Back To School Blue's and Blister's

Last week saw the start of the training group that I'm in going back to winter training after a period of rest. Our first week back was an introductory week to get our bodies used to that type of training again. So as to avoid any unnecessary stress to our bodies that diving straight into full-blown sprint training would cause.

This week however was the start of Real sprint training with a capital R. Last week was tough but this week has been really tough and it's only a little way in! My training group isn't very big compared to some of the others that I've been in. Which is nice as everybody knows each other and enquires about the others' day. This week one of the guys came to training looking quite upset and forlorn, he'd had a busy day at work only to be followed with training.

The job that my training colleague works at in a school has quite long hours and requires them to wear smart leather shoes as part of the dress code. Which looks great but the new shoes he'd bought had had the result of causing severe soreness on his feet. The shoes were even starting to cause blisters on the soles of his feet, which had now started to effect training. His feet were too painful to do much more than a warm up with, so he was frustrated that this resulted in him having to cut his training session short. Which is not what you want to happen at this time of year, as at this part of the season all the hard work is done. Especially in terms of muscular and speed endurance work. In winter training your body aches in places you didn't even know existed, let alone your poor feet.

So the rest of us continued with our sprint session, whilst my colleague with the blisters went home. 3 hours later we were finally leaving but it left me thinking what I could do to help my training partner. As this is one of the things that I particularly like about this training group- that everyone helps each other out. When I joined the group and had a lot of training and drills that I needed to learn and correct, the others helped me to get them right, in order to help my training.

But then it came to me to offer him a pair of my Protect it socks. I wear them every training session without fail, my long jump training partner loves them and my coach is a big fan too. So I thought they'd be able to help with the blister's- especially due to the fact that they have an even and soft layer on the sole of the sock that doesn't allow any pinching. And provides an even surface along with enough protection from the blisters to carry on with what you need to do. I haven't had a single blister myself since I've discovered them, which says something with the amount and variation of training I do.

So on our next training session together I brought my friend from training a spare pair of Protect it socks that I had and explained why I think they could help. The blisters were still bothering him that day so he decided to put them on straight away before his warm- up (where you do laps around the track) and then do drills in preparation to train. Well the warm-up was just the start of it, although a lighter session. He made it through the entire evening including weights in his new Protect it socks! I know I always advocate that people with diabetes should look after their feet. But people without the condition need to protect their feet as well, especially if sore feet are getting in the way of a good training session! Give them a try!


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