Marathon #1: Houston, 2005
I was a totally Marathon and runner newbie at this point. I did most of my training in a pair of free Nikes that an old roommate had given me (really, what could go wrong?). To make things more interesting, my trusty Monster turned one of them into a backless shoe (she literally chewed the entire back off the shoe) less than a week from race day! Being a young college grad, I was a bit strapped for cash and bought an off the rack pair of Adidas three days before the race at Academy Sports. In fact, race day was the first time I ran in them. Needless to say, my feet bleed through my shoes. I visited the med tent at the finish and asked them to look at my feet because "I wasn't sure the next time I would be able to bend over and do it myself". Stay classy EB.
I use to eat running shoes, but I swear I've reformed over the last 8 years.Marathon #2: NYC, 2007
For this race, not only did I keep the Monster away from my shoes before race day (she was 'older' and more 'mature'), but I bought real running sneakers at a real running store. I stayed with the Adidas, but move up to a size 9 (from a size 8.5) thinking this might alleviate some of the trouble. Feet still bled, but the race was tons of fun and it is one of my favorites.
This won't be on our Holiday card.Marathon#3: Goofy Challenge, 2008
I moved up yet another size in sneakers to a 9.5 Adidas and added specialty socks with additional padding in the toes and heels to reduce (hopefully) impact related blistering. My feet did bleed through my sneakers, but I also ran 39.3 miles in a littler over 24 hours. I did also loose some toenails (on different toes) during this experience. This was the end of my hope of being a foot model.
Ah, Disney Memories.Marathon#4: Mercedes Marathon, 2010
I stayed with a lot of the changes I made for Goofy and ran in size 9.5 Adidas. I attributed that bleeding to the mileage, but apparently, 26.2 was enough to induce bleeding. It actually occurred at mile 24 ( I could feel it happen) and it bled right through my sneaker.
I still smile while my feet bleed.Marathon#5: 7 Bridges Marathon, 2013
During this training cycle, I went to a shoe with a wider toe box, but unfortunately it didn't work for me and gave me mild PF. I switched to Asics (size 9.5) and was happy throughout training. However on race day, both feet bled, but only through the sock. I do believe my super cute Birthday socks had something to do with this, but how often do you get to run a marathon on your birthday?
It was still a great birthday!Marathon#6: Chickmauga Marathon, 2013
I went with a thinner, dri-fit sock that I used in my whole training cycle and was still in the same pair of Asics, but still experienced bleeding around mile 16. To be honest, I think a major reason my feet bled during this one was because they were not fully healed from 7 Bridges a few weeks before. On a positive note, they did only bled through my socks, but they looked pretty bad afterwards. I'm hopeful that I am on the right track.
It was an ugly scene under this sock.So to recap, I've moved up 2 sizes in shoes and feel confident to say I am running in the right size. I've tried more padded socks, but decided less padded result in bleeding less frequently. I've tried shoes with a wider toe box, but also discovered there is such thing as too wide and a bloody foot is better than the injuries that come with too wide.
Anyone else had experience with blood blisters and bleeding feet? Other ideas on things to try?
I am open to new ideas!