Saturday, August 4, 2007




On my quest to avoid any-and-all catastrophes during the race, I'm now experimenting with sockwear. Normally, I wear black or dark grey technical socks, most of which are advertised as "trail running" socks, in that...well, they're dark and don't show dirt, I imagine.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought 2 pairs of Injinji socks, which have have separated toes, to avoid rubbing and, thusly, blistering. Not being tough enough of a kid to pull off these when they hit the scene in the 70's, this was my feet's virgin journey into the 5-toed unknown.

Once on, I couldn't stop laughing.

I wriggled my toes and yelped: "MY FEET ARE WEARING GLOVES!" and "THEY'RE NOT TOES, THEY'RE FINGERS!", and "I SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SEE MY TOES, BUT I CAN!"

Today was my second run in them, and I really do enjoy the comfort they provide: No chafing, and if dirt does manage to get into my sock, the grit doesn't rub in between my sweaty toes.

However, about 2 1/2 hours into today's 4 hour run, a pebble worked it's way into my shoe. Having forgotten what my sock of choice was, I removed my shoe, looked down, and started cackling as I flexed my 5 little piggies in their individual blankets.

5 comments:

No Wetsuit Girl... overseas! said...

I once gave those funny socks (with rainbow stripes on them) to one of my guy friends for Christmas. He was very thankful, but apologetic when he showed me his webbed toes on both feet. Very embarrassing for all.

So they work, you say?

ReneeMc said...

Hehe. Hehe. Hehe.
I cannot stop giggling.

stephruns said...

I got such socks (pink and white!) from a friend of mine years ago. They felt so strange. Did you get used to the feeling? I really don't understand how dirt/sand can get through my running shoes and socks - if you tell me dirt stays out I'll compromise for the bad feeling!

Very sexy;-)

Ann said...

Seriously. He can not stop laughing.
And it's contagious.

I, too, point at his feet and laugh at his FeetGloves.

Mr. Satan A. Chilles said...

Thank you for the sock manufacturer's link, I've had much fun reading about the 'tetratsok' (I swear I saw a 'Tetratsok' shelving unit at IKEA a few year's ago) and AIS Technology, which is sock marketing gone nutty. I first thought of 'Ass In Sling', but I stand corrected by the purveyors of Nüwool™. I wonder if you're supposed to pronounce the 'W' as a 'V'... Nüwool™ ist da!

Anyway, I'm a big supporter (great, I just called myself a 'big supporter') of DuPont-approved LaughGear, so someday I'm going to have to get me some of them crazy socks. Well, thanks for sharing!