Socks and Accessories
I was more than halfway through my training, and although I had no hint of black toenails, and my feet were holding up pretty well, I did have what I coined, “dinosaur toe.” It’s a little hard to describe, but basically what was happening was my toes were overlapping slightly and causing calluses on the inside of my toes from being crammed on top of the toe next to it. My toes reminded me of the ridges on a dinosaur’s back, namely a stegosaurus. My toes looked just like this creature’s back before I discovered Injinji toe socks. I am serious.
Although these socks look similar to the five-finger shoes, they are nothing like them. They are socks…with toes. They are to your feet as gloves are to your hands. Regular socks are to your feet as mittens are to your hands. Injinji socks separate your toes, just as gloves separate your fingers.
These toe socks offer:
- Proper toe alignment
- Superior moisture management
- Better posture, better balance
- Blister and hot spot prevention
- Better tactile feel
These socks come in a variety of styles and colors, and range in price from $10 for the lightweight up to $38 for the knee-high compression sock. My favorite is the lightweight (made with Injinji’s patented AIS technology and Coolmax lycra and nylon fibers) no-show in any color! (I have pink, green, blue, gray and white).
I wore these socks for the first time for my first 20 mile run during Boston training. It was instant love. My toes felt amazing after. I knew they were going to be a favorite sock, so I immediately bought another pair, and wore them for every run. Bye-bye dinosaur toe. The separate compartments for each toe keep your toes away from each other thus preventing rubbing of the toes. Each toe of the sock is like a protective casing for each toe. The only downside? They are a little more difficult to put on than regular socks.
The true test of these socks was during the Boston Marathon. Near 90 degree temps=very sweaty feet. But it wasn’t the sweat that was a concern. All the hoses and fire hydrants and human car washes we ran through to stay cool created large puddles to run through. My feet were sopping wet. I could feel my feet sloshing around in my shoes. But when I crossed the finish, and changed out of my wet Injinji socks, not even a hint of a blister was to be found.
As a distance runner who has battled, and subsequently recovered from “dinosaur toe” I give these socks five toes up! Go buy yourself a pair…or five.
Sweaty Bands-The perfect little headband.
I have a lot of hair. A lot. I do not want any part of it in my face while I am sweating: running, yoga, etc. I have drawers (yes, more than one) filled with headbands, barrettes, bobby pins, clips, rubber bands, etc. to keep my hair out of may face. I also want to look good while I am sweating. I have not found the perfect item to keep my hair out of my eyes without: slipping, falling out, hurting, or looking dumb. That is until…SWEATY BANDS! (I just love saying the name!)
Sweaty Bands are perfect. For each marathon I run (there have only been two) I decide on a color scheme and an outfit. San Diego Rock and Roll was purple: purple nails, purple dress, purple balloons, and a purple headband. I bought the headband at the expo, and although it promised not to slip, which it didn’t, it hurt.
Boston Marathon color scheme: baby blue. At the expo I was on the hunt for a baby blue headband. Due to the size of the expo, and the particularity of the color I wanted, it was a bit challenging until someone at the Running Skirts booth directed me to SWEATY BANDS (said the name out loud again…fun). When I finally found the booth, I got really, really excited. Probably way more excited than one should get when they see headbands. Lots and lots of headbands. Rows upon rows of headbands. Headband heaven.
It took some time, but I finally found…THE ONE!
Sweaty Bands have a felt like band on the inside that “sticks” to your hair to prevent slipping. And…they do not hurt…at all. I ran with my Sweaty Band the entire marathon, and even after I poured, what amounted to, buckets of water on my head, it didn’t budge. I still looked cute after running 26.2 miles in near 90 degree heat.
Sweaty Bands come in thin and thick styles and range in price from $15 to $18. They also make Sweaty Bandits, which are smaller headbands for smaller heads (children or adults with super-small domes).
I cannot wait to buy more! You should go buy some, too. Now. I even have a 5% off coupon for you to use.