Friday, July 13, 2012

Toe-tally Fooling People

I know - crazy!  Two posts in two days!  But today's post is related to yesterday's post about summer loves.  WARNING - this post is only for runners or people who have a fetish for ugly feet.  You know what I am talking about - nail-less toes and summer kicks absolutely do not mix!  AND I LOVE MY FLIP FLOPS!!! However,  I have found the perfect disguise for my toes that are deficient in the area of beauty! As a result of my training and running "The Great 50 Mile Run" I lost 5 toenails!  Not sure why- my shoes are plenty big!  I think it was just all the ups and downs of hill training.  I didn't mind it so much when the weather was still cool and I could hide my feet in socks.  But I am like any other summer freak - I like my toes free.  They spend long winters shoved into wool socks and heavy boots. They long to feel the summer sun upon their tips.  A bit poetic, huh?  Once I put on sandals I knew I was opening myself up to shame and ridicule.  My students got a good laugh at the ugliness and enjoyed poking fun at me.  They even made up a few jokes about them!  I tried the strategy of standing with one foot covering the other but that lead to all kinds of questions about balance training.  I needed something new and I am happy to say I came up with it and now am excited to share it with you!
Can you tell which toes are missing nails? Here is the trick - start with dark polish.  I even paint it on my skin to create the illusion of nails. I know many of you already do that.  I did that for a long time too, but I could still tell there was no nail there.  The best trick is to add really glittery nail polish as a top coat.  Mine belongs to my daughter and I think she got it for $1 and Claire's! They sparkle like diamonds!  My toes are so pretty now and I no longer feel the shame of ugly feet! OK- so I probably won't get a contract to be a foot model any time soon, but at least I can walk with the best of them!!
**Four toes on my right foot and one on my left are on their way to a full recovery!


  1. Good idea! I know just the 8 year old to hit up for some glittery polish.

  2. Wow! They look great - and I can't tell which ones are missing :-)

  3. How funny...I have never lost a toenail from running...knock on wood! Is it painful? Your feet look great! I can't tell which ones are missing either...