Thursday, November 13, 2008

Marathons

I think I was a little harsh yesterday about the marathon.

I was lying in bed last night and thinking about the pros and cons of running a marathon.

Yes it would be a fun experience
Yes I love running with Winkly

BUT

No I do not want to lose any toenails
No I do not want to get injured, etc

So here's my new attitude and thinking...

IF Winkly can come up with a good marathon and it fits perfectly into my life and everything just works out then I will CONSIDER running one. Also everyone must give me advice on how to NOT lose any toenails while running a marathon (I am cringing just thinking about it). Of course this is still up in the air but I am trying to have a positive attitude and be open minded.


Also, I started reading my Runner's World magazine and I realized that I do love the articles but also I love all the motivational advertisements. For the December issue, look at the back outside cover - the NIKE ad pretty much sums up my life and I think every other runners life too.

10 comments:

nicole said...

Darlin, i've yet to run a marathon and i've already lost some toenails... and that was in high school! They hurt a little, and its gross, but its not as bad as you would think! :)

D10 said...

I have run 2 marathon and have never lost a toenail. I think as long as you are smart about training and stick to a plan you won't run into injuries. But, if you are going to commit to a marathon, you really have to want to run it.

Brad Braden said...

"..for there is no effort without error or shortcomings"

I do not know how, unless maybe your a pro, that training for and running a 42km race can fit perfectly into ones life.. You might lose a toe nail or two, consider them part of your finishers medal. But make the choice and if you... "fail well daring greatly, your place will never be with those timid and cold soles that know neither victory nor defeat"

cheers

Marcy said...

I didn't lose any toenails! One turned half black but it never came close to falling off. The trick is to keep them short.

As far as injury . . .like d10 said train smart and that should cut down on the occurrence of that happening.

Eric said...

8 years 4 marathons 1 tone nail and was in the first one make sure you have the right running shoes that are for you and in terms of injury avoid the asphalt run more grass dirt trails

The Laminator said...

I think it's possible to not lose any toenails in marathon training if you learn to lace your running shoes correctly. People just lace them one specific way and leave them. I've learn to readjust them every month or so to relieve pressure on different parts of the foot. It leads to more even circulation which means...no losing toenails.

So don't let that be the deciding factor...

Julianne said...

I think you should totally do a marathon! At least, one! ;-) I've trained and run 5 marathons so far and have NOT lost any toe nails. Seriously, none. Ok, my first year, one did become kinda loose but I realized it's because my shoes were too small. And, my toe nails were too long. I've fixed both and since well, I haven't had any issues. I always keep my nails short, really really short!!!

Oh have you tried Running Times mag? It's not as mainstream as the Runner's World. I subscribe to both!

*aron* said...

lol not everyone loses them and its not just from marathons :) plus crossing that finish line is totally worth all those little things like toenails. definitely think about it, but if you aren't ready to commit to it then i would hold off. you would do awesome :)

Melanie said...

I bet you'd be awesome in a marathon. I'm not sure about this whole toenail business... the only time I have ever lost a toenail was back when I still danced and did pointe... I've never lost one from running. I only run about 3 days a week, and while I deal with aches and pains and feeling tired during peak weeks, I find I can still balance the training with a busy schedule. I say if you feel tempted at all to try it, go for it! I'll be cheering you on the whole time!

lilrunner N.D. said...

Yea, not everyone loses the toenails. It is such a fun experience. I'm so addicted. I've never lost a toenail. The soreness the next few days is so great, like a prize trophy from your finish :) I'm nuts. DO IT!!!