Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Save Those Toes | KT Tape Blister Prevention

Disclaimer: I received KT Tape Blister Prevention Tape & Patch to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Race week is upon us and I'm in the process of packing! While there are so many different aspects to covering the marathon distance, I want to talk about one "feeture" that is essential to running. (In advance, please excuse the feet pictures - this is just part of life as a runner!)


Out of all the marathons I have ran, a common theme of most race-related injuries has been feet. Even when following all of the rules (i.e. wear the same shoes and socks you train in, trim toenails pre-race), a blister, hot spot or even a black toenail can come out of nowhere. There is something about long miles and hot, sweaty feet that don't mix.

Personally my "trouble area" is my middle toe on the right foot only. It's crazy. I have no idea why but this is my rebel toe! I have used hockey tape as a protective layer when a painful blister has developed but it really didn't stick the best or breath. Likely because it's made for taping hockey sticks and not toes :)

Runner's Feet. Don't judge!

Going in to Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, I have had minimal blister issues in training (above picture was my only one, after a hot 20-miler) but I know that race day may have other plans. Instead of packing my hockey tape solution, I am putting KT Tape's Blister Products to use. As a BibRave Pro, I received a pack of the Blister Prevention Tape and the Blister Treatment Patches.

I have used the Blister Prevention Tape on my toe and also tried it on my heel for some extra testing. This has been a handy tool for me because I know where my "trouble area" is and now I can prevent blisters from forming. The tape is thin, flexible and made of breathable fabric which makes it ideal for sport usage and every day life uses as well. I taped my 5-year-old's heels so his rollerblades would stop rubbing them and it worked like a charm!


The key to this tape is to make sure your skin is dry before applying the tape! When used properly, it can stay on for up to 2 days.


The second KT Tape blister product is the Blister Treatment Patch. This is for those days when a surprise blister pops out of nowhere or when you forget to use prevention tape on a trouble area. Whoops. These patches are a 100% waterproof seal that protects your blisters for up to 7 days. I applied a patch to my heal for testing purposes and, WOW, they stick on well!

To keep a healing blister from further injury the treatment patches are a great product. I like that they are waterproof so my kids can leave them on while in the swimming pool. With all of their running around, roller blading and biking, they have had more blisters than me lately (even with marathon training and all)!


These KT Tape Blister Products are $9.99 each for either 30 prevention strips or 8 treatment patches. Overall I think these are handy products to keep in the running bag on the go or medicine cabinet at home. Take 30% off KT Tape products with discount code "BIBRAVE30" and stop by #BibChat at 8 pm CT on June 19th for a chance to win!

Do you have any feet issues or trouble areas? What solutions have worked (or not)?


#Gmas18 Training W16 Recap

Follow along the 16-week journey as I train for my 10th 26.2, the Grandma’s Marathon coming up on June 16, 2018. I look forward to running with fellow BibRave Pros Angie, Amy and Jenn!

MONDAY: 

Off

TUESDAY: 

4.36 mi, 00:37 @ 08:35 pace with strides (10 x 25 sec) to kick off race week!?!!?!!!! Nervous. Excited. Nervous. Excited.

WEDNESDAY: 

(Treadmill) Easy Effort 3.1 mi, 00:30 @ 09:40 pace for Global Running Day, celebrated on the treadmill because I chose sleep this morning. It’s taper time, so I’ll let it fly ;)

THURSDAY

Tempo Run 6.01 mi, 00:48 @ 08:00 avg pace feeling good but didn’t hit the paces I was supposed to. The plan said around 7:00/mile for 20-30 minutes but I ran 7:47, 7:47, 7:39, 7:48. Honestly I felt distracted. The shorts I wore that morning were riding up and it drove me nuts!!! Note to self: save those for treadmill runs only ;)

FRIDAY:

Travel day & a shake out run planned

SATURDAY:

RACE DAY >>> Recap coming next week!


SUNDAY:

Off

TOTAL MILEAGE: 33.68 miles




Let's Connect!



Linking up with Holly and Wendy's Weekly Wrap Up.

17 comments:

  1. I don't necessarily get blisters but I do have one rogue toenail that always jabs the other toe, no matter if I've trimmed the nails or not! (Is that TMI? I definitely know it's weird.) I bet that blister prevention tape would help! Now, the question is, do I tape the mean toe or the one that always gets beat up? Hmmm....

    Looking forward to reading your review of Grandma's!

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    1. Nah, there's really not much that's considered TMI in the running world, right?! My toe is similar... I'm not sure what does it. It ended up being fine this weekend for the race! Good question though - which toe to tape... Probably best to experiment on two of your longer runs!

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  2. Ha I did not know that they now made blister prevention patches. You never know when you will need one. I will look out for those

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    1. They are so handy! I never seem to know when one would pop up. I was sure I felt one during the marathon but ended up blister-free today!

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  3. Congrats on Grandma's! Looking forward to your recap. I heard it was a perfect day weather wise- even a tail wind! Way to go!

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  4. I'm luck not to get blisters, but this might be good to take on our hiking trip just in case. I hope the marathon went well for you!

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    1. Definitely - these are both handy products for a first aid kit!

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  5. I'm luck not to get blisters, but this might be good to take on our hiking trip just in case. I hope the marathon went well for you!

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  6. I'm luck not to get blisters, but this might be good to take on our hiking trip just in case. I hope the marathon went well for you!
    ~ Coco @ got2run4me

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  7. I did not realize that KT tape made blister prevention!

    Cant wait to see how your race went!

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    1. I didn't either - until I got them to review - I'm really liking these products! Now if only they had a magic product to 100% prevent black toenails ;)

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  8. After my bike crash, I learned about all kinds of bandages and those BandAid gel bandages I used also have a blister bandage! I was excited to learn about those. I wonder if they're similar to the KT ones.

    Looking forward to hearing about your race!

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  9. I need to look into this! I get blisters during the summer way too much.

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  10. It's good to know there is a product like this out there. I have a rogue pinky toe that sometimes gives me problems. I can't wait to hear the details about Grandma's! Thanks for linking!

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  11. SImilar here with middle toe, so weird.

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  12. I'm eager to hear all about Grandma's! I ran it in 2015 and last year...such a beautiful course!

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