blisters?
You should be able to snugly stick your finger between your heel and the back of your shoe. If it’s too tight, get a half size up. If it’s too loose, go a half size down.
2. Wear breathable, sweat wicking socks that are made of nylon or a wool blend.
You don’t want your feet to sweat, get clammy, and stay wet inside your shoe. EEW! Smelly and a perfect scenario for foot issues.
If you’re still feeling like there’s too much friction between your foot and the shoes, double up your socks for extra cushion! This way the friction is happening between 2 pairs of socks, not you and the shoe.
There are plenty of powders and creams you can buy at your local drugstore to lessen the friction, but one of my secrets is to use petroleum jelly! I know it sounds weird but it really helps lessen the rubbing on the area where you’re starting to feel the blister coming on. Just don’t put it all over your foot as you might actually just slip out of your shoe as you’re running 😛
Finally, if you’ve done all of that and now you have a blister…
BUT LIFE SHALL GO ON!!
They are super soft and super cushiony. I actually really like squishing them! 🙂
Basically, if you get a blister, all you have to do is firmly apply the Compeed Blister Cushion right over the area and leave it there until the cushion detaches naturally. You won’t even be able to feel it – trust me. I even showered in it and forgot! It fits like a second skin to stay on for days. The reason why you have to leave it on is because a moist environment will be created underneath the cushion that is intended to promote wound healing without softening and breaking down your skin tissue. The hydrocolloid technology in the cushion will help keep moisture in and germs out.
These are also great for when you wear high heels – even if you don’t have a blister but need extra cushion. Ladies. For real. This will solve all your problems until they make more comfortable heels!
Now, since I’m so ecstatic about these COMPEED Blister Cushions and I want you to try them, it is GIVEAWAY TIME!!! I’m going to pick 3 lucky POPsters to receive the below:
All I want you to do is comment below and tell me:
What’s your power phrase? What do you tell yourself in that moment when you’re about to quit?
For me. I say: “It’s going to be fine. Let’s go.”
Sometimes even when I’m DYING I will mutter this underneath my breath.