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Runners - sore toenails? After half marathon
Old 04-29-2013, 06:18 PM
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Can any of you runners offer me some advice? I've been training for and finally completed my second half marathon on Sunday (YAY!) I ran/walked it and feel great today, except for my toenail on my left foot. OUCH!

It is not black or bruised, doesn't appear to have blood under the toenail and is not loose (can you tell I've been reading online?) but it is painful to the touch.

Any advice on how I can make it less painful? I think it was a combo of my feet swelling and maybe not lacing properly in all the excitement. I"ve done good distances in these exact shoes and socks without the issue, so I'm not sure what is different this time.

Thanks for your help!

Many of you know my weight loss story - this half marathon is just another step along the way! I overcame an injury and adjusted my goals to have a successful race! Here is my race report if you are interested: http://acreativeandcraftyinspiration...l-28-2013.html


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Old 04-29-2013, 06:28 PM
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but congratulations on your accomplishment. I did my first half 2 years ago with a friend. I was not in the best shape and her plan was run 5 minutes walk 1 minute. She was in worse shape than I was and we ended up walking most of it. I told her I would stay with her. Last Oct. I did the same course and was over an hour faster. This year I have plans to cut 1/2 an hour off my time. Keep it up.

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Nice article
Old 04-29-2013, 06:41 PM
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great inspiration
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:44 PM
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Congrats! My first half is in 8 weeks, I did 11mi this weekend (my longest run ever, I've done 10 a few times, but never more than 10). It could be small blisters, I've started developing them on the tips of my toes recently, they're so little I can't really see them-but boy can I feel them!
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:45 PM
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You did Nike womens!?! A woman I know did that one, I love the Tiffany necklace!!! I'm going to register for the lottery for this one for 2014!!


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Old 04-29-2013, 08:33 PM
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run anything close to a half marathon, but i do like to take care of my feet when i run. (i have had the sore toenail issue.) what works for me is making sure my toenails are trimmed SHORT--even just a little "long" can make a big difference. also, even though i wear 7.5 shoes, i buy size 8 running shoes and try to wear thick socks.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:45 AM
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I am not a runner either, but I do a lot of walking and hiking. I second the too long toe nail trouble. Could that be it?
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:14 AM
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Congratulations! I am so happy for you! You are an inspiration.
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Thanks!
Old 04-30-2013, 10:48 AM
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It is so weird that it happened on this distance but not any of my long training runs. I actually did this 13.1 miles faster than I did my 10 mile training.

I have my shoes that are a half size bigger and have plenty of toe-box space and I trimmed my nails last week. Weird.

I'm waiting to see if it falls off. UGH. All my serious runner friends are very non-chalant about it all "Yea, it will probably come off." And "Its a badge of courage" ahaha. not so for me! Gross!

And just in time for sandals season!
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:54 PM
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I did ballet for almost 15 years. I lost LOTS of toenails (oh the joys of pointe shoes!). I can only assume some things would be similar - make sure your toenails are short, definitely not past the end of your toe. If your shoes are at all too big, the repeated impact can bruise your toenail, and if they are too small, the constant pressure can as well. Go you for completing your half marathon! That's awesome!!


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Old 04-30-2013, 03:58 PM
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Great achievement! Thanks for posting about the toe issue.
I do Zumba 4 hours a week. I have one sore toenail, too. Would that be the same? I am pounding my feet. The toe does not affect me when I work out. When I sleep I have to hang me toe off the bed.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:18 PM
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Congratulations on your accomplishment! I've just finished my first 1/2 marathon as well and have the exact same issue you had. Both my big toenails are painful. Not black or blue. Just wondering what finally ended up happening to your nails.
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