Posts Tagged ‘Toenail

09
Jan
11

wrong way round

Ah, the wonders of modern science. After 4 days of no running and with my toe back to normal (thanks to the miracle of Flucloxacillin one tablet four times daily an hour before food or on an empty stomach, complete the prescribed course or as otherwise directed blah, blah, blah), I awoke this morning fancying a run. And after last weeks run up the Downs with Hauling My Carcass, I also fancied a run that was hilly. A quick look outside didn’t fill me with confidnce as it looked very icy but not to be put off, I wrapped up and set off. Hertford is not known for it’s rolling hills so instead I’d decided to do all the hilly bits of my local runs so that the majority of the run would be uphill. Being fundamentally lazy, this meant tackling the routes in the opposite direction to the way I normally attempt them (ordinarilly I’d aim to minimise the ups and and maximise the downs). The overnight drop in temperature ensured that any surface not in direct sunlight was covered in in an icy layer that made running either up or down any incline tricky – I resorted at times to running with my arms outstretched to keep my balance. I am sure I looked like a overgrown child pretending to be an aeroplane.

So, another slow run (10.6kms in 1:05:28) and looking at the breakdown, my pace dropped to over 11mins/km on one of the inclines, but it was to be expected as I’d rather arrive home in one piece a little slower than risk speeding up and landing unceremoniously on the floor after losing it on an icy patch. Time for another quick run (or two) during the week and then it’s Grim on Saturday.

Soundtrack to this post: Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People

05
Jan
11

of seasonal excesses and toenails

Having spent the last 2 weeks in a seemingly non-stop eating frenzy punctuated only by bouts of sleep, it is nice to know that things will at last be returning to normal and that I am no longer in danger of developing Type 2 Diabetes in the forseeable future. The New Year’s exercise kicked off on the 2nd with a trip to beautiful Surrey for a run with Hauling My Carcass. He and I no longer work together and, with our homes now being at opposite sides of the M25, we don’t often get the chance to run together so Sundays 10ish kilometres up (and back down) the Epsom Downs was great and blew away some of the cobwebs. It was followed by a fantastic lunch during which we realised that we did exactly the same thing on 2nd Jan last year. OK, the location was different (last year was Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common) but the meeting up for a run and returning to a Gnocchi Bake to refuel could rapidly become a 2nd of January tradition.

Yesterday was my first day back at work in almost 2 weeks and by the end of it I really needed to get out and run. So once back home, I quickly changed in to my running gear and set off in the dark. I’m not participating in Janathon as I have a Grim in 10 days and then a Half Marathon in early Feb and another potentially planned for March, but do need to up the mileage so settled for an extended loop of just under 13 kilometres. I’d set off full of enthusiasm and about half way realised that I’d had a sandwich for lunch and nothing since, so the second half of the run was executed on a very empty stomach and was spurred on knowing that the quicker I completed the run, the sooner I would be able to eat. Running past a number of take-aways in the town was purgatory with the delicious smells wafting from them and still a few kms left to run.
I then awoke during the night to find the toe that lost it’s nail a few days ago was now very painful, had doubled in size and had a split near the remaining bit of nail that was weeping something very unpleasant. So a quick trip to the doctors first thing confirmed that it had indeed become infected and I was sent home armed with antibiotics. Still, the course of antibiotics should sort it within a few days which should be just in time for Grim. I love it when a plan comes together…

Soundtrack to this post: The Horrors – New Ice Age

23
Jun
10

sacrifice

Another busy one today but fortunately one where it was possible to work from home. As I had a lot to get done, and as I’ll have one eye on the England game this afternoon whilst working, an early start was called for – which isn’t actually too horific if working from home but does rule out the possibility of an early morning run. And… as it is my wedding anniversary today and we had decided on an Anniversary Barbecue, that effectively ruled out the possibility of an evening run too. So there was nothing left but to go out at midday, in the blazing sunshine and get 5.13kms in the bag.

The other day, Fitartist pondered the existence of The Toenail Fairy after her toenail came off. I too had a similar fate this morning when I realised that half of the nail on my little toe seemed to be sticking out at an unusual angle. A quick inspection proved that it was hanging off so I needed to remove it. I shall not be placing this under my pillow but instead I shall use it as an offering to The Juneathon God who I hope in return will look kindly upon my knackered legs and get them through the next seven days.

Juneathon so far: Run – 153.77kms / Cycle – 116.34kms

16
Jun
09

you are feeling sleepy…

Go To Bed Eyes – Recycling – Nail Vanish

Hungry.
And tired.
All the time. Although, strangely, I worry that every time I sit down I am going to fall asleep but once I’ve actually dragged my sorry self up and out on a run or a bike ride, I feel OK. Today was the turn of the bike for a number of reasons-
1) I wanted to check out a cycle route and see how far it is and how long it takes.
2) I am trying, where possible, to mix things up a little bit to keep me motivated but also to give my running muscles a rest once in a while.
3) Lastly, and most unpleasantly, after I finished posting yesterday, I realised that the toenail on my little toe was hanging off so had to perform a bit of surgery on myself and remove it completely. I’m not sure why it has decided to fall off and it doesn’t really hurt although there was a little bit of blood, but thought it might be wise to not run on it for a day or so.
So, as I am one toenail down and have a stupid day tomorrow which starts with a dentist appointment at 8am and then goes downhill from there, I may have to get a bit creative with tomorrows Juneathoning too. I see a cycle ride to the dentist becoming my days activity…

Juneathon Stats: 20.51 mile cycle

Soundtrack to this post: Do You Wanna Funk – Sylvester




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