There are obviously many benefits to running, improved self-confidence, better health (to an extent), and the running community to name a few. However, there are also some not so wonderful things that come along with being a runner including pouring your paycheck into signing up for races, chafing, and the worst one of all: runner’s feet.
Now, you guys, I’ve never had really pretty feet. It’s just not how I’m genetically inclined but lately my feet have been looking ROUGH. In fact, they’re so gross, that I won’t even look at them. I have calluses everywhere, a nasty blister upon a blister upon a blister on the inside of my big toe (from my old shoes, no new blisters since I’ve switched), no pinkie toenail on one foot, and my big toenail has turned a ghost-like shade of white (not toenail colored..).
Anyway, many runners wear their missing toenails, blisters, and calluses proudly but I have to admit, I keep hoping that I’ll go to bed one night, wake up, and they’ll have disappeared. In fact, I’m so embarrassed by how torn up my feet are that I’ve been putting off getting a pedicure (this lovely lady bought me a Groupon for one) because I just plain feel bad. How can I ask someone else to touch my feet when I don’t even want to look at them?
So my question to you guys is, how do you deal with the unpleasantness of runner’s feet? Are you proud of your errm “battle wounds”?