As an update to my blister saga, I wanted to tell you how I eventually got this monster to heal.
After my half marathon in Maui, which is my favorite race so far,
my blister became very aggravated even though I used moleskin to cover the blister AND taped my toes. Much like the below picture.
The blister wasn’t terrible, but it was tender which really annoyed me. I decided to take matters into my own hands at that point.
I procured a safety pin, some rubbing alcohol, Epsom salt, Neosporin and a Band-Aid. After washing my feet and disinfecting the blister with alcohol, I punctured and drained the blister completely. I then soaked my foot in the bathtub with Epsom salt to extract any remaining fluid. After that, I used Neosporin before covering the blister with a Band-aid.
For the next week I didn’t run so as not to irritate the blister. This process seemed to work after just a few days because the blister seemed to be healing.
Well, it was healing until I attempted my next long run of 19 miles a week later. I really didn’t want to skip this one even though the blister hadn’t completely healed yet, so I decided to head out on a rainy Maui morning to complete the run.
The terrain was different from what I am used to (i.e. A LOT of hills). By mile 14 though, I had to stop running, limping all the way back to the hotel. After taking off my shoes I found that the blister had not only puffed back up, but another one had formed underneath it.
I felt enough frustration to want to quit marathon training at this point. All I wanted to do was complete my runs and this little persistent blister was derailing my efforts. After my attempt at the 19 miler, I decided not to run for two weeks until I had to complete my 20-mile long run.
Taking those two weeks off allowed my blisters to heal completely, and I was able to complete my 20-mile run. 20 miles was probably my toughest and most mentally-challenging long run, BUT I was so happy to find that those 20 miles didn’t give me any blisters!
The lesson that I learned from the blister experience – stop running until the blister heals! Do something else to train. Just don’t run! Unfortunately I didn’t learn this lesson quickly enough because I feel like my endurance and strength suffered due to all the missed runs. It’s ok though. I am still determined to complete my training and finish the marathon. I am actually excited to get back into running consistently again.