Running InjuriesPhoto by Colin Gould

A run-in with painful, icky blisters is enough to keep many would-be runners from hitting the track. To avoid blisters in the first place wear well-fitting running shoes, socks that reduce moisture, and stick athletic tape or moleskin on known problem areas. If one turns up anyway, keep the area extra clean and dry, especially if you decide to pop the sucker.

Do it Today: Try wearing nylon or sweat-wicking socks to prevent blisters.

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