Thursday, September 8, 2011

Body Changes: My Ear Holes Are Bigger!

When I first started running, I expected all sorts of body changes.  In my head, I knew that I would go from this:

Token heavy Adam picture
(No comments – that is my MOM)


To someone that has the physical characteristics just a little bit better than a greek god.  Something like this:


The reality was somewhere inbetween:


However, over the past few weeks, I have to admit that I think that another body transformation is occurring. . . . I think my ear holes are getting bigger!  Let me explain.

I’ve been running with my Sony Walkman MP3 player ever since I received one to try out from Sony.  I LOVE it.  I’ve used it in 4 or 5 marathons, 100s of training miles (1000s now that I think about it), and even a few shorter sprint races.  I’ll hobble along with the soothing voices of podcasters from around the world telling me to run faster and not poop my pants (actually, those might be MY voices inside my head).  Either way, I have no complaints about the device.  That was, until 2 weeks ago.

The MP3 player fits much like a Bluetooth headset – the music part goes directly into the ear holes (that is the technical term in the manual) with no annoying cords.  For some reason though, the thing does NOT stay in either ear anymore!  I’ll be running long for less than 2 minutes and it’ll fall out.  Frustrating.  I’ll put it back in, accidentally hit the song skip button, and the frustration cycle spirals downwards into me scowling at old ladies holding me up at intersections and yelling obscenities at cars as they turn right on red.

Granted, I’ve put the thing through its paces.  My sweat is more corrosive than acid in a marshmallow factory which has led to all of the screws being rusted shut and some random hole forming in one side.

Note the music parts for the ear holes and the rust


Still though, I wouldn’t have expected the ear bud deals to wear out so suddenly – so I assume that it has to be my ear holes getting bigger? (Actually I fully realize that after 1500 miles or so, the MP3 player is just plain old wore out, but still, it makes you wonder!)  

Does this picture make my ears look big?
That is blond hair, not gray…I SWEAR!



16 comments:

...Barbie... said...

you know. you're not alone in this thought process. my once cozy yurbuds now come out of my ears.

Fruit Fly said...

OMG you have me freaking out paranoid right now!! I already feel I have big ears. Are they going to stretch out and get bigger? Do I need to run without music?? Too much to worry about.

I'd answer your ear hole question - but I'm frantically looking through the yellow pages for an Ear/Nose/Throat doctor ... or a therapist.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I had a problem with my Auria ear buds at the RnR Chicago Half. If ther is one thing that is annoying is trying to keep shit in my ears when I am trying to screw up a good race.

Old She dragon said...

heh yes they really will get bigger! Look at any older persons ears and they are hardly ever small and neat.
Your mum is smashing by the way!

Shawn said...

Don't look to big to me Dumbo....but hey, that's just my opinion!

Cheryl said...

I had to check out your blog, as it is listed as a favorite site on a bunch of other running blogs I read. Glad I did - I love it! And how much do I love that this great blog is written by a fellow Cyclone? A ton!!

p.s. Your mom is beautiful! (Take that, no comment!)

Jess said...

Let's ask your wife: Do you listen better? :)

51feetunder said...

My walkman is starting to do the same thing, although it's not as bad as yours. It's fine for walking, but as soon as I start to run one of the ear buds will work itself loose and make a tapping noise as it flops in and out of my ear canal. It's especially bad if the ear buds get wet (like during my last marathon where I had to take the damn thing off at 30km).
Annoying to say the least, but at least it was only a $50 player, and not a $300 iPod.

Ironically I was cleaning my desk the other day and found few extra sets of bud covers (the floppy end pieces) that came with it, they might help with the falling out issue....as for the acid sweat...you're on your own.

I'm Tracy and... said...

My, what big....ear holes...you have!

Katie said...

you know what they say. big ear holes, HUGE.................earbuds.

XLMIC said...

Your ear close-up is almost as awesome as my nostril shot... almost, but not quite ;-)

track coach and adorable wife said...

Maybe your ear holes had to get bigger to accomodate all the praise your big ego gets!

Morgan said...

When I got the H2O Audio headset they sent me a case full of all sorts of ear buds if you want me to send it to you to refit out your buds for the Sony. Let me know!

run4may said...

your ears look normal and you looked fine in your before picture. But, you look much happier in your "somewhere inbetween" picture.

Michelle Kephart said...

Hm.. I've never heard of that before! Maybe it might be the earbuds starting to wear out or your ears could be growing. According to the internet, our ears grow one-hundredth of an inch every year. But your ears look normal. :)

Nitmos said...

I applaud you for not working in a shirtless picture. But, aren't we being a little generous? You are "somewhere inbetween" the photo of Fat Adam and the Greek stud....Hmmm, maybe a little more closer to the couch Adam? Maybe? Whaddya think?