I had a coach once tell me that if I didn’t lose a toenail while running, I didn’t run enough.  Well, it happens to all of us.  You run a lot of miles over time and then, just like that, one of your toenails starts darkening, then turns jet black, and then falls off.

Guess what?

Another one has already grown underneath it and you will be fine.  And ladies (and I guess some gents), you simply paint over the nail and no one will know the difference.

If it happens too often, make sure that you are sized correctly for your sneakers, as that means you do not have enough space between your toes and the edge of your running shoe.  But if it is random, don’t worry about it.

It is much better to worry about getting the correct sneakers at a running store rather than what to do about the nail itself.

The pic attached is of my foot right now…you see 1 nail in stage 1 and 1 nail at the end of it’s days….

Happy Running!

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Bonus fact – if your 2nd toe is longer than your Big toe, it is called Morton’s foot – very normal, nothing to worry about….


Nickolas Joannidis
Nickolas Joannidis
I have been running for over 35 years, having done practically every possible racing event or distance from the 100 meters through the marathon. I competed in varsity high school cross country and track at Saddle Brook High School in the mid-1980's, varsity cross country and track at Division II Pace University and finished well over 200 road races since then, including 20 marathons with a lifetime best of 3:14:50. I was the president of the Hoffmann LaRoche corporate running team for 7 years, growing the team from 25 to over 90 during his tenure. I coached many of these runners to achieve their goals, whether they were beginners or advanced. In 2011 I was an assistant coach for the Fair Lawn Recreation track team, helping the 10 to 14 year old group. I am currently personally coaching dozens of runners, from beginner levels to advanced levels and getting them to be prepared to meet their goals.

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