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Confessions of a Novice Runner #5: Toenails are Overrated

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Last summer, once I crossed the ten mile mark, I suspected I need a pair of running shoes with a little more cushion. This was going to be especially true, as far as I was concerned, if I ever decided to run a full marathon. No problem, I ran over to my favorite shoe store and proceeded to go through the long arduous process of finding a new pair of running shoes.

Ok - maybe it is just a long process for me. It goes on for a couple of hours normally and involves the sales reps carefully carrying tall teetering towers of boxes containing shoes for me to try. Seriously, I'm not sure how they tolerate me every time I set foot - pun intended - into the store.

I am picky, nonetheless. I want a light weight shoe with just the right amount of support as well as an open/nonrestrictive toe box. I am currently in Saucony's but always look at my other options.
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When I did decide to get a new pair of shoes, I erred on the side of caution and took them out for a couple of shorter runs to test them out. It seemed to be business as usual just with a little more cushion. I crept the mileage up a little - still all good.

When the weekend arrived, I threw on my new shoes for my long run - about eleven miles. It went fine and I went home to shower and change. Once my shoes came off I realized that my middle toe on both feet was sore. The left one wasn't terrible but the right one was excruciating. Not knowing what it was I threw an ice back on both and called it a night.

They were both still tender the next day but not bad so I went along as planned with a short run.

A couple of weeks past and I got a pedicure. Aside from being scolded by the little Korean woman for always picking black polish, it was uneventful.
The following week, I went to yoga. It was a 90 minute vinyasa class and I planted my butt in the front of the class - not by choice - I was late and it was the only open spot.

Part way through the beginning of class, we made our way into downward dog and as I stared, upside down, at my feet, I noticed something looked off about my toe. We continued through the rest of the series then back to mountain pose to start the series or vinyasa, again.
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Forward fold - hands dangling to the ground - yep, that right toe does not look right.

Flat back - It looks weird. Maybe it is the polish.

Back to forward fold - hmmm, let me touch it.

With that the nail didn't just fall off, it POPPED off and went about two feet ahead of me.

OH MY GOD!!! WTF!

To add insult to injury the teacher saw it and began to approach it, I'm sure assuming it was something she should retrieve for me. I scrambled to get it before her, mortified as all the scenarios clambered through my mind in seconds.

Crisis averted - kind of. Try to relax knowing that you have your freshly pained black toe nail tucked away in your sports bra for "safe" keeping. Seriously? UGH!

The remainder of the class was spent with me carefully coming up with new and creative ways to conceal the offending toe from those around me. I wonder if there are any twisted toe poses?

Namas-toe ~ Theresa

13 comments on "Confessions of a Novice Runner #5: Toenails are Overrated"
  1. I have horrible toes. It comes from the time I used to ballet. They got deformed and the blood circulation is so bad that my nails suck too.
    Well, at least I don't need to show them a lot. :$

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    1. Debbie, I will never be a foot model. It's all good though and I'm just glad they don't make open toed running shoes. LOL

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  2. I'm laughing so hard thinking of your toenail popping off and the instructor going for it! I have lost a few toenails too. For me, 8 miles is the magic number. Runs longer than that and they pop off.

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    1. I've only lost one from running so far, which I consider great. I walked the 3 day 60 mile walk for breast cancer a number of years in a row and lost a few doing that. Of course, I'm only one year into running so I have plenty of time to lose a few more.

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  3. baaaaaaahahahahahah!!!! This is great!!! I can't imagine...well, yes I can and I'm glad it hasn't happened to me..yet!

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    1. Yet! That's the magic word. I was thinking of you when I was talking to one of my crazy Ultra running friends and from the sounds of it, she loses toenails like a snake shedding skin. Good luck! I expect before and after pictures.

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  4. Pedicures are a must for runners. I also put on aquafor every night before bed and wake up with ofter feet-give it a try. We all lose toe nails from time to time-at least they grow back.LOL
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    1. I had a great pedicure, Deborah, but she went out of business and now I am searching for a new one. Not easy in a small town. :(

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    2. If it wasn't for the blister I got during my last half, I'd be scheduling a pedicure today. I'll have to give the aquafor a try. My poor feet need all the help they can get.

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  5. Ahhhhhh... I have lost toenails before, but never in such an eventful manner. Quite the story.

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    1. Abby, I lost a one after a breast cancer walk. Didn't realize it was about to come off until someone was kind enough to point out the fact that it was hanging by a tread (so to say). So awkward. Why can't mine just come off at home?

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  6. Seriously FUNNY! I never read something so funny about a toe nail in my life! Thank you and peace be with your nail.

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    1. Amber, my poor feet can't catch a break!

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