Happy Monday! I am off to Bikram yoga. I’ve been avoiding yoga lately because my PT tells me it is not good for my hamstring. All of those forward folds really pull on the ham hock, which is apparently not conducive to healing a tear. I have dearly missed yoga, however, so I will just alter my practice to avoid pulling or stretching the hamstring too much. Hot, sweaty crack yoga – here I come!
On a different note - sometimes I am astounded at the stuff that goes on that we don’t realize is going on. If you think too much about it, it will make you kind of edgy, even a bit sick.
An example would be when I read in the local appear that a teenage couple was caught copulating at midnight at a local park on the same slide where my children play. Ick, just ick. Those are the really gross sneaky things that make your skin crawl. You begin to get a complex that whatever you touch in public has been somehow made gross by someone. Don’t even get me started on hotel room comforters and remote controls.
Then there are the funny sneaky things that are totally harmless and give you a chuckle. Let’s focus on those because the other stuff sucks.
This week I got an email from a reader who needed to pee really badly during her half marathon, but didn’t want to waste time by stopping. Her solution? At the end of the race she sat in the grass to stretch and let it flow. Yep, just right into the grass (and, I suppose her shorts). This would be an example of a time when you definitely want a change of clothes in your car.
I have done this many times while in the ocean, but never on the grass. In the water I love to have conversations with people while I am peeing because they never know that it’s even going on. I feel as if I have some great little secret. “Ha! Yes I would love to go to dinner at the steak house tonight! And did you know I am peeing right now? It is likely flowing onto your leg just about…….NOW!” Mind you, I do not pee in pools, although I did this until I was at least fifteen. I’m just lazy that way.
Anyone want to go to the beach with me?
If you have to pee during a race, do you ever just go while running or biking? I have a friend who is a competitive runner and she does this all the time. She just rinses off her leg with water at the aid station and tries to remember to not use Gatorade by mistake. I tried once, but no flow. Haven’t been able to do it on the bike either.
On a different note, I want to welcome my newest blog advertiser – Rethreads T-Shirt Quilts (see right sidebar). I love this concept, and you may have seen it before. You can repurpose your old race shirts by having them made into a memory quilt like this:
What a creative alternative to leaving all those shirts stuffed in your bottom drawer or using them as dusting cloths or toilet paper. What a fantastic gift for that runner/triathlete/cyclist in your life!
What do you do with old race shirts? I usually give them to my kids if I don't wear them.