Sunday, October 7, 2012

The World's Grossest Toe. I Promise.

I found myself at mile 16, sitting in the grass near Balboa Park with a burning pain in my toe.  I felt like death.  Dehydrated, under-fueled and weak.  I could feel this awful blister building since mile 7 or so and at this point it was wreaking havoc on me, threatening to ruin this run.  I took a moment in the grass, attempted to adjust my thick compression sock, and told myself to suck it up and get on with it.  I really did need fuel and a new, thinner sock so I stopped back home at mile 17.  I took off my sock to find this nasty blister.

WARNING:
Graphic image of Kate's toe below!!!
Now is your chance to leave.

I hope you weren't eating dinner. 

Once I realized how disgusting my toe looked, I kind of felt like a bad ass for making it 17 miles.  I couldn't NOT finish my 20 miler though.  That marathon is right around the corner!  So I did what all tough guys girls do, and I hopped on the treadmill for the final 3 miles. 

20 miles done.  It was a terribly slow long run because of the blister and some plantar fascia issues.  I also had only half of a GU and waited way too long to start drinking water.  Both rookie mistakes, but hey, today was just about getting the miles in.  That was good enough for me.  A nice, long progression run can happen another time. 

I've had yesterday and today entirely to myself while Ang is away at school this weekend.  It was nice to have some time to just sit with myself and think.  I tend to be pretty busy so I was excited about the chance to do, well, nothing.  I slept in late, cuddled with the dog, watched some Grey's Anatomy (someone told me it was good again), cleaned the apartment and best of all, bought and started a brand new journal.  One of my all time favorite things.  I bought it from this really neat, Indian gift store right around the corner.  Then I sat my butt on the couch and started writing.  Thoughts just came spilling out.  I don't do that enough.  Who has the time?  But it's so good for us.  To pause.  Reflect.  Think ahead.  Look back.  And just write down anything and everything that comes to mind.  I find it cathartic.  



Now, I am waiting for Ang to return from her run this evening so we can stuff our faces with some Thai food from this place...  the tummy is a rumblin'! 



Do you ever take a complete rest day, as in, do nothing?

Any gross feet photos?  Send 'em my way! 

55 comments:

  1. OMG! That WAS gross! Ha ha. And that's exactly what two of my toes looked like
    after this summer's hot half. Lost both toenails in short order, too. Now I slather my poor toes in vaseline.
    ❀Barbara❀
    My Running Shortz


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    1. Barbara, you should have taken a picture! Am I the only one that gets enjoyment out of this stuff?

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  2. Kate. Honey. EWWW!!! LOL You're right. You definitely win the world's grossest toe award.

    I can't remember the last time I had a day to do nothing. I'm off work tomorrow and was hoping to take it easy, but it's not looking like that's gonna happen!

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    1. You need a PAM day! I officially order you to have a personal day. :) If I could just fly out there and force you to, I would. Well, I would actually make it a Pam & Kate day, let's be honest.

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  3. OMG it looks like your toe is melting. As a runner, I feel a little sorry for my feet; they go through absolute hell. It sounds sick, but do like it when I take off my shoes after a hard run and my socks are all blood-stained; makes me feel so hardcore (even though I am a totaly wimp).

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    1. It does, doesn't it? That's all skin though! Blood stains totally make me feel bad ass. I'm with you on that!

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  4. I agree with Elle's comment--looks like it is melting! So funny. I have had a nasty, huge blood blister after a couple of marathons. Same foot, same spot, only in a marathon. Why that extra four miles over a training run does me in is beyond me!

    I would love a day like that to do nothing! If only we had parents nearby to take our kids for a full day and do that!

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    1. The life of a mother! I forget that one day (if I have children) it won't be as easy to have a "me" day. In fact, it will be darn near impossible! I don't know how you busy mamas do it!

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  5. You toe totally looks like it's melting off. Wow.

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  6. Oh my gosh! That happened to be in Disney during the Goofy last year - only mine was from my toe all along the side of my foot. It looked just about as horrible as yours! And, no one believed me that blisters could get that bad. Thanks for letting me know I am not alone in that! I hope your toe feels better soon too. :)

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    1. You are certainly not alone! Last year, at the Surf City Marathon, I remember hitting mile 18 and at the same time feeling a blister pop on this same toe. I could feel liquid (which turned out be blood) just oozing out. But hey, no stopping!! Right? :)

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  7. I love do nothing days and its funny how hard they are to take sometimes.

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  8. OMG Kate!
    That toe IS gross - and this is coming from someone who's had her fair share of bloody blisters and lost toenails.

    How did you keep running on that foot?!?

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    1. That is a great question. I'm not quite sure... They say it's 90% mental, right?

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