Yesterday I had to a pay a visit to the podiatrist for a toenail that hasn’t looked right for a while. Most runners will lose a toenail at some point in their running career. I have been fortunate to lose more than a few in my lifetime! It was almost a year ago that I tried a pair of Brooks Green Silence that caused my second toes such grief that I had to return them. Every since those toenails got mangled, the second one on my right foot has never been the same.
A Visit to the Podiatrist
I finally went to get it checked out and the podiatrist diagnosed it as a toenail fungus. He cut my toenail back and gave me an antifungal to put on twice a day for the next six weeks—I seriously hope I remember to do it twice a day! Apparently they cut off the part of the nail and then send the sample out to be analyzed—eewww!
At least it looks better now, and hopefully it will be gone for good. I will spare you a picture of what the toenail looked like. Suffice it to say, if you have a toenail that looks like it might fall off but doesn’t and this goes on for months, you should probably check it out!
I learned that trauma to your nails (medical term for f*cked toenail) makes them susceptible to toenail fungus. That’s your random fact for the day. Now back to regularly scheduled programming…Although I am including one speed day a week, this fall and winter is going to be all about base building. I am at about 30 mpw, and if I get to 35-40 mpw over the winter, I will have a great base for half marathon (and maybe marathon!) training.