Thursday, April 24, 2008

26 Tips for Marathon Training and Racing: #25- Socks

"The trouble started at 18 with my suck," he said. "It slipped off my foot."

Your "suck"?

"Yes," Bouramdane said. "My suck."

When he removed his right shoe, it became clear Bouramdane was talking about his "sock," as he revealed a nasty red blister on the inside of his big toe. Evidently, the blistering 4:37 mile split Cheruiyot threw at the field at the 18-mile mark was enough to knock Bouramdane's socks off.

The 30-year-old Moroccan, who was making his Boston debut, was unable to keep pace. Worse, he had to endure an 8-mile torture test through the hills as his sock slid off his ankle and past his heel, before gathering around his toes at the end of the race, causing the blister.

But Bouramdane wasn't about to let his wardrobe malfunction dampen his second-place finish - in 2 hours 9 minutes 4 seconds - in his first Hopkinton-to-Boston trek.

-Abderrahime Bouramdane, 2nd place finisher, Boston 2008

Obviously this should never happen, especially to a world class, sponsored runner. Imagine how much pain he would have endured in 4 hours instead of just over 2?

Socks should not be taken for granted, so don't feel guilty about spending a few extra dollars for some good ones. Stay away from 100% cotton- go with one of the double-layer synthetics that won't retain moisture.

I prefer thin socks- you may like something a little thicker. Just like shoes, make sure you do some long runs wearing the socks you will race with.

Check out roadrunnersports for a full inventory of running socks.

(c) Dave Elger 2008 All rights reserved

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