The Centurion Race and training takes a big toll on your feet. My feet have changed in the past two years. I have Morton’s toe. My feet gave me lots of problems at high mileage. After much research I made the switch to better shoes. I now wear Altra Torin 1.5 and 2.0. These shoes have Zero Drop and a Very wide toe box. The zero drop took some getting use to. My toes loved the wide toe box. In fact my feet changed. My toes spread out. My feet turned slightly outward. My foot made this adjustment so my second toe and big toe are the same length. It has worked. All my foot problems went away. Happy feet make happy Centurions.
The one problem I have occasionally is blisters. I have found several things that have worked for me.
One: I no longer use any kind of lubricant on my feet. In long races lubricant attracts dirt. Dirt makes friction.
Two: Thin Merino wool socks.
Three: Engo blister prevention patches. These are anti friction patches that stick inside your shoes. They stop friction between your socks and shoes. They come in many different shapes. They do not work on soaked shoes and will not stick to wet shoes. You will need to place them before the race or before your feet get wet.
Four: Silopad digital caps for big toes and digital tubes for my other toes. It is much easier and faster to use these tubes on the toes than tape. They feel great on.
Five: I sand off all my calluses. The last thing you want in a race is a blister under a callus. There is no way to fix such a blister. Keep your calluses sanded off and those toe nails trimmed and filed.
In my Blister Box I take to each race.
Lots of Engo Blister prevention patches in several sizes.
Scissors. To cut tape and trim caps and tubes to size.
Leukotape P sports tape. This is great tape that stays stuck. Tape over the blister dressing to hold in place. Makes a barrier between your foot and the shoe.
Primapore dressing. Use to cover dehooded blisters. It sticks in place making it easier to tape in place. It keeps your blister from sticking to the tape. It holds the Orajel.
Orajel. Numbs blisters and medicates. Thick and water resistant.
Silopad digital caps and digital tubes. Several of each. Much easier to use than trying to tape toes. Use the scissors to cut to size.
Sterile Disposable Scalpels. I pack several of these. Open the package, sterile. Perfect for draining a blister before patching. Draining releases the pressure. Eases the pain.
Alcohol wipes. Use to clean feet. Helps the tape stick better.
Practice using all these Items on yourself. You want to be good at fixing your feet and blisters. Practice Practice Practice. The time you save patching and racing on feet that don’t hurt will help make your Centurion possible.
Love my Altra Torin shoes.
I refuse to walk without my Dirty Girl Gaiters. I learned that lesson the hard way.