Tuesday, February 24, 2009

(wo)man vs. machine

runner's lounge is holding another giveaway, and this time it's for some sweet iron-on reflectors from see-me-run. thinking back on my own running-mishaps i thought i should definitely get in on this one.

you see, in the early spring of 2007, my right big toenail was causing me a bit of pain when i ran, and i went to see a podiatrist. unfortunately he had the attitude of most medical professionals in regards to running and did not find my other purplish-black toenail to be as cool as i thought it was. my right toenail was ingrown and i had to have ingrown toenail surgery. i had to wear an attractive black shoe-boot for about two weeks to alleviate any pressure on the area and to prevent what was left of my nail from being knocked loose by rubbing against a toe box. obviously i was also not supposed to run or perform ‘strenuous activity’ for two weeks. two weeks! for a toenail! you’d have to be crazy to think i’d stay out of my running shoes that long, especially for just a toenail.


toe box problem? solved. i didn’t want to ruin any of the shoes i was running in at the present time, so i took an older pair and cut the toe box off of the right shoe so that i could still run. (i don't remember why the heel was also cut away, but i presume it may have made it easier to slide my gimp toe in the shoe without jamming it against the sides along the way.) i also took a sock and cut the big toe tip off.


don’t ask me why i still hold onto both the cut up shoe and sock. sentimental reasons? maybe. or perhaps i'm planning for the inevitable, and the day when i may need to run in them again.

like most runners would do, i kind of heeded doc’s advice. i took one day off from running following the surgery. one day, fourteen days, it’s all the same. it’s just a freakin' toenail after all. my altered shoe and sock seemed to work fine and i was no longer having any pain.

about a week after the surgery, i was running with my friend katie on our normal route. we got to an intersection and stopped to wait for the traffic to clear. a four-door sedan was coming up from our left and turning right onto the road we were running on. don’t ask me where my eyes were looking. i thought the car had rolled on through the turn and i stepped off the sidewalk, into the back passenger side door of the car. (like i said, don’t ask where my brain or eyes were.) my arm hit the roof of the car and the right rear tire ran over my right foot as it turned and continued on it’s way. yeah, my newly-removed-ingrown-toenail-right foot that was exposed to the elements because of my brilliant idea to cut off the toebox and run anyway. katie was on my left and when she stepped off the sidewalk to run she was safely behind the car. we crossed the intersection, ran a few feet and she goes, wait, did that car just run over your foot? i was ever-so-slightly limping but i wasn’t in much pain. the skin on my toes had been rubbed off and that burned a little, but my toe/toenail felt ok. katie, in school at the time for nursing, forced me to turn around and walk/jog back to our cars (about 1.5 miles).

we got back to our cars and sat down to assess the situation. my toenail actually looked ok. the skin was pulled off, but there wasn’t much bleeding and the toenail still looked attached as far as i could tell. i dreaded having to call the podiatrist in the morning to tell him that not only did i not-listen to him, but i also managed to get my foot runover as well.

luckily, there was no ‘damage’ from the incident. no bones had been broken and the toenail was still clinging to my toe bed. i didn’t even get too bad of a lecture from the doc, must’ve been my cute and innocent face, right?

while i managed to get away without anything more than a scrape, the situation could have been a lot worse. i know this incident happened because i was not paying attention, and as runner’s we need to be even more alert to our surroundings than normal. i already do not run with music (just a personal preference) but when i know someone heading out for a run with an ipod i make sure to remind them to not crank up the volume too loud so they can hear the cars and people around them. i have become more and more attentive to my surroundings, especially on a run, and sometimes i get back to the house and can list off a few license plates and cars that i saw. so be safe running, whether in dawn, broad daylight, dusk, or the darkness of night. we are all behind the wheel at times ourselves and i know you are not always giving your full attention to the road then either ;-)
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  1. Now that's a good story. I got to try out the iron on reflectors from see me run a last fall as part of their beta test I guess. I thought they were pretty cool. If you're going to wear reflective stuff, it may as well be in a nifty running related pattern.

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  2. Amazing post! You are one hard-core lady! I love that your 'fixed up' your shoes to allow you to run, but can't believe that you got that toe run over, and kept going a bit! Your reminder is a good one. I do run with music, but only in one ear, and at a low enuf volume to be totally aware of my surroundings.

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  3. All of us runners are so damn stubborn. Don't worry, I would have done the same thing!

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  4. That is crazy! Good thing it wasn't any worse. Jeez!

    Thanks for the reminder -- we all need it, I think.

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  5. I winced as I read your post. What a story!

    I am so glad nothing else happened to the poor toe.

    Great reminder. Running becomes so mechanical at times (we just want to get that x miles done!) that we need to keep telling ourselves to pay attention.

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  6. Great story! And of course good advice too. I run with music, all the time; but it is very low. It's usually just to distract me from my own breathing...

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  7. What a story. You are too funny cutting up your shoes!

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  8. Ohmigosh, I can't stop laughing at the shoes! Now THAT is dedication. I cringe at the thought of having my foot run over,but somehow it doesn't surprise me that you were tough enough to come out of it unscathed.

    Thanks for sharing your story! I promise to look both ways.

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  9. Your re-engineered shoes are hilarious! I think it's great that you hang on to them, especially for the photo opportunities they provide.

    I have been in the position of not fully paying attention to my surroundings while running, but I haven't had a car run over me. I almost ran directly in front of a car one time, stopped short part way into the road when I realized what I was doing. Fortunately the driver wasn't one of the many jerks on the road, they stopped and kind of laughingly waved me in front of them.

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  10. I love how the moral of the story is "pay attention to cars" and not "listen to your doctor". Hee.

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  11. Lindsay oh my gosh that is a good story! First I love that you are so hardcore that you cut your toe box out of shoes so you could still run, and 2nd I love that you managed to get that same foot run over by a car. Lol, be careful out there.

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  12. Pssh...two weeks for a toenail? I wouldn't have listened either.

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  13. Glad the car didn't do any real damage. I have to say, that was a pretty crafty idea though cutting off the top of the shoe.

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  14. You need the relectors! LOVE the creative use of shoes and socks!

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  15. by the way, thanks for the advice; I'll have to try to find a fun video to try it out with today

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  16. Goose! Those shoes and sock crack me up.

    Hope you're taking care of yourself!

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  17. yikes that is a crazy story!!! love the cut up shoe :)

    i try to keep my ipod on low, i can always hear around me... and when its dark i try not to use it at all.

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  18. Oh wow, that is quite the story! Glad to hear there was no major damage, but hilarious how you altered your sock and sneaker!

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  19. The car just came out of now where as Lindsay curiously stepped into the street and gave it a huge hug. Wow, I am glad nothing serious happened and that you are ok now. As far as music, I dont listen to it if I am outside, just on the treadmill. I prefer nature's sounds outside. Music outside would probably mess up my stride or something. You know, the tempo. Well......Glad you are still around, and your toenail included.

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