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9/16/13 12:38 A

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Woah, that's too bad. What a shame that your mani/pedi was such a bad experience. I would definitely go with the woman who gets great reviews.

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9/15/13 9:39 A

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Thanks all! I had my "mani/pedi" yesterday.

I didn't need to worry, since they didn't do any of the typical pedicure stuff. I asked her to not do anything to remove my callouses, and she said... Oh no. Is is a special dry pedicure! We don't do that! So basically, they charged my husband twice as much for half the services, since there was no foot massage or anything. I've already written to complain about awful the whole experience was. It was dirty, my fingernails have scabs from how hard she dug at my cuticles, the staff was rude.

There's a lovely lady who lives in my neighborhood who has an in-home nail salon and my neighbors give her awesome reviews. Post marathon, I think I'll make an appointment with her!

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9/15/13 9:16 A

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I'd love to have a pedi. but I'm missing a few nails now and have had a couple of them regrow and they aren't too pretty either. I wouldn't let them dig around or anything like that this close to a race, but they can always make them look prettier with polish.

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9/14/13 10:31 P

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I would go to the spa and explain your situation and ask them to extend the gift certificate for a few days- till just after your race. I can't imagine they'd deny you, especially if you tell them how much a proponent your husband is- they'll consider you a potential repeat customer.
It's worth a try!
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9/10/13 10:10 P

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don't let them touch your callouses this close to race! I have done this as have other women I run with and paid the price for this with terrible blisters in marathon! Your concern is warranted!

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9/10/13 9:29 P

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Just do it! You will feel so much better afterwards!!

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9/10/13 9:10 P

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I get pedis all the time. But I have been told I don't have typical runner's feet (never had a black/lost toenail, minimal calluses)

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9/10/13 5:42 P

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I'd love to wait and do it as a post race treat... But the gift certificate will expire before then, so it must be this weekend or not at all.

I'll just let them know I don't want things messed with too much, just a gentle smoothing! I just wish I didn't have to do a long run this weekend too and I could enjoy pampered feet for more than a few hours!

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9/10/13 5:34 P

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Oh just get one! It is the best thing ever! You can discuss your situation with the manicurist, but I always have them smooth out everything. Feels so good and doesn't effect my feet when I run. I would have to stop running for about 6 months for my calluses to go away (it's happened), then you just blister again and build more :)

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9/10/13 5:11 P

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I was going to say that if you weren't going to use the gift certificate for the pedi, I will gladly take it. I enjoy getting pedicures. Now, that being said, when you do go, don't opt for the "callous remover".

Basically, there are usually two things used on the skin of your feet. There is a large emory board type of thing, which removes rough/dry skin, and an object often referred to as a razor (although it isn't a razor), which removes the callouses. I usually opt to NOT have the callouses removed because I feel they help protect my feet. So, just let the technician know that you don't want to have the callouses removed. One of the nicest things about getting pedicures is the foot massage, oh do they feel great!

Enjoy your mani and pedi!

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9/10/13 5:09 P

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I think I'd wait and consider it a post-marathon treat. Those callouses are there for a reason and no sense messing with them so close to your race.

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9/10/13 5:06 P

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I'm a runner and love pedicures! They do work on my callouses and I love it- they've never hurt. I'm disappointed when they DON'T work on my callouses- some don't. I've never had a problem with them, but I've never run a full marathon- just a half. I don't think the callouses ever go away, they just get rid of some of the build up.
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Okay, this may be a bit random... but I don't get mani/pedis. It just doesn't happen. My husband thinks I should though and to make it happen, he bought me a gift certificate for one. It is about to expire, so I've scheduled it for this weekend.

So... I'm 4 weeks to a marathon and I'm worried that my pedicure is going to hurt my feet! Like take off needed callouses and that kind of thing. Am I worried without cause or should I ask that the nail tech leave my rough spots alone? They aren't gross and horrible feet, just a few callouses on the balls of me feet and of course my toes!

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