You see, this morning I had 5 miles of recovery run on the agenda. Both ankles were feeling rather tender after a sweltering 14 mile run on Saturday so I was especially interested in seeing how they were going to react during this slow and steady run. To say that I was excited to get out for a run would certainly be an understatement. I went through my normal 5am routine – clothes, pee, contacts, glass of water, check twitter 5 min to see if I needed to poo, if not off I go!
The good news was that my left Achilles and my right ankle held out and I had no pain / discomfort during or after the run. Hooray! The BAD news was that my stomach started gurgling around mile 2.5 at the turnaround and I was in full on walk/run assplosion avoidance mode at mile 3. It is a “condition” – look it up. (Good news – disaster averted) As I was run/walking back home, I got to thinking about how I hadn’t wore the current shorts I was wearing in a long time. Months perhaps.
While I wasn’t avoiding wearing them on purpose, I thought back to one of the last times I did. During those previous runs, I had a very similar results. In fact, I can think of 5 GI issue runs, 3 of which I had these shorts on!!! Surely, these shorts were evil, possessed, or applied just the correct amount of pressure on my neither regions to cause bad things to happen. Either way, nooooo good. So, was it my shorts that were causing the issues? Probably not. But, I know that I am going to think twice the next time I wear them.
Everyone has a “lucky” shirt, does anyone else have an “unlucky” pair of clothing?
4.7 miles, 10:04 pace
Finally, because I’ve had it in my head for the entire time I’ve been typing this post, here is Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street singing Very Superstitious.