Marathon Journey Day 32: Pete’s Blister Tips

Ah, blisters. Of course they show up eventually.

Blisters are inevitable if you’re running distance. You will get them eventually. The important thing isn’t avoiding blisters. The important thing is how you deal with them when they show up.

Wait, no. Avoiding them is important too. Sorry, I keep trying to make good slogans and shit, something that’d look good over an instagram post with a chick in a sports bra running up a mountain at sunrise.

Anyway, you’re gonna get ‘em, so here’s what you do:

Step 1: Find some nail clippers. Most people will recommend using a needle to drain a blister, but I think that ups your chances of stabbing yourself. Also, you really need to make two holes if you’re using a needle. The hole is too small and you get a sort of vacuum effect.

Step 2: Clip off a sliver of the blistered skin, preferably a piece nearer the edge than the middle. It doesn’t have to be big. The purpose is for the liquid to drain.

Step 3: Gently push out some of the liquid.

Step 4: Leave the blister skin on. This protects the tender part underneath. Trust me, leave it be.

Step 5: Go about your life, and let the thing air out when you can.

That’s it!

If that doesn’t work, then I don’t know what to tell you. You’re probably fucked for a day or two. It happens.

Also, disclaimer, I’m not a doctor. I shouldn’t be giving people any sort of advice, let alone medical, so take this advice with a grain of salt. Sea salt. Pretzel salt. The big kind of salt.