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What Took You So Long?

August 3, 2009

If missing toenails disgust you then don’t look at the photo please.  Hey, I am now a member of the runners lost toenail club and I don’t know about you, but it is a pretty awesome club to be a member of.  Applications are in the back, please fill it out and leave it with me.  I will see to it that you become a member.


This is taken from my DAILYMILE workout report because 1) It is Monday and I am not creative on Monday’s and 2) Because I wanted to.

I got to meet two really cool peeps from Dailymile.  Matt and Juliette.  They are awesome and this proves my theory once again.  I have never met a runner I didn’t like and I don’t think I ever will.  For real peeps.

I lost my toenail. Enough said. :O) This was a pretty interesting run. I was ready to quit after 2 miles but somehow found the strength to press on. (Thanks Sam). The humidity in Prospect Park was intense. But once we exited the park it suddenly got way cooler and easier to breath. Running up Flatbush Ave was nice towards the Brooklyn Bridge. The Bridge was tough. Up hill then flat then more uphill I think. Now it gets all hazy for me. I just followed Samantha. At 5.82 miles my garmin froze up on me so I reset it and started it over so I started from the beginning sort of. We were at the Statue of Liberty – well not there but I saw it, then we were in Battery Park City, I think then when I hit 2 miles I stopped to walk and all of a sudden Samantha was gone. I was all alone in the big city. So, I kept going and going – I ran though SoHo and a man walking his dog shouted out to me “I admire you dedication” then hit Broadway turned right and saw the finishers of the 5K race SERGEANT KEITH A. FERGUSON 5K MEMORIAL RUN & WALK He died in the line of duty. I was actually able to grab a water and a piece of a cinnamon raisin bagel on the way back to the Brooklyn Bridge. It was kinda cool because I was cheering on the slower runners/walkers telling them they only had 1 block to go. So, as I was running back over the Brooklyn Bridge to downtown Brooklyn, the racers that were towards the back of the pack were going in the opposite direction so I wasn’t alone up there – then though the streets. I wanted to hit 5 miles and the moment my garmin beeped at 5 miles I stopped. I had to take the train home and while I was waiting for the train – being that I am a friendly gal I was talking to three sisiters ages 10 – 6- and 2. Well I said to the 6 year old “guess what I just did”? “I ran 10 miles”. She looked at me very serious and said “WHY” And you know for 1 moment and 1 moment only, I had no answer for her. Then I snapped out of it and said “because I want to be healthy and I love it.” She giggled.

It rained a lot. when i got home my toenail was precariously flapping back and forth. I bravely took it off and now I have a black soft toenail underneath. I hope thats normal. Or am I some weird mutant person that will always and forever have a black middle toenail?
10.82 miles 1.58.02 10.54 min/mile.
Mile 1 10.37
Mile 2 10.58
Mile 3 10.36
Mile 4 10.21
Mile 5 13.07
Mile .82 10.05
Mile 1 9.46
Mile 2 10.53
Mile 3 10.46
Mile 4 11.26
Mile 5 10.00
I have no idea if this is even accurate. Just seems all over the place. It was awesome to meet Matt and Juliette. They are FAST!! 2 week until NYC Half. I am psyched.

Daily Kick In The Butt
“Before a race, I focus on my goal and the hard training I’ve done. It motivates me to let it all out that day. For me, races are the celebration of my training. “

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2009 5:30 pm

    Only one toenail? I *guess* you can be a member but you will be required to lose another in the next 90-days (consider this your probation period).

    Love the direction your running is headed. You long runs are getting longer and your short runs are getting faster.

    There is no doubt that you will have an amazing day at the NYC 1/2 Marathon and I can’t wait to read about it.

    All the best,


  2. August 3, 2009 8:46 pm

    i have not yet lost a toenail. i consider myself lucky.

  3. August 3, 2009 9:48 pm

    I vote weird mutant person! LOL… My toe nails are permanently diseased. They resist all urges to fall off!! Nice run, sista!! The currently energy stream sez, we do it cause WE CAN!!

  4. August 4, 2009 12:09 am

    lol. congrats on losing a toenail! the picture was ok but hearing you describe the “flopping back and forth” i coulda done without 🙂 i’m sure the black softy will turn into/grow a regular nail again eventually!

  5. August 4, 2009 1:56 am

    I once had a toenail grow underneath a normal-growing toenail, so I then had to rip the “old” toenail off. But I’ve never had a toenail just fall off.

  6. August 4, 2009 3:02 am

    I’ve lost the 2nd toenail on both feet multiple times. It grosses everyone out but I feel kind like a hardcore runner when it happens 🙂

  7. August 5, 2009 3:14 am

    I’ve never *knock on wood* lost a toenail – yet. I did, however, cut one of them too short today and now it hurts like a mother!! Grrrrr.

    Great work on the 10 miles. Great split times too!!

  8. August 5, 2009 10:48 pm

    If I don’t lose at least one whole toe per run, I consider the run an utter failure!


    Glaven (“Stumpy”) Heisenberg

    (Now you know the “Q.” stands for “Stumpy”. Because my parents were illiterate.)

  9. carpeviam permalink
    August 10, 2009 9:09 pm

    Welcome. We’ve been expecting you. I have three that freqently secede from the 10 toenail union. They fall off eventually and then I paint the skin underneath! 😉

  10. Gretchen permalink
    November 25, 2009 8:48 am

    I found your site by googling…..I have been runing for about 7 months now, and was freaking out because I have lost 3-4 toe nails already. I feel much better, thanks for your post! I am currently at 10 mile runs at about a 10-1030 pace…I feel I have sooooo far to go. I also just paint my toes 🙂

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