I got a couple of good laughs from this NY Times article. It discusses how some ultramarathon runners choose to have acid poured onto their nail beds to permanently remove their toenails.
There were a couple of great quotes by Christopher McDougall, the author of a recent book about ultrarunning called Born to Run. He said “You know any sport has gone off the rails when you have to remove body parts to do it.” Then he added that ultramarathoners don’t talk much about the practice because they are “tired of being freaks, and they don’t want to add anything more freakish to their résumé.”
Freakish or not, you have to be impressed by the level of committment these runners possess. It’s something to think about the next time you’re tempted to blow off your workout because of some minor inconvenience.