Monday, May 9, 2011

Superstitious

I’m not a very superstitious guy. As a non hippie computer scientist (at least that is what my diploma says) I put much more faith into statistics than believing in superstitions. This morning however, you could have sold me a hooka and some beads to hang from my doorway because I was feeling rather superstitious.

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
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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.



25 comments:

Runners Fuel said...

I do ave the "lucky" shirt, but so far, no "unlucky" items.

Kate said...

I'll never again wear the pair of shorts I wore for my half marathon in any race due to reasons very similar to above. I refuse to blame my multiple marathon bathroom visits on the shorts I wore that day, though, because I love them. I have a bike jersey that I'll no longer wear on long rides because of the horrible leg cramps I got wearing it. It was all good until my husband suggested it was the jersey, now I can't wear it without worrying.

Coincidentally, all of the "guilty" clothes are also not that cute. I think there's a lesson there somewhere.

Christi said...

I have not noticed "unlucky" clothing yet. But you never know when it might happen!

C2Iowa said...

I dont have any lucky or unlucky clothes yet -- give it time and I will.

Burn those evil shorts!!!!!!!!

Jamoosh said...

I do not have a lucky shirt, but I certainly could use one!

Kovas said...

Send them back to Shaq.

tahoegirl said...

Flush those shorts down the toilet. :O)

XLMIC said...

I think it's high time you scoped out your area for running routes that are near some potties... ones that will be serviceable when you go out for your runs. Think: local parks/playgrounds, Starbucks, etc. You could run from toilet to toilet :) That's what I do.

Those shorts need to find another home. Burning them might allow the evil spirit to be released into the general population, rendering other articles of clothing "evil". Take them to the Goodwill... perhaps a second-chance with a new life might rehabilitate them. Maybe they just don't like running?

Jill @ Run for the Hills said...

A hooka?
I think you mean a horseshoe.

JessiePants said...

Love the tune!
I wish I could blame my GI issues on one item of clothing, buuuutttt unfortunately I don't think it could be pin pointed like that.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

My friend Christine has to drop a load every time she sets foot in a Target.

For me it's Ross Dress For Less.

For you it's those shorts.

I would just burn them. If you donate them, you'll just pass on the curse to some poor homeless dude who doesn't have twitter or toilet paper.

Holley @ Lunges and Lashes said...

congrats on your 900 post! that picture of you reading in the bathroom is halarious! you are a gutsy man!

Evolving Through Running said...

If I had to get rid of clothes associated with running issues, especially injuries, I'd be running naked in no time. Which wouldn't be an issue until the next injury came along, then things could get painful.

What's going on with your ankle? Dealing with some first-time ankle issues myself. No fun.

Adrienne said...

Maybe instead of getting rid of the shorts, we keep them and send them around the group - like if someone has a bad race ..

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i can't say i have any shorts that make me want to poop, but i do have some socks that i sure love to wear on all race days now

Erik said...

I don't have any lucky shirts, and I don't have any unlucky pieces of clothing either.

Jess said...

I don't necessarily have "lucky" items, but I have a specific routine and some specific outfits that I prefer to wear for things like races.

The Sean said...

just favorites and otherwise.

Morgan said...

"Pop Not Soda" YES!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Glad you didn't poop yourself.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Ok, quite honestly and graphically, I am very picky about the rise on my shorts so they don't press on my bladder. If they do I have phantom urges to pee the whole run and I am driven to distraction. Maybe it's the shorts AND it's scientific.

track coach and adorable wife said...

Jesse had the same problem on a run the other day. He claims that it was the most uncomfortable 15 min of his life. Maybe you should let a friend "borrow" them and see if they have the same effect on anyone else!

Char said...

I have no unlucky clothes but I was happy to finally throw out my yellow Adidas runners. (They'd been involved in a craptaculous incident on their second wear)

Al's CL Reviews said...

Like Rose and Target, I have the unlucky place of Kroger. Luckily at 7AM their bathrooms haven't been defiled.

Blaine said...

I have an "unlucky" pair of shoes. Every race that i've run in them has been a disaster. Unfortunately they are also one of my favorite pair of shoes.

Joanna said...

I bit it so hard on a sidewalk last summer that I still have a scar on my left palm. And I did it while wearing a running shirt that said "Kick Assphalt." It was retired for the remainder of that training cycle, then became the subject of a blog giveaway.