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Bloodbath of a Run

So last Friday night I took off for a ten miler and got in 8 miles before it was pretty dark. I don’t like running in the dark so I cut it short. The run was a great idea, the weather was perfect and the sun was just setting and then one mile in, I felt it. I know my toes bleed when I run. I start to feel it get gushy. Squish, squish, and I knew my toes were going to bleed. Oddly enough it doesn’t hurt at all, just kind of feels weird. I continued on and got in a great run but then I looked down at mile 6 and saw that the blood had started to leak through my shoe. THROUGH MY SHOE. There was nothing I could do but run the two more miles home, and it still wasn’t hurting, but when I got home I was pretty grossed out and then I realized my pink Nikes’ were also horrible looking now. You see, usually, the toe just bleeds a little bit. I have so many socks with little pink spots on them. That’s totally okay. So these pictures might be a little too intense for some of you. If so, click away NOW! That being said, you’ve probably already seen them since the posts pops up. MEH!

Normally this is how much my toe bleeds. It isn’t the best but it’s not the worst, but it’s manageable. Friday after my eight miler this was what I saw as I stared down at my shoes while crossing the street.

MY SHOES!!!!!!! MY TOES!!!!!!!!!!! AH!!!!!!!! Okay, so let’s discuss a few things before you all ask me questions about my shoes. I LOVE the Vomeros and have run in these shoes for about 8 months. I had problems with bloody toes in the Pegasus, which was what I was wearing before I switched to the Vomeros, and never had any problems like this before in the Vomeros, but now,  THIS much blood seems unhealthy! Especially with the fact that my shoes have about 50 miles left on them and they look horrific. So I inspected my toe like normal. There is a VERY, VERY tiny little pin prick of a cut on my toe. To release this amount of blood to me is odd though. That is a LOT of blood. Still my toes do not hurt, and I’ve tried baby powder, gold bond, Vaseline, body glide, taping, wright socks and injini socks. My shoes are already a size and a half bigger than what I should be wearing and I don’t have black toenails or any blisters. Explain that to me!

There is one word for this, and that word is one of my favorite words.


I know this is pretty much the most bizarre thing ever, but thankfully it doesn’t hurt, it just looks horrible and feels weird. So I will continue on bloody toes and all, but if anyone has any other recommendations of something I can do that I haven’t already tried, I am totally up for suggestions. Last night I got in a decent 7 miler before it got dark and my toe only bleed like the first picture. So it’s touch and go as of right now. Better get it’s game face on for Sunday though!

Also, I posted another new article about getting ready for race day on my Examiner site! Be sure to creep over there and check it out and I even included a slide show of pictures of how I get ready the night before a race. Enjoy! Please let me know if you have any suggestions for articles for the Examiner or any questions or comments regarding my articles I’m posting on that site.


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  • Reply Glenn Jones

    Stigmata. Gotta be the explanation…

    Seriously – I would venture a guess that what is happening is you have a toenail that is cutting an adjacent toe. Add a little (if you’re me a lot) of perspiration in the shoe/sock, and it makes it look like there’s a lot more blood than ther actually is. Are your socks wet )from sweat) when you take your shoes off? If I go on anything longer than 9 ot 10 mile, my shoes and socks are so wet I can wring them out. Just a tought….

    I get wary aboutchanging shoes – especially if these are working for you. Soooo much can go wrong in shoesthat aren’t quite right…

    February 4, 2010 at 8:47 am
  • Reply meredith

    holy crap! are you sure you didn’t lose a toe in there?!?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Monica C.

    Paging Dr. Laminator!

    February 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Jen

    have you tried the silicone toe sleeves?
    That is very strange…

    February 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Jo Moseley

    Do you take Aspirin or Vitamin E? They can cause bleeding. I’d just watch the toe for infection and if you go to a gym, it’s probably wise to NOT shower there. It only takes a tiny opening in the skin to pick up some serious bacterias, but generally it when the area is exposed to other folks germs.
    Take care!

    February 6, 2010 at 7:29 am
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  • Reply jenny

    wow, this makes me feel a bit better. i have toe drainage ditches in my feet too. random bleeding on runs, and i haven’t lost any toenails or gotten any black toenails either. i can deal with the bleeding, as long as i don’t lose any nails. i’m thinking about trying synthetic socks to see if that works. good luck and happy running!

    July 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Ruthanna

    This happens to me occasionally too – tonight as a matter of fact. I bleed through my socks and shoe. It hurts a little,b ut I too associate it with toe nail cutting into another toe or something like that.

    August 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply cayla

    This is the EXACT same thing that happens to me… blood through my socks and shoes!! with no pain! and no sign of any damage on my feet! would like answers as well! It is just bizarre!

    September 19, 2015 at 1:27 am
  • Reply Alicia

    I’ve had the same issue since I started running 8-10 miles per day. I started wrapping my toes with gauze loosely secured with medical tape. The tape prevents the blood from getting through to my shoes. Today, I bought a new pair of shoes made by sketchers, shades of blue in color and the soles and bottom of the shoes are both made of yoga mat material. It’s like upgrading from a Pinto to a Cadillac!!! I ran a little over 7 miles tonight and it’s the first night in a while I’ve had no blood at all. Totally worth the $75. I will never go back to my old Nikes!! Never!

    April 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    I have this same exact problem! Mine I think is due to an adjacent toenail cutting my toes…it happened again to me today and this one is pretty deep. I am very diligent about cutting and filing to make there there are no sharp edges but it still happens!! I am going to try taping for my next long run.

    April 10, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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