Unexpected side-effects

I didn't expect that to happen!

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16/04/2013 at 22:16
I'm thicker and longer.
16/04/2013 at 22:16
Oh lawks.
17/04/2013 at 05:52
I got a university challenge question about plantar fascia right last week.
17/04/2013 at 07:16

Younger people than me (can be 20 years younger) saying "I couldn't do that" when i talk about Marathons or how long/far I ran the day before

17/04/2013 at 08:03
Elli of the North wrote (see)

Nasty habit of snot rocketing even when not running (not realising I'm doing it until I've done it and people go ewwww)

Loss of any social life


Elli, I suspect those two may be related

I have devloped an innate knowledge of my local area, so when asked where somewhere is I can normally respond with a "Oh yes, thats 5.4 miles away"

 

17/04/2013 at 08:42
M..o.use wrote (see)
Buying jeans/trousers has become problematic.

I am not shy about where I do a tinkle.

THIS...

i cant find any jeans that fit me, (fashionable ones at least) i'd have to buy ugly ass tesco baggy jeans. I cant imagine what Chris Hoy has to go through,

17/04/2013 at 09:39

Since I've started running I definately look younger.

I've lost weight as well so I'm wearing 30 waist jeans.

Other stuff as well, good skin, good sex, a lot more enthusiasm in life in general.

Can't think of any negatives really?- sometimes long runs give me the farts but is that really a negative? It's at least amusing.

17/04/2013 at 09:42

Abs. Actual abdominal muscles that you can see.

And apart from being physically tired at various times throughout the training, more energy and enthusiasm to try new things, e.g. writing, which i've taken up again recently.

17/04/2013 at 09:51
Marc.S wrote (see)
M..o.use wrote (see)
Buying jeans/trousers has become problematic.

I am not shy about where I do a tinkle.

THIS...

i cant find any jeans that fit me, (fashionable ones at least) i'd have to buy ugly ass tesco baggy jeans. I cant imagine what Chris Hoy has to go through,

Me too, though I think my giant-sized quads are more from cycling than running. Once I was excited because I thought I'd managed to find a pair of skinny jeans in topshop that I could actually pull up over my legs. But then I realised they were two sizes too big and on the wrong hanger (looked like clown trousers). In the end I was able to find nice jeans that fitted in Uniqlo. Probably not that much use to you, though, as I'm a girl.

Oh, or buy jeans a size too big and have the waist/arse taken in.

Edited: 17/04/2013 at 09:52
17/04/2013 at 11:33

I noticed something that I am now conscious of, and I stop myself when it's happening. You get in a conversation and inevitably talk gets to running, but then you get the glazed eyes and static expressions that say " Oh no he's off again"

17/04/2013 at 11:33

Not necessarily all unexpected - some perhaps even hoped for, but;

+ve its helped me (on top of diet) to get down to my lowest weight since I was about 13/14, 20 years ago.

+ve I can fit in waist 30 jeans (just - waist is fine but quads are tight, I used to have 36/38 waist this time last year).

+ve My, um, you know, looks bigger when its happy. So to speak. Which is nice.

+ve it's massively helped my ankylysing spondilitis, despite the added impact which is why they tell you to avoid too much running, I'm virtually painfree as long as I've been out 2 or 3 times a week. Basically any exercise is better than the no exercise I was doing before.

+ve I can keep up with my little toddler, get down on the floor to play with him and get up as quickly as he does (usually!).

+ve I don't care about being out in the rain at all now after running through sleet and some truly awful weather in Jan/Feb.

+ve I have yet another thing I can pretend to be an expert about and show off/lecture people with. This is a -ve for everyone within earshot, but I enjoy myself.

-ve I have a lot of quite unpleasant spare skin around my midriff. Which gives me a rather unfair muffin-top effect with my new 30 waist jeans. That's the price of all the sloth and the shite I ate and drank throughout the first 30 years of my life I suppose. Surgery could take care of it but that feels like cheating and I don't want to take unnecessary risks of major surgery and be unable to run for several weeks while it heals.

-ve It took a lot of time out of my day to do the long runs before my half marathon. I enjoyed it for itself, but with work and needing to give my family time it did cut down my opportunities for other fun stuff. I can't imagine at this point having the time to do enough miles to properly train for a full marathon.

 

 

17/04/2013 at 16:02
EKGO wrote (see)

I noticed something that I am now conscious of, and I stop myself when it's happening. You get in a conversation and inevitably talk gets to running, but then you get the glazed eyes and static expressions that say " Oh no he's off again"


It's not inevitable!  I have many, many conversations which don't involve running.    You just have to be disciplined!

As others have said, I've learned a lot about my local area, the roads and the nature reserve, and seen wildlife I wouldn't have otherwise: adders, weasels, badgers (not just dead ones at the side of the road).

Also been to new places for races - Amsterdam, Nice, Le Touquet, many other places in France 


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