Therein lies the toe rub

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toe rub
My little left toe and its nearest neighbour, rub each other the wrong way.

And yesterday, after my run, I discovered they'd made a bloodbath. So I wrapped the neighbour in a nice plaster with little trains on it, and thought no more of it.

I'm hurt real bad!


Today I went running, but after three miles my little left toe started sending me frantic messages:

'I'm hurt real bad!'

I ignored it, because I hate whiney toes. But after another mile it hurt so much I decided I to take a look.

I took off my shoe, and saw my little toe's neighbour's plaster had created a nice big blister on my little toe! Feeling like the little mermaid I tried to hobble home, because there was no way I was putting my shoe on again. It hurt too much!


How do I get home?


'So this is barefoot running', I thought to myself. But soon my feet started to hurt and I tried to find another solution. I tried to tie my whole shoe beneath my foot, but that most certainly didn't work. Then I had this great MacGyver moment:

'I'll use my sock to wrap my little toe in! And then I'll put my shoe on.'

So I did, and it felt wonderful! 'I can walk again!' I shouted in delight.

But when I got home I put a plaster on my little toe, just to be sure. It had little eskimo's on it.

I hope it's neighbour doesn't get jealous.


How to prevent toe rub: tips and pointers!

Using some lubricant, like Bodyglide, on the toes that rub each other the wrong way can help a lot. Also make sure your running shoes are suitable for your feet.

You could also buy some toe socks, like Injinji toe socks.

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4 comments:

  1. I'm afraid I don't run but my husband used to do marathons a few years ago. He found the same problem and we managed to get these little foam toe covers that weren't expensive. So your toe has a little individual padded "sock". They really did help. He also says going up a shoe size helped a lot too. At least you were able to find an instant solution mid run and make it home again!

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    1. That sounds like an inventive solution Julia. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. Oh no! I totally understand this. When I was training for a half marathon a few years ago I was on a very long run and the same thing happened. I came home and my shoe, sock everything was bloody and gross! My biggest tip is make sure your toenails are cut very short!

    Nicole | The Professional Mom Project

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    1. Yes it can get really bloody inside your running shoes! My nails are nice and short, but nevertheless my toes rubbed each other the wrong way...

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