Is there really TMI (too much information) when it comes to running? And you know that moms are totally willing to talk about topics that really are too much. (Not a mom or a runner? Trust me, hang out with either/both for any amount of time and you’ll hear things that you can’t unhear. Yep.)
That’s right, folks, today on Tuesdays on the Run, we are going where non runners fear to tread with TMI Tuesday. Join Patty, Marcia, and I as we lay it all out there for the world to see.
Have you ever played the game “Two truths and a lie?” You make three statements – two are true and one is a lie. The other players have to guess which is the lie.
Shall we play?
- I once got completely naked in the open in a field at Ragnar (it was dark, but umm, headlights…).
- I once peed behind a bush during a race, only to discover that the race course curved and my rear could be seen from the other part of the course.
- I once had “mom issues” during a race and was quite thankful that I had on a skirt with compression shorts and a busy pattern. (And if you don’t know what “mom issues” are read Patty’s post.)
So, which one’s the lie?
As runners, our bodies like to keep us on our toes (I nearly wrote that they like to betray us LOL). I have a runner friend who finished a marathon minus one glove because there was no toilet paper in the porta potty. I may have aborted a run at mile 2 and “duck walked” home once (or a few times). I may have added 10 minutes to a couple of half marathons with visits to bathrooms (I can’t wait for the Gotta Go skirt – sometimes just getting my damp skirt back up is a workout in and of itself.)
The thing is… shit happens. As does pee. And snot. Not to mention disgusting toenails, horrible blisters, and awful chafing. (Chafing from the seam on one’s panties? Yeah, that makes for a really pleasant shower…) I’m just happy that thus far my running bras have prevented that awful thing guys have to deal with: bloody nipples.
So, the next time you have a race experience that falls firmly in the TMI category, remember – you aren’t alone. And now you have something to talk to other runners about.