Running with wet feet

This morning I ran at Mulbarton’s first ever parkrun event. It’s a really nice location for a run. But today the ground was very wet and muddy.

I’m running the Fritton Lake Cross Country Half Marathon tomorrow and so I thought the conditions at Mulbarton would be a good preparation.

I was wearing my Merrell Trail Gloves with socks, and within seconds they were soaked through. Running with cold wet feet isn’t really a pleasant experience, so a quick bit of research when I got home lead me to waterproof trekking socks from Seal Skinz.

Thankfully they had some in stock at the local Go Outdoors – but at £31 they aren’t cheap.

These socks are fairly high-tech.

They comprise of:

  • padded inner lining of Merino wool – for thermal and wicking properties
  • an inner waterproof and breathable membrane
  • tough durable outer

It says on the packaging:

waterproof membrane ensures feet are always warm and dry

I’ll be testing this claim out tomorrow, when I’ll update this post with my findings.
SealSkinz Waterproof Trekking SocksSealSkinz Waterproof Trekking Socks

Update 22nd March 2013
The Fritton Lake Cross Country Half Marathon turned out to be nowhere near as wet as the Mulbarton parkrun. It was muddy, in fact very muddy in places, but lots of it was avoidable. So the socks weren’t given a full test. They were very comfortable though. No blisters.
I’m considering running at Mulbarton again tomorrow, maybe they’ll be tested there. I’ll post an update after they’ve been properly tested.

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