Monday, June 9, 2014
Toe Nails - Shmoe Nails
When I first started running, I couldn't imagine a body part actually dying ... while still on my living body! And the first time I lost a nail, it kind of freaked me out a little. The first one to go was the pointer toe on my right foot. I lost it training for my first marathon. I remember it was really painful. But now days, it seems like I can damage one without even hardly noticing it. Sure, it'll be sore for a few days, but when it finally turns completely black, I don't seem to feel it any more.
Typically runners lose toe nails because of shoes or socks being too tight. I'm no exception. I've kinda got the shoe thing figured out by now, and don't really have shoe tightness. But some days I seem to accidentally gird my socks up a little too much, and when I get home, I notice the dying process beginning. The unfortunate soldier will at first be red and painful to touch. After a few days of that, it will inevitablly turn black, and finally just a crusty yellowish-brown as the new nail begins to grown in underneath it.
Right now, 4 out of 11 toes have some sort of an issue. The most painful one is the little toe on the right foot. Sometimes it curls completely under my foot and I actually step on while I'm running. It's done that since I was a kid. I think I might have banged it on a chair or table leg and broken it when I was younger, and it just stayed deformed. That one kinda gets y attention right now, but the others are simply good dinner conversation starters.
Anyway, just thought I'd share. If I were creepy, I'd say, "Hey, I'd love to see your weird feet photos!" But honestly, I'm fine with you keeping them to yourselves. Have a great week!
... be great today!