“You actually do that for fun?”
“Oh wow!! That’s amazing.”
One time I got, “You probably have some really gnarly feet.”
Maybe I do? We were recently in Mexico for a family vacation and B says to me (in the very sweetest way), “how about you take some time for yourself and go get a pedicure?” Message received.
In my defense, if I stay on top of caring for my feet, they aren’t too gnarly. Here’s what needs to be done:
Since feet swell during running, it’s important they have lots of room. My Nikes are a full size bigger than my everyday shoes.
Don’t clip toenails right before a long run or before a marathon. I still clip them regularly, I just make sure they’re not freshly clipped on race day or long-run day. If I did, there would be not as many toenails to clip.
Regular pedicures will help keep callouses down (thick callouses can crack and become painful), and will prevent ingrown toenails. (Add to the list of reasons to run- regular pedicures.) Most runners believe in keeping all callouses, but for me, its more problematic to let them build up.
Some other gnarly feet help:
1. Aquaphor: put it on your toes before your long run. It reduces friction, which reduces blisters.
2. The right socks will keep blisters at bay. I love these Feetures. I’ve worn them for years. Thick socks make me blister worse. These are thin with just the right amount of compression.
Through all my marathon running I have only lost one tiny toenail. It’s true! Everyone is different, but marathon running does not mean you have to go without toenails. Or have gnarly feet.