I have a confession that some of you may not know. And it's a bit of a dirty one. Ok.... here it is:
I hate to shower.
Gahhhhhhhh, I know. I'm a runner, what's wrong with me?!?!? Now before you go labeling me the "smelly kid in class," rest assured that while I hate showering, it doesn't mean that I don't shower. For me, it really boils down to the fact that I hate spending time getting ready. I can shower at night and my hair will still be wet in the morning, hence why I don a braid to work 5/5 days per week.
And really.... I don't mind being dirty/sweaty/somewhat smelly as long as there's no one around to witness it. Kind of the "if a tree falls in the woods and no one's around, does it make a sound?" effect. In my opinion, obviously....nope! Heaven help me if I should ever become a recluse ala J.D. Salinger.... :/
My showering schedule revolves around two things: my running and being around the public. But because of my hatred for showering, I will do my damndest to not shower twice in a day. Seriously. I consider it a personal failure. Poor planning. Waste of my time. And most of the time I do pretty good with my no two-a-day shower plan.
Well this summer I've been failing miserably. See.... I've been running on the weekends, obviously, and then heading out to the waterpark in the afternoon to drink back my long run calories. Naturally being all sweaty for the second time that day requires a second shower. But in these instances, the good far outweighs the bad. So I deal.
Today was no different. After being holed up with the flu the past 2 1/2 days, I was itching for a run before work. I went out on an easy 4 mile run. Not altogether shocked that my legs felt like crap and I felt like I was breathing through a straw thanks to the 98% humidity. Yes, 98% humidity. Kill me now.
I did 4 miles in 39:22 for a pace of 9:51.
I showered up and went off to work. While sitting at my desk counting down until I was done working, I realized, "Crap! I'm going to have to shower AGAIN tonight!" There's no way I'm waking up early for work, so clearly a nighttime shower was in order. Had to pacify reason #2 for showering: the public. Can't be the smelly kid at work.
But then I thought to myself.... well.... since you have to shower anyways..... why not head out for run #2 too?
That's a delightful idea.
Yeah, I wanted to get in some of the mileage I missed when I was on my deathbed, but really, I wanted to justify my second shower of the day. And I did.
3 miles 27:17 for a pace of 9:05. 4x100m strides (6:37, 6:14, not sure, garmin messed up and says :37.... I doubt it....hah..., 5:41)
Thank God the humidity was out in full force to really make that second shower worthwhile.
Now someone please tell me a secret equal to or more gross than mine. :)