Better late than never

As I mentioned earlier, I recently had a black toenail issue. Well, Saturday after my run, which wasn’t a particularly long one according to my current standards (5.5 miles), I noticed that the same toe on my OTHER foot was starting to be a little sore and the toenail was a bit pinker than the others.

Oh no no no!

So I tried to keep it elevated as much as I could over the weekend, didn’t run yesterday (which was fine, hadn’t planned to), and this morning when I got up at 6am to run I got out the door, about a block up the road and realized – whoa, this is really hurting. So I turned back, changed back into my PJs and slept for another hour. Because while it’s possible it will just run the same course as the other toe and not be a problem, it’s also possible it will require intervention, draining, antibiotics, etc. I can’t risk a medical problem right now, just before I head out of the country on a much-anticipated 3-week vacation!

So today I plan to go and get some new running shoes at lunchtime, because I’m beginning to think the shoes may be the culprit. Either they’re worn out and need to be replaced, or the size/style just isn’t right for the kinds of distances I’m starting to run. If it was just the one toe I wouldn’t think anything of it, but the SAME toe on the other foot? I think it’s a fit issue.

I’ll go for a run tonight with my new running shoes after work, to make up for the missed run this morning. As long as I get it in today I’ll still make my goal of 18 miles this week (my weight mgmt weeks runs Tuesday through Monday so I never have to get on the scale on a Monday – those are hard enough already!)

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6 Responses to “Better late than never”

  1. stephenedwards425 Says:

    Okay I don’t mean to come off like some over worried running stalker, but be careful about running in new shoes.

    Having been a professional ultra-distance runner for 12 years, who ran 3160 miles across the US, and coached hundreds to run marathons and more, might I share just a wee bit of advice with you…

    1) When buying running shoes please buy them from runners who have been running for several years. Their experience is priceless.

    2) DO NOT buy from shoe outlets even if they are Nike or adidas or reebok or anyone else. Their shoes are too old and are already broken down. It is a long explanation, just trust me.

    3) Make absolutely sure you are fitted correctly…go by feel not size.

    4) Try on several pairs, ALWAYS left and right. By several, I mean as many as 15 or 20. If it is a good store they will understand.

    5) I will wear new shoes for a day before running in them. Helps them get broken in a little. If you can, buy two pair at a time and rotate them. Keep track of when you bought them and the mileage on each shoe. NO shoe will last more than 500 miles or 6 months.

    Just a few ideas.

    Be encouraged!

    • Laina Says:

      This is all fantastic advice, and I agree – you have a lot more experience with running than me, so I really value your input!

      I’m definitely going to a running store, not just a random shoe store. I’ve been through enough shoe cycles now to know that up to this point I prefer Asics, and Brooks do NOTHING for me, but now that I am having a problem I’m going to be open to trying anything that will help get the pressure off the toes!
      I’ve had to find a new running store since I recently moved, but if this new one I’m checking out today DOESN’T have a treadmill set up, or allow me to go outside with them and run a bit on the sidewalk I won’t buy from them.

      Thanks for your insight and advice. It is always welcome here!

      • stephenedwards425 Says:

        Thanks for being so gracious…one never knows when offering unsolicited advice, exactly how the recipient will receive it…although doing so did land me my wife…she says there is more to it…but I sincerely believe it was my fantastic, insightful, delightfully humorous advice about how to correctly use a hamstring curl machine, that first one her heart over.

        Best wishes and remember to look for an old salesperson, not to diss on the young, but our youth is wasted there.

        Be encouraged!

  2. Shonnie Says:

    great info in the comments. I am about to buy my first running shoes. I will use this info. 😀

  3. Caron Says:

    I’ve been reading posts and then having dreams about them. I dreamed last night that I not only had a purple toe but both of my feet were getting big purple blotches like bruises. I remember thinking “I’ve got to tell Laina about this.”

    I need new walking shoes and now I’m almost afraid to shop because I might get something really bad. 😦


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