Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ooh La La

It's time for another Take it and Run Thursday. The theme is "If I Knew Then What I Know Now" and it totally makes me want to fire up my Rushmore soundtrack and listen to the song "Ooh La La" by The Faces.

I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was younger.
I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was stronger.

I'm happy to say that I haven't done anything too horribly foolish in my running. I mean, yeah, I would have finished the Des Moines marathon faster if I'd done more hill training. I was under the mistaken impression that there were maybe two hills in the first 7 miles of the course, while in fact there were probably only two little stretches that were flat. But my goal was to make it across the finish line, and I did that.

But the one mistake that I made when running was way back in 1989, and it still resonates with me so many years later.

The mistake?

I forgot to bring a sports bra with me to cross country practice, so I just wore my regular bra. I thought it'd be fine, and that it would keep the girls more or less in check. That it did - they really weren't going anywhere.

But, Internet? Oh, the chafing. The spot on my chest right between the girls was pretty well completely worn off, and I cannot tell you how much that hurt. It hurt anytime any article of clothing touched it, and any time I sweated, it would sting like crazy.

Suffice it to say, that is a mistake I will never, ever make again. I would rather run barefoot than without a sports bra.

(this post was totally sexy)


Jess said...

Ouch!!! I can feel the pain over here!

newsjunkie said...

Wow. That's hott! Or maybe even hawt!

But seriously? Ouch!!!!

Meg said...

Thanks for reading my post!
You reminded me of one more thing that I learned: make sure you're wearing a newer sports bra for a long run! Those things can hurt! :)

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Totally sexy! :D

My girls have to have their sports two ways about it.

Amy@RunnersLounge said...

Eeck! Feel the pain! It's not that I have much to worry about - but chafing is just bad.

P.O.M. said...

Eeks. That reminds me of high school PE when we worked out in our bras then wore them for the rest of the day. Then again, there was much "working out" going on in PE usually.

Megan Hall said...

Ouch! But, I've gotta have the real deal. I'd skip practice instead of go without a sports bra - mine would probably kill someone if I ran in a regular bra!

bill carter said...

Hi Betsy

I have to say as a guy that running is so unfair.. but wait a second I've been chafed more times than I would like to admit in a uniquely guy place... Ouch for the guys and the girls!