Apparently its my toenail.
I've started running more seriously. I've run on and off for years but all of a sudden, I'm craving the run. I'm even thinking of entering races, which is a little silly because I'm a pretty slow runner. But I like to have goals and I like to set them high.
In order to begin "training," I'm working on increasing my total weekly mileage. I've actually increased my total rather dramatically (although carefully) this week. Did I mention I'm craving the run?
Tuesday my toe nail looked a little funny - raised up a bit. Wednesday, I noticed an odd blister forming under the nail. I then asked a friend who is a serious runner if he had ever lost a toenail. "Yup. Lots. Its a hazard of the run." So I turned to the Internet, where one should get all their information, and read up on running and toenails. Turns out its common to lose a toenail because your toes are repeatedly jammed into the toe box of your shoes. Now, I can't feel this while running but it makes sense.
The article told me to drain the blister (gross!) and eventually the nail will fall off. In 3 or so months, I should have a lovely new toenail to run off.
So I'm gonna lose a toenail. Its a bit gross and will create a problem with my pedicure obsession but honestly, I'm just a tad pleased. As another friend recently told me, "Its a badge of honor." So I plan to wear it proudly and even let it show through my new cute brown peep toe heels.