Disclaimer: If you are eating or if you are easily grossed out by running-related foot disfigurements, skip this post.
Let’s talk toenails.
I get asked a lot of questions about toenails by new runners and non-runners alike. New runners are often worried about theirs, while the non-runners tend to be more concerned with the state of my toenails, especially after long, hilly races or long, steep descents.
The toenails in question today fell victim to Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Lucky for me, they are not mine.
Enough about that. Let’s cover the important stuff:
My toenails turned black/brown/purple after my last run, are they going to fall off? It is pretty likely.
Is it going to hurt? Nope. You shouldn’t feel a thing. In fact, for most people it is a relief when they do because they will feel annoying, but not painful, in the days leading up to their demise.
Can I wear open toed shoes ever again? Sure. Notice the nail-shaped paint job on the toes above. After several hours barefoot together, I was completely unaware that they were fakies until their owner pointed it out.
Will they ever come back? I can’t make any promises here, I can only vouch for mine coming back every single time.
My question: Has anyone ever talked a pedicurist into painting nail shapes onto their toes? I haven’t gotten up the nerve to ask yet.
This weeks cardio was all toe-sparing bike rides. Surprise, surprise.
Sunday: NROLFW Workout 7-2
Monday: 15 miles bike trainer
Tuesday: NROLFW Workout 7-3, 12 miles bike trainer
Wednesday: 14 miles bike trainer
Thursday: 15 miles bike trainer
Friday: NROLFW Workout 7-4
Running Weekly Total: 0
Running 2011 Total: 307.36
Miles on Shoes: 248.96
Miles on New Shoes: 27.4
Cycling Weekly Total: 56 (measurable)
Cycling May Total: 96.5 (measurable)
Cycling 2011 Total: 597.95 (measurable)