That’s what my toes look like at the moment. Luckily there’s no pain that accompanies the color scheme. I’ve had this a few times over the years and so far it has never been sore. In time the nails just fall off and usually a new nail will be in place before that happens.
I think the main reason I have the black toe nails at the moment is the sand I had to deal with during the Odyssey Ultra. This is what my shoes looked like when I took them off after the race.
You can also see why I had a painful blister on my right heel. The blister has since completely recovered.
Talking about recovery, I’ve had a few questions and comments regarding my 6 day training weeks I posted last week. In general people want to know how I handle recovery and how do I stay injury free.
I’m an ultra runner and all my goals for the next 3 to 5 years are ultras or other races that will take more than 6 hours to complete. For this I don’t do any speed work or repeats of any kind. I believe that is the key to me being able to run 6 days a week. No speed work, no repeats.
My ultra training is based on distance and recovery between long runs. Being able to recover after a 6 day running week that finishes with a marathon to follow that with a 6 day week that finishes with a 50km is the key to building up for the long ultras. That’s what works for me and that’s how I’ve been doing it for years. The fact that I never push for speed during any of the 6 runs of the week makes this possible.
Have a wonderful week of training everyone!