Exactly 4 weeks ago today I noticed that one of my toenails was purple. It was the day I ran 6.2 miles for the first time. It didn’t particularly hurt, it was just reddish-purple. I left it alone and figured it would sort itself out like a good little minion. I’ve never had such a thing happen before, but like I said, it didn’t hurt.
Over the last month it hasn’t gotten any better, in fact it’s now black, the skin underneath it is a little black, and the nail is starting to have a bit of a grey sheen to it, not unlike a snake getting ready to shed. Still doesn’t hurt, and in the last month I’ve been able to continue running my little heart out – last weekend I posted my longest run ever, so obviously it’s not causing me any problems. Just…looks weird.
Today I finally got around to googling it and turns out a black toe is no big deal, fairly common for runners and ignoring it is exactly the right course of action. So that’s good news. I’m growing a “toenail in training” under there!