I've started and stopped running programs many times in my life, but for some reason this time it's stuck and I've been bit hard by the running bug. Which is great, since I'm up to 12 miles on my long run (6 weeks before the half marathon I'm training for), and I put in between 18-28 miles a week, depending upon weather, work, and family activities.
I bought my shoes at a running store at which the clerk took 30 minutes assessing my gait and then helping me try on different shoes. The shoes I bought fit like a glove. I've had them for 10 weeks now.
Since my long run distance has crept up over the 6 mile mark, I've started getting blisters on the medial aspect of my great toes. At first I thought the culprit was my socks, and I bought nice running socks, which did seem to help for a little while. And I put on bandaids every time I run a long run.
My last three long runs (10.5, 11, and 12), my blisters have gotten huge. They are about the size of a nickel by the end of the run, and they are tight. They hurt when I run, but not enough to stop running, just enough to take my mind off any other bodily ache or pain I might be having!
How do I manage these blisters? I've never popped them before, but the latest ones were so tight, and they were interfering with my ability to wear any of my other shoes, so I drained them (cleaned a needle with alcohol, cleaned each blister with alcohol, and then poked two holes in each and drained them).
Like I said, I cover the blister prone area with a soft bandaid. My socks are good socks. I develop small blisters in the same area when I run shorter distance, though I didn't develop these small blisters until I started running the longer distances. The blisters seem to partially heal during the week between my long runs.
Am I doing something wrong? Could it be my shoes (which I love love love, I hope it's not my shoes)? Is there some sort of product or preparation I could be doing with my toes between or before runs, to help prevent or minimize the blisters? Will they just go away in time, as the skin on my toes toughens?
Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated!