300,000-349,999 SparkPoints 304,013

Endorphins, a Mixed Blessing

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Monday when I ran it felt so good. It had to be an endorphin rush. A few minutes after I was done, though, the second toe on my left foot started throbbing. I did not feel any problem at all during the run. If it wasn't for the endorphins I probably would have felt it and fixed it. I suppose without the endorphins few of us would want to run, though! I messed up. That is the toe nail that turned black after my January 2011 10K. The toe nail had grown out and looked almost normal, just a little thick. I believe it was a little too long and a little too rough and rubbed on my shoe and caught on my sock, causing the problem. I ran again today and again it really didn't bother me during the run, but now it looks and feels like I have a blister under my toe nail. Oh, well, this too will pass. It really is a little, little problem and one I don't think will interfere with running.

On a very positive note, my glute and back issue seems much better after my sports massage therapy session yesterday.

And another very positive note, we had a great local SparkTeam dinner this eve at a seafood restaurant I'd never been to before, but definitely will go to again. The company was fantastic. We enjoyed the food and the people very much.

Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    We enjoyed the team dinner too! That restaurant is one of our favorites and it is so close to our house too!
    1805 days ago
    Glad to hear you are back to running....sorry about the feet stuff.
    I too have feet stuff going on and have to wrap band aides on two of my toes now as the arthritis has my toes crossing over each other. I know I will have to get an operation on them some day so I can continue to walk but I am holding off as long as I can.
    Have a terrific week end.
    1805 days ago
    Good luck all the advise seems to be good here.

    I am steadily going up in size - good grief will be like a clown soon (no offense to clowns..........although they are weird)
    1805 days ago
    1805 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I agree with the others and it would be nice if it is just your shoe size or sock thickness. I have many foot problems and have had MANY surgeries so as I read this I could "feel" it with you! Hope you have as great a weekend as you did a night with your spark buddies!

    GREAT blog! emoticon
    1805 days ago
    I have tried several products on my toes (usually a case of shutting the barn door after the horse gets out) but for me Asics Chafe Free Original has worked very well at preventing toenail blisters from getting worse.
    1805 days ago
    I was wondering about the right shoe size too. Have you ever been fitted at a running shoe store? Now that you ARE an athletic runner, I thought it might be something for you to consider if you haven't already.
    Dinner sounds wonderful! Yay for fun:)
    1805 days ago
    Take good care of your toe. It could be the shoe is a little too small or your socks are too bulky and bunched up. But you still did great!
    1806 days ago
    Lots of good advice here from your runner friends! Even walking I've had to up my shoe size and be sure to keep those nails trimmed. Be well.
    1806 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I totally agree that your shoe is too small, Marsha. It might be time to get refitted with a gait analysis.
    Ah, does anyone get a rush of warmth when you hit that "runner's high?" I get that when I've given max effort in my run.

    1806 days ago
    Patience. Love those endorphins, but can lead to just this kind of thing. Sounds as though you are taking it in stride though... heal on! And spark a bit, too. emoticon
    1806 days ago
    Sounds painful Marsha, glad you enjoyed the run though!

    I got back on my bike yesterday after a spell away due to decorating and not being able to get to it in the muddle, and it felt A-MA-ZING!

    love endorphin rushes emoticon
    1806 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Is your second toe longer than your big toe? My Mom has that problem. You really have to make sure the toe box has enough room to accommodate it.. Have you ever been fitted by a professional running store for shoes? You are doing everything you can to improve your times, skill etc., maybe this is one more area to look at.. Toe issues take a long time to heal as the nail grows so slowly...
    I have had to have blood blisters popped. My podiatrist as had many a mess to clean up, but its because the one toe stands up, a botched surgery, not because my shoes don't fit properly.
    Keep on enjoying those endorphins and have a Fantastic Friday!
    1806 days ago
    Take good care of that foot! You're doing great!
    1806 days ago
  • UZA77777
    Such lovely positive energy thrown in to offset that not-so-great... and yes, it could be the toe of your shoe is too narrow. Or an ingrown toe nail (I've had that happen). In any case, what a fantastic habit to find two good things to say for every not-so-great thing. Whether it was intentional or not, I like that! And think I will borrow the idea.

    The Posture Doctor (Dr Paula Moore) recommends Vibrams Toe Shoes... ever tried? for running? I do not even jog and have never attempted wearing toe shoes of any kind--including ballet shoes ;) --so cannot give firsthand advise there but remember her YouTube video on this subject. Are you acquainted with her at all? I have a lot of body issues so I look for help wherever I can get it....
    1806 days ago
    Here's hoping that the toenail problem subsides -- worth attending to!

    Endorphins would be illegal if they could be bottled and sold!
    1806 days ago
    Endorphins = free "feel good" drugs! You gotta love them!

    1806 days ago
    Your shoes are too small.
    1806 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

More Blogs by SLENDERELLA61