Thursday, September 4, 2008

I am being a freak, but...

... I am now obsessed with the notion of losing toenails. I've been reading blogs of runners and walkers who do marathons, half-marathons and long-distance relays in the half-hearted hopes of some day being a runner who does a half-marathon, or even just a 10k.

And I'm finding this common theme: that these runners and walkers routinely lose a couple of toenails after a race. Excuse me? Lose a toenail? Hello? I did not know this was part of the whole "being a runner" thing when I downloaded Couch to 5k!

So today while running on the treadmill, a whole whopping 3.1 miles, I could just feel my toenails loosening up and threatening to fall right off. NOT A GOOD FEELING.

Hey, real runners, talk me down, here, because I'm working myself into a toenail losing frenzy.

3 comments:

Oliver Rain said...

I ran a marathon and I lost my two big toenails. I think it has to do with properly fitting shoes with enough support & stuff. I'm not sure if there is a way to prevent it, because the motion of running, forces your toes against the front of the shoe. Do they make toe-less running shoes perhaps? ha ha We have a store here called the Running Room. Maybe there is a similar store in your area where you can check into the whole thing.

Lisa Milton said...

WTH?

You're telling me that on top of the agony (can you tell I'm not a runner?) of running vast distances, you may lose toenails...

I'm so very disturbed. They just come off?

(I lost one to a heavy plate that I dropped on my toe. It seemed like it took forever for it to grow back.)

I'm now praying for your toes.

Kathy said...

I don't lose them when I do regular runs/walks. It is when I really push myself that I lose them. Like the Portland to Coast. I did the Great Columbia crossing last year. Speed walking and I had no problems. You will be fine, unless you push yourself really hard. :)