The worst part of post-marathon recovery has been my toenails. After the marathon, when I took off my shoes and socks, I realized 3 toenails had painful blisters under the nails (including the two big toes). It seems my feet swelled throughout the marathon and the pressure on the top of my toes caused bruising and blisters. My shoes had fit fine on the 20-milers---not even one blister. But that extra 6 miles or the heat---something made my shoes too small by the end of 26.2.
So, I imagine in just a few weeks I'll be down to only SIX toenails. Just in time for summer. It was sort of a rite of passage when I lost the first one, but being absent four is a bit much. Especially the big ones. I think that might be rather noticeable.
I did "bathroom surgery" when I could no longer take the pressure under the nails. Every step had become very painful. So, I sterilized a needle and punctured the blisters. Then I had to press on already sore nails to drain the fluid out. ARE YOU CRINGING YET?? Because I am and I was THERE. It was the craziest thing I had ever done. I was like, "Good grief! Who have I become?"
Now they finally feel better. My quads are almost good as new, too. My knees and ankles held up amazingly through all this (thank you, glucosamine and chondroitin).
Today I mailed my registration for the Strawberry Festival 5K next Saturday, May 9. Hopefully I can get my feet in my shoes by then.
Marathoning is a WHOLE NEW WORLD. But I'm still planning #2. The St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, TN, is six months away. I'll be ready.