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Could well be correct. Actual size written on the shoe isn't something to pay too much attention to, as there can be a big variation in sizing between brands. What you want is a shoe that when you're laced in reasonably tightly with your heel snug against the back of the shoe, still has quite a bit of 'wiggle room' for your toes.Best idea would be to get along to a specialist running shop with your shoes and ask the advice of one of their fitters. Go for a shop where the staff actually look like seasoned runners rather than just young sales assistants.
Could also be that you just need to experiment with lacing your shoes a bit tighter to stop your toes getting squished up at the front of them when you're running down hills...
If your toe-nail goes black, then that probably is due to your shoes being a bit small, or your toe-nails being too long. You should keep them as short as you can.
The second toe on my left foot is sometimes a bit sore after a long run - I don't think my shoes are too small though, there's plenty of room (and they are a size and a half bigger than my normal shoes).
I think it's just the pounding, and it happens less as I do more long runs.
I've had this - it wasn't my shoes but my socks were too small. I sit at a sock boundary, and had gone with the lower size, after a few washes they'd appeared to have shrunk a bit and were putting pressure on my toes.
There was no bruising to the nail, it was just a constant pressure on the ends of my toes.
You lost two toenails doing a half marathon? Are you SURE your trainers are big enough?
Congrats on your first half btw! Well done. I hope you get your toe problem resolved in time for your next race. Like Helen Liz says, you can also wear too-small socks.
Yike! Please don't think that huge blisters and toenail loss is an inevitable part of running long distances - it really isn't. It might take you a bit of time to figure out, but you'll get there if you keep trying out different things. If you figure out which bits usually blister you can also experiment with pre-taping, which a lot of ultra-runners do as a matter of course for each race. Compeed patches are pretty good for this, so is Second Skin and various different brands of sports tape.
I think a trip to the running shop to look at socks is on the cards for me. I also think it might be the way I am running, I think I have funny shape toes and they rub together!! I am going to sign up for Cardiff so there is plenty of time for me to try different things. Thanks for the ideas, going to try all these out. I wont give up the running as Sunday was one of my proudest days!!