|DisneyBride dreams of a sock stash like this!|
Let me tell you how I was introduced to toe socks for runners.
DisneyBride calls herself an 'Injinji Evangelist'. She claims to have been one since 2007. Suffice to say, she was constantly trying to get me into a pair. I fought it because I believed toe socks are for little girls, not grown men.
However, DB is a wife. And it goes without saying, if your wife is persistent about something, a guy has to eventually go along with it. After repeated attempts at trying to get me to buy myself a pair, she finally just presents me with a couple of pairs for my birthday. They actually make a cameo in my Jeff Galloway Runner Retreat post from March (the 5th photo). These are actually the older Injinji crew socks.
Fast forward about three months and DB has been in touch with Injinji. The company went through some major product redesigns, and greatly expanded their line. I don't need to tell you that DB was in absolute raptures; it is no exaggeration to say she talked constantly of her excitement over all the many new colors and styles available.
I was a little shocked to see the correspondence going back and forth between DB and Injinji. The Injinji reps seemed almost surprised that someone knew so much about their products. I had always assumed that they had a picture of her at headquarters with the title “Best Unpaid Spokeswoman”. (A little digging through her tweets will turn up countless instances of her singing their praises.)
The wonderful Injinji folks were kind enough to send us several pairs of socks to test out. They sent us trail socks, original weight run socks, lightweight run socks, and even knee high compression socks. Below, you see a picture of the lovely DB enjoying her trail socks. Note how pristine the socks are. This will be the last picture of the Injinjis you will see, that are not covered in mud and/or sweat.
|Trail Socks: very soft and cushion-y|
You can also check out this video of Injinjis in action.
If that video wasn't enough running awesomeness for you, keep reading. And even if it was, keep reading.
In order to add more masculinity to the blog, my photos will include sweat, mud, and dirt.
To see clean photos of their socks, visit their website http://www.injinji.com/
I must admit, I was a little skeptical of the trail socks. While they are very comfortable and I believe they offer more cushion than my other socks, they also feel thicker. I was worried they may retain sweat/water/mud and feel soggy.
I was wrong.
It has been very wet here in North Florida for the last month, and I have worn them for trail runs and several trail races. During each run, the socks were subjected to serious amounts of mud.
Not only were the trail socks extremely comfortable, they kept the dirt/mud from my toes. They wicked the moisture away from my feet and the toe pockets kept my feet feeling great.
The socks look pretty dirty after the race, however, my feet feel awesome.
Apparently, the purple socks have some magical power that keep trail dirt from accumulating on the sock. Note: In keeping with the masculinity promise, the socks while not necessary muddy, are sweaty. Yet, my feet feel nice and dry.
Both pairs shown are the Trail 2.0 Midweight Mini-Crew.
Knee High Compression Socks
I decided to put these to work during a virtual half marathon I ran with some friends. Over 13.1 miles, they spent time on mud trails, grass trails, concrete sidewalks, and asphalt. After spending a few extra minutes getting the socks on, they were extremely comfortable. I do recommend putting them on and walking around for a few minutes before putting your shoes on. This makes it easier to make sure your feet are completely in the “toe pockets”.
My long runs in the past have left me with some small blisters on my toes. These socks never failed. Within the first two miles, both of my feet were submerged in muddy water while running the trail portion of our half marathon. I then spent the next 11.1 miles sweating like it was going out of style. The socks did a great job of wicking away the water and keeping me from getting blisters. The compression gave me excellent support, yet was extremely comfortable. These will definitely be my go-to socks for my long runs from now on.
Of course, DisneyBride had been telling me at least once a week for the past year that this would happen. That once I tried them, I would never want to wear anything but Injinjis for my training runs ever again. She is right, of course. But kudos to her for not gloating... this time.
Enjoy the pic of my amazing legs.
So now, you want your very own pair of Injinjis. I know you do.
The awesome folks at Injinji have been very generous and permitted us to give away two (2) pairs of their Trail Socks to one very lucky runner.
Terms of the Giveaway:
1) Giveaway ends August 15th at midnight. Winner will be announced and notified on August 16th.
2) Winner will receive two (2) pairs of Injinji trail socks. The product will ship from Injinji. Retail value is $39.99.
3) Must be 18 years or older to enter. Must be a U.S. resident. Winner must provide a US mailing address to receive prize.
6) In the event winner does not respond to contact attempts via e-mail or facebook name provided within a one week period, another winner will be selected at random.
7) Void where prohibited.
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