Months ago, I posted about one of my ultimate fears from running — an ugly feet & my first taste of dead toenails — which was further aggravated by my second 21k race @ QCIM. October 2009 – two half-dead toenails – I could have stopped then, I could have slowed down. “Probably my size 5-feet are not meant for running longer distances”….” Probably I should just be playing tennis. ” I chose to deal with it though! They say it will grow back. I hoped!
While patiently waiting as the new nail pushes the black portion up by a millimeter per day, I followed some of the experts’ advice:
Changed my running shoes
My toenails dillema started when I got myself a pair of Newtons. I am not sure if its the real culprit as I was fine with it racing at 10ks. The shock started when I explored the unknown 21k distance back then in my Newtons. As I have experienced in my first 2 21ks, the struggle happens at the 16th-18th k. Body is fine, mind is fine, legs are okay…my feet feels like its inside my 6-year old niece’s shoes. I’ve noticed also that the allowance of about half inch between my toe and the insides of it is so much smaller. Yeah, I guess my feet has grown bigger. I still use my newtons in my 30 minutes slow runs. (As an accountant, I still wanna amortize it over a certain period before writing off …hahaha)
Cut my Nails Short
I know I should have done this way before but didn’t really take it as a serious advice. “Learned it the hard way”. Now, I keep my nails short and rounded. Not square as its also bad for ingrown nails.
Shy Away from Stilletos
Two days after QCIM, I wore an Aldo 3-inch shoes for a meeting in Trinoma. Not realizing, I’m up for several kilometers of walk from parking to meeting place. This is not exactly how I planned my recovery run to be. Lo and behold! Aching feet, even worst than the 18th to 21st k of QCIM. I had to buy a new shoes so I can walk back to parking. Bad for my budget, but it was a *worthy investment …she has been my dearly beloved shoes since that day.
* worthy investment is relative…only girls might be able to relate to this claim
I still wear my 2-3 inches shoes…but only on occasions. If I am not meeting anyone, you would see me wearing my beloved shoes or anything from the collection of our own Sasha shoes which is a comfortable fit for me.
Well, not wearing stilletos have no scientific basis actually. I guess its just that I feel my feet deserves some rest and I wanna reserve the stress to running related activities. So girls, no worries! Running wouldn’t deprive you of that great feeling of strutting in 3-inch high shoes.
February 18 marks the fourth month from the birth of my two half-dead toenails. I have continued my running dreams (and in fact finished my first full marathon @ Condura) without any additional toenails death….
I have survived. Thanks to dark nail polish! Thanks to closed shoes!
Now, My New Dillema
I have about one centimeter of new toenails. The black ones are peeling off that I got so eager to cut it last night. Yes, one third of it. So I now have less of the black. One third black, one third new, One third exposed skin. Bad news is – it doesn’t look good with polish with only 2/3 s of my toenails painted. I should have waited. =)
Now, closed shoes is the only option at hand. (if you have other options let me know). Just when its summer….and sun dress = sandals. Gets? Don’t mind me please. =)
Let’s just run!
They say that your fears are easier to overcome when you are with friends who could relate. After an 800 x 5 workout at the Ultra, me and the Team Bald Runner classmates went out for dinner at Metrowalk. No worries about wearing slippers showing my ugly toenails – they understand!