Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Toe Ring Story

In 1999 my husband and I took our first trip to Vegas. While we were there I got toe rings. It was a set of 3 (one eventually broke) and they were very plain. The had no design, they were not adjustable, just plain silver rings. I loved them! With my toes painted, I thought it looked adorable. I wore these toe rings FOREVER. When I say "forever" - I am not kidding. Everyday for 11 years, I wore these toe rings. Since they weren't adjustable, they did not come off easily, so I just left them on all the time. Even if it wasn't comfortable, or my shoes made it awful...the toe rings stayed on. Until now...

Fast forward to a few weeks ago.

I am training for two races. A half marathon on April 11th (oh my goodness) and a full marathon on June 26th (that's right, I AM crazy) and while I was doing an 8 mile training run, my right ankle started to hurt. It started hurting on mile 7, and it didn't hurt bad enough to stop, so I finished up the 8 miles. As the week progressed, my ankle didn't seem to be getting any better, so I went to the doctor. She confirmed that there was no specific injury and suggested Physical Therapy as an addition to my training regimen.

The morning before my first PT appointment, I noticed that the 2nd toe on my right foot was numb and kind of achy. I thought this was strange, even stranger when that pain began to spread throughout my entire foot. As I was driving to work, I began to wonder if the impact from running had caused me to injure my toe, which in turn caused me to injure my foot, which in turn....well you get the picture. Anyway, that night I had my husband remove my toe rings. Sure enough, not only was my toe injured, it was completely deformed! At some point, my toe had broken and had started to heal around my adorable toe rings! Seriously???

Needless to say, I am done with toe rings now. The damage done is enough to make training for my races near impossible. I am determined though - I will complete these two races. I guess I just need to adjust what my expectations are. At this point, if I crawl across the finish line - I will consider it a victory!


  1. Oh man, that's crazy! So sorry, hopefully there is something you can do/get done and they will start feeling better. Poor little piggies.

  2. Haha, sorry to leave another comment, but my confirmation word was bummer. lol hehe

  3. This story is so hilarious!!! I mean who would have suffered for SO LONG just for those dang cute toes (and DANG they are cute!)??? You are a trooper and always willing to fight to the finish. Don't give up my friend!!

  4. I hope you are feeling better... I loved my toe ring... don't remember why I took it off now though? :)

    Have a beautiful day,


  5. I had a great toe ring that I had gotten when Adam and I were in Hawaii when we were first dating. I wore it for 8 years and finally had to take it off when I was pregnant and my feet were so swollen. I miss my toe ring- though the thought of going what you were going through does not sound like fun!