I was so excited to check my app and see that today’s run was short. Like -super short compared to the norm.
Naturally, I got carried away in the moment and spent too much time surfing online and shuffling about the house drinking coffee, wasting time. To the point where all of a sudden I was late! That ever happen to anyone? Find yourself with a little extra time and you’re feeling like you’ve found a whole block of 8hours. The time completely gets away from you and then you’re behind. Goofing off takes TIME! I love goofing off…
So that’s pretty much what happened this morning. I started scrambling to get my crap together, threw on my new running pants and out the door I went. Music app- check. Nike app- check. Gipis app- check. 16minute speed work session coming up. Maximum pace intervals on deck. Easy Peasy compared to the other speed work sessions I’ve been doing. This will feel like no time at all!
I walk for a few and then start the Gipis app. First 5 minutes is a warm up-I’m jogging, but I’m already adjusting my pants. They’re feeling a little long in the crotch so I keep hiking them up at the knee and quad to get the crotch back into proper place. Hate that feeling!! It’s the 2nd time I’ve worn these and Yup- I remembered it happened the last time too. Man I miss shorts!! I have this one pair that is just ridiculously comfortable… but now that the weather’s changing the mornings are chilly. Ah well – short run today. I can deal.
‘Max Pace intervals in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. MAX PACE!!!!!’ 40 second intervals at maximum pace. I start sprinting! First sprint is always like a break-in sprint. Got to fire up the legs. You know-you’re going fast but the legs haven’t processed it yet and feel really stiff. This one was no different except now my pants are really bugging me! They feel like they are sliding down in the backside. I’m afraid I’m going to lose them all together so I’m just grab on to them in the front at the wasteband! Once I can slow down in between intervals – I start adjusting like a mad woman. Hiking them up in the front at waist and giving them two GOOD HIKES up at the quad to keep the crotch in place. Better. That should do it!
Easy pace interval is over ‘Max pace intervals in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. MAX PACE!!!!!’ I start really sprinting now- I’m on a nice level straight away and legs are feeling good but OMG!! these pants!! They are not staying in place at all!!! Again, I just hang on to them until the interval is done. This time I’m fishing around on the back side- what the heck is going on? For the love of Pete my pants are halfway down my butt and moving FAST!! Now I start trying to hike them up from the back-causing a full exposure in process. My rump is just about fully hanging out and I just mooned Hill Street with all the fussing around. Thank GOD I wore a jacket! Mind you I’m still running during all of this- because the clock is ticking! God forbid I should pause it to stop and adjust. Nope. No stopping. Just keep running.
So there I was doing my sprints hanging on to my pants for dear life. But even holding them up- I wasn’t quite sure what was happening in the back. I mean I had a jacket on that covered my butt-yet it still felt like everything was on display. Was it flapping around as I ran? I don’t know. Maybe. I just have to get this run done.
It’s at this point I realize what exactly is going on here. Low and behold I realize that I had put my pants were on backwards. Duh!! Yup- I had extra material in the front and was low riding it in the rear!! Every time I started sprinting- the low riding waste would shimmy down just enough to hit a sweet spot where it would find some smooth sailing. Once they hit the sweet spot it was a point of no return.
I’m sure it was quite a site. Sprinting down the road holding my iPhone 6Plus in one hand (because it’s so HUGE I can’t bring myself to strap it on my arm. Like a flat screen on your bicep…) and gripping my britches with the other. Meanwhile, my running app is telling me to run faster the whole time.
I didn’t have high expectations for the stats on that run. Man was I surprised to see that I had actually beat the planned pace on the intervals! Maybe I should wear my pants backwards more often…
Got any silly running stories of your own? Please share them below so we can commiserate together!!