During the NDC I didn’t have one blister. There is no doubt in my mind that this is because of the preparation that I put in before the event, and every morning before the run. There were quite a few participants who did get blisters, some of them pretty bad ones, and I observed how this was dealt with differently by them. On the one hand there were those who did the necessary work to treat the blister, deal with the pain, and prepare for the next day’s run knowing that their blisters would be painful, which they shrugged off and got on with it. On the other hand there were one or two whose blisters were quite bad, but less severe than those of other runners, and they dropped out of the race being unable to continue due to their blisters.
How is that one runner can continue and another cannot when both are suffering from the same issue? I suppose you could add in the possibility of a lower pain threshold, but again I have no doubt that this is because of one’s mental state and preparedness.
When I ran across Africa I ran “in effect” a marathon every day for 3 months. I would run for 6 days in a row and then have a rest day on the 7th day. To this I added the treat of having a double rest day whenever I reached the 1,000 km mark – I ran 2,600 km. What is interesting is that having a rest day was problematic and undesirable physically. The day after a rest day was horrible and full of aches and pains whilst getting back into the routine of long distance running. The primary, and absolutely necessary, reason for the rest day was a mental one. Mentally it works wonders to know that at some point in the future, soon, this discomfort and suffering is coming to an end even if only briefly. And as the run progressed through the months this mental relief became necessary at more frequent intervals, even if only for a very brief time. I planned my daily run as follows: