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Save Your Toenails This Race Week with These 3 Must-Know Tips!

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

With St George Marathon THIS WEEK!!! Let the excitement is building up! But let's not forget the small things that make a big difference – like keeping your toenails intact. I know it's a weird topic, but trust me, you don’t want to lose a toenail (or more) after your big race.

Losing toenails is often part of a running. But it does not have to be you!

Here are three quick tips that you'll thank me for later:

1. Up-Size Your Running Shoes

You might be tempted to stick to your snug, perfectly-fit running shoes, but race week is not the time for that. Your feet will naturally swell due to the increased activity and adrenaline, so it’s a smart idea to opt for running shoes that are one size larger than your normal size. The extra room can help to reduce friction against your toenails, thus saving them from unnecessary damage.

2. Keep Those Toenails Trimmed

An often overlooked aspect is nail care. Long toenails can press against the inside of your shoe and may result in them turning black or falling off. So, make sure to trim your toenails a few days before your race. And hey, while you're at it, give those fingernails a clip too. It's all about aerodynamics, right? 😄

3. Say No to Cotton Socks

Cotton may be comfortable, but it also retains moisture, which can cause increased friction against your skin and nails. Instead, go for moisture-wicking socks made from synthetic materials like acrylic or polyester. These types of socks will keep your feet dry and lessen the chances of toenail damage.

So there you have it! Three simple tips to keep your toenails safe and secure for your upcoming race. Here's to running your best time yet, and crossing that finish line with all toenails intact!

Give it a try and let me know how you do!

Run fast, run smart, and most importantly, have fun out there!

Best wishes for your race week!

- Dayna


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