Wednesday, October 17, 2012

So, a runner gets an ingrown toe nail...

Three weeks before the marathon.
Now it's infected.

So, I have to have a procedure done to remove part of my toe nail on my big toe. After reading several NOT so encouraging posts about surgeries gone bad (Google can be a friend or foe), I finally found this article that laid it out. The recommended recovery time is one to two weeks of no strenuous activity. I'll be doing my long run (8-10 miles depending on what my toe can take) on Friday morning before the procedure.

Let's back up a minute. I have had to annually visit the podiatrist because my feet are prone to ingrown toe nails. As I was cutting my nails Friday night before my 20 mile run, I scraped out the cuticles like my Doctor has shown me to do. Well, I believe I became a bit aggressive and it started bleeding...oops. So, in typical me fashion, I put on Neosporin and ignored it because, well, blood and I don't mix. I woke up at 2am to a throbbing toe almost doubled in size. Insert NO SLEEP until 5:15am alarm. I tested out my toe, somehow got it in my shoe, and thankfully it went numb. 20 miles piece of cake. Sunday? PAIN. Monday? Oozing. Infected. You live, you learn.

The sad part? (In addition to the fact that the marathon is just 3 weeks away...) I'm supposed to be going to Bear Mountain with a fabulous group of friends for hiking and Oktoberfest Saturday. Therefore, if all goes according to plan, I'll be cuddling up to my iPad reading all YOUR blog posts and tweets while my friends enjoy some outdoorsy foliage fun. I missed this hike last year because I was sick and in training. What the heck!? I just want to hike gosh darn it!!!

Have you ever gotten injured right before a big race? Sprained ankle? Toe nail like me? Race-ending injured? Tell me about it. 

18 days until the ING NYC MARATHON!!!
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