There’s no denying it…I absolutely love my Mizunos. Back in March, when I began running again, I started out with Nike. Within a few weeks I had a raging case of plantar fasciitis in both feet. It was awful. I did a little research, tried on about a million different running shoes and eventually ended up with Mizuno Wave Inspire 7’s. In just a few weeks my PF was completely gone and I haven’t had an issue since. So, you can imagine my frustration when I started getting a black toe nail last month. Right after my virtual half-marathon. Surprisingly, I managed to save the poor thing. With constant TLC it actually started clearing up. Then I went for a 10 mile run yesterday and it’s back with a vengeance.
The thing about black toe nails is that it’s kinda hard to know exactly what’s causing it. Some say that it doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong, that it’s basically a rite of passage. They can be so common that some ultramarathoners opt to have them surgically removed rather than have to deal with them later on. It can be the position of your foot/toes as you run (when I get fatigued I start to curl my toes, which obviously causes the nail to rub into the bottom of my shoe). I’ve even read that socks that are too tight can be the cause of it. But the majority of people like to blame the shoes. In fact, just about everyone is quick to say “it’s GOTTA be the SHOES” which ends up reminding me of that Michael Jordan/Spike Lee commercial they used to play back in ancient-times…
Okay. Fine. I give. No, I’m not entirely sure it’s not the shoes. I’m willing to get a bigger pair, but there’s no way I’m getting anything other than my Mizunos. I’d rather have my toe nails surgically removed than have to suffer another morning trying to get out of bed with plantar fasciitis! So, I ordered the exact same pair last night, just a half a size larger. I’m a bit nervous about it, because when I was originally trying to find a pair of shoes I tried on the larger size and it felt a little big. But at this point I’m willing to give it a shot. I need to get this taken care of now since I’m only 8-weeks out from the Diva Half-Marathon!
And on a kinda sorta related note…today’s the day all 8 of you have been waiting for!! 😉 Yesterday was the last day to enter my SweatPink Runner’s Giveaway!! To give it an official feel I used random.org to select today’s winner and it’s….
Mollie at http://www.eatrunread.com/ !!! Congrats Mollie! And thank you all VERY much for entering!!!