Couldn't help myself....gotta post the toenail.
Colorado Marathon = one toenail race
I finally pried this off this morning after dealing with it's gross squishing noise and painful pressure. I usually just let it fall off but this one I had to break out the surgical instruments and go to work. It was so gross and finally peeled off with a sucking noise and had little bits of gooey slime attached- like something from aliens.
I let BF know that if he heard a thud to made sure I didn't fall out.
Quick race report: The Colorado Marathon in Ft. Collins was a blast. Started out chilly so I dressed in my CW-X (LOVE THESE) Pro tights, Hind Motion Sensor Sports Bra, UnderArmor Tech-T, Injinji socks, Pearl Izumi arm warmers, Windblocker lightweight gloves and Brooks Adrenaline Running Kicks. Added my camelbak waist pack filled only to 500mls with a tab of Kona Kola Nuun, a few packs of GU, a packet of accelerade, gum, and my new GoLite rain jacket as it was supposed to rain all race.
The clock started at 0615 and by about forty minutes into it I shed the jacket, tucked it in a nice little packet and secured it to my waistpack. Armwarmers and gloves came off shortly after and I probably would have been comfy in just running shorts, but the tights didn't get too hot so all was good.
I ran out of water by mile 22 so just grabbed water at the aide stations. I prefer to carry my own hydration so that i can just cruise through the stations and avoid the irritating chaos that happens at the water troughs. The nuun was perfect and after mile 22 I mixed half my packet of accelerade with an aide station water cup to throw in a bit of protein. I felt pretty good. Not a single port-a-potty visit THANK GOD so this was a totally different marathon for me than then last one. I did a short treadmill run and soaked in the hotel bathtub the night before. Ate only yogurt w/ granola and "safe" food, so my belly was cool and calm.
Finished the 26.2 miles in 4hrs 07 minutes (under 2hrs at the half marathon mark, so I totally felt like I underpaced not knowing what to expect of myself). I was hoping to get under 4hrs but whatev...I finished, am completely happy with my time, and still am walking right?! I was only a little sore but the hour drive home left me pretty stiff. Inhaled an entire meal of buffalo hot wings, a little bit of fish tacos, a little bit of burger, sweet potato fries, and such. (I won't go into messy details of my embarrassing feast.) Then promptly took a nap after being stuffed as a tick.
Got an hour massage by Kendra the next morning (heavenly) and by Tuesday I did a six mile brisk hike on a mountain trail with Argos. Down hills a bit harder than up but I was surprised at how less painful this marathon was than my first. I recovered quite well!
Biked to work last night and although I could tell a noticeable fatigue in my quads, I still hammered it out and biked home up the hills this morning. Leading back to the nail....glad it is gone- adios. Hope it never grows back. I am so tired of that same toe (on both feet) getting black nails and falling off. I am seriously thinking of getting them surgically removed. Can you really do that?
I know my shoes fit well- not too roomy in the toe box but not snug enough that they slam into the front. The injinji socks prevent the surface blisters super well, but I always get the super deep water/blood blister under the toenail on the second toe.