Did you know how important socks are? I didn’t! When I graduated from my daily 1 – 2 mile jog and bought my new running shoes, the saleslady also sold me on socks. She told me about a very scary condition called black toe and all about how I could lose a toe by running in cotton socks. I figured “what the hell, I’m already dropping over $100 bucks on these shoes… what’s another $10 for socks?” so I bought them. I’ve been running in said socks for months now while I worked my way up to 8 miles. Last night I had an 8 mile run, but I couldn’t find my socks. I figured “no big deal, socks are socks right?” so I put on my cotton socks and hit the road.
Right around mile 5… I could REALLY feel the socks. They were rubbing really bad on the arch of my right foot. By mile 7 I was sure my feet were bleeding and by mile 8 I could barely move. It really slowed my run down, leading to me running by myself after dark on lakefront trail. I couldn’t help but imaging muggers and monsters behind every tree, and that’s probably the only reason I didn’t give up and walk with my bleeding feet.
So, lesson learned… cotton socks = bad!
On a positive note, I have officially registered for the Chicago Half Marathon on September 12th! It will be my first race ever and was the goal in my mind when I started running. I’m really proud of myself for how far I’ve come so far and looking forward to knowing how it feels to finish a nice race.