That was then .......
So, let me back up just a few weeks. Every time I complete a marathon training cycle, I reward myself with a pair of "lucky socks." I leave them in the package and open only on race morning. I usually go with a tried and true pair of Thorlos or Balegas, the smart thing to do, right? Well, for some strange reason, I decided to go against all traditional thinking and grab a pair of Swiftwicks. I had never purchased this brand prior, but the super thin material and compression like feel caught my eye. Throughout training I had noticed that my socks felt a little snug in the Adrenaline 12's, so thinner was probably better.
Just in case, I took a couple of pairs to the starting line. I decided that if after walking a mile to the event, and jogging for a few minutes prior to the start, there was any discomfort, I could switch out before leaving my bag. As the gun time neared, the socks felt great. Light, with some compression feel that was nice, airy and ready to go. I stayed with them, but have to admit that I ran with fingers crossed!
Long story short, these are my socks. I am not a spokesman for Swiftwick, but I can tell you that I absolutely am excited about finding them. They are not cheap, so a reward might be in order before you go out and test them yourself, but I do highly recommend them. You might also want to know how your toes / feet respond to lightweight socks. If you have a tendency to blister, you might want to proceed slowly. I have never had that issue, so that's not a consideration. If you try them, let me know what you think.