Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Amazing Real-Life Stories

I know that a lot of you come here to find out about my latest achievements - to be impressed, amazed and astounded by what I can only describe as God's unfair bestowing of gifts on one person. So to satisfy this need in you, the less fortunate, I'd like to share a little story from Sunday.

I don't run on Sundays. I'm too busy recovering from Saturday's run and I was especially busy recovering from a big week of over 50k, an endorphin rush to end all endorphin rushes AND a late night with a friend catching up on three weeks' gossip.

Even though I don't run on Sundays, I don't like to do nothing so lately I've been harnessing up the beasts (AKA Toby and Bubbles) and taking them for a walk. We've come a long way from our first ménage a trois-style walk. There are still bursts of complete lunacy by Toby but they're usually over within the first kilometre. Once they get into a rhythm it all seems to settle down (until we see a duck, a magpie or a cockatoo within chasing distance and then it's every man for himself and I just hold on for the ride).

Post walk-recovery

Unfortunately on Sunday I hadn't actually dealt with 'business' before we left home. This is a vital part of running preparation. There has been many a good run brought to a complete halt over the lack of preparatory emptying. But we were walking and I've managed without before so I thought we'd be good.

We weren't!

And while squatting on the side of the path is perfectly acceptable for my four-legged friends, it's generally frowned on for humans - except when we're doing the 500k relay where it's fine to cop a squat whenever nature calls.

Luckily help was close at hand in the form of the public toilets in a park that wasn't too far away. We walked with brisk determination towards them, clenched through the full cycle of traffic light changes then finally made it to our safe haven.

Toby was more than happy to join me in the cubicle but Bubbles was a lot more reluctant. Probably with good cause! She pulled backwards and no amount of coaxing would entice her in. But reluctance is easy to overcome when you're only 4 kilos. I just picked her up and locked the door.

It's not so easy being precariously perched on the porcelain when you've got two dogs that want to escape to freedom by crawling under the door, attached to your wrist. And it's even harder trying to pull up sweaty shorts one-handed. The draw-string was totally out of the question.

And what was so amazing about this, you ask. The amazing part is that I managed to complete a toilet visit with a difficulty rating of 8.8 in under 3 minutes. It can take my husband the entire duration of blow-drying my hair (a good 7 minutes) to complete a bog-standard visit.

I know, I know - I am one in a million.

While we're on the subject of exercise shorts I'd like to find out if anyone shares my irrational fear. 

The shorts that I've bought this year have all got in-built undies. In the past I've just cut these out and worn my own but it seems like such a waste that I've been wearing them as I bought them. The first time I wore them with my own undies under the built-ins but this seemed to be paranoid in the extreme so I've been going commando - if you can call wearing just one pair of undies instead of two commando. 

My problem though is that now I fear a complete and catastrophic wardrobe malfunction. That somehow my shorts will just fall off as I run along or I will be dacked by a random passer-by. And that I'll be left running bare-assed through the centre of Brisbane. 

I have no reason for this fear. My shorts have never once fallen down. No stranger has ever tried to dack me. And yet, whenever I get ready for my run the thought is there. I guess that's why it's called irrational.

So am I alone in this?


  1. I never buy shorts with the built in undies as I wear compression shorts underneath. Because I am sexy like that.

  2. I have only one pair of running shorts that I don't ever wear and they have the in built underwear thing happening too... I claim I don't wear them because I don't like to show that much leg but honestly, it's because I share your fear... Somehow, in my brain, in built undies seem much 'flimsier' and prone to mishap than normal ones... Odd

  3. Yeah, you know, shorts just fall down mysteriously for no reason all the time. I totally get your fear! :)

    I wear the Nike Tempo shorts 100% of all my runs and always commando. Now I'm going to be out running in total fear. Thanks!!

  4. i'm one of the paranoid ones...i have a bunch of shorts with the built in underwear but for some reason i feel weird not wearing underwearing so i'm double bagging i guess! i wear them doing bootcamp so sometimes i've got my legs in the air doing weird things so i figure it's extra insurance against wardrobe malfunctions...haha!

  5. Can't relate to the undies question I'm afraid.. and as for the dogs in the loo. You're very brave! I would have tied them up outside!


  6. Really laughing at your experience with the dogs in the cubical! That must have been something to see...
    My wife always cut out the built in undies and wear her own. I do what Jamoosh does but for different reasons...:)

  7. I can assure you that in 15 yrs. of running commando, I've never had a mishap. PLUS--you could get that bathroom time down under 3 minutes w/ one less piece of clothing. I think you need to go for it!

  8. Most of my shorts have the built-in underwear (Nike running shorts). I never cut them out but I always wear my own. Actually, I never really thought about not - hmmm.
    I love coming over here - never know what I'm going to read!!!

  9. Oh no, I would feel completely naked down there. But I am getting prudish as I get older ... loved the story about the dogs!

  10. I have never been running (or walking sleeping or anything except bathing) commando, and I never will. It's just not for me.

  11. You are too funny, Char! Can't even imagine trying to go to the bathroom with 2 dogs! Ha ha!

    As for the shorts, I've always just worn them "as is" and NEVER had a problem. In fact, when I accidentally bought shorts without built-in panties, and had to wear my own, it was the most uncomfortable run EVER.


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