Unexpected side-effects

I didn't expect that to happen!

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16/04/2013 at 16:54

So, what unexpected benefits or disadvantages have you experienced as a result of training or racing?

Of course we should avoid the obvious like an increase in 'aerobic capacity', or 'being able to run faster' and so on.

I'll start off with 'haemorrhoids'.

16/04/2013 at 16:56
Unpredictable guts.
16/04/2013 at 16:57

More relaxed attitude to personal hygiene.

16/04/2013 at 16:59

relaxed, I can take any old shite in work since I started to run but I used to be a bit stressed.

16/04/2013 at 17:05
Fabulous sex
16/04/2013 at 18:20

Being told I look ill/too thin....

16/04/2013 at 18:50

I have to agree with Dave on that one... except that I'm single so don't get any

Also the ability to stay on my feet all day without getting overly tired.  Particularly handy when supporting at a marathon or other long event

16/04/2013 at 19:06

+ve The most exciting bra I have bought for over six years.

-ve Getting dragged into the dispute between my lunchtime jogging partner and her boyfriend, all in the same office, over whether she should be running or not due to her saying her hip and knees are killing her.

16/04/2013 at 19:16

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

Gained masses of self confidence

Edited: 16/04/2013 at 19:16
16/04/2013 at 19:20


16/04/2013 at 19:51

GAP thinking I'm "small".

16/04/2013 at 20:01
MikeFrog wrote (see)


You didn't say if that counts as a positive or negative.

16/04/2013 at 20:04
literatin wrote (see)

More relaxed attitude to personal hygiene.

I wasn't sure if this was a+ or - either!

16/04/2013 at 20:05
Mad4morris wrote (see)
literatin wrote (see)

More relaxed attitude to personal hygiene.

I wasn't sure if this was a+ or - either!

depends on whether you're me or someone else.

16/04/2013 at 21:04
+ More relaxed and self confident, thinner. I think the sex is better, as well as feeling better about my body I have better aerobic capacity and have a stronger core. Not sure if Dave TES was joking, but I reckon it's true...

- Rotating aches and pains (feet/knees/hips) or more accurately how boring I have become on the topic and the fact that I can bore on for hours about the piriformis muscle and the ITB. Also all that sweat mixed with artificial fibres plays havoc with my skin.
16/04/2013 at 21:07

Okay, I've thought of a proper one: way better knowledge of the local area than I ever developed in the previous 10 years I lived here. Also seen lots of wildlife.

16/04/2013 at 21:21
Buying jeans/trousers has become problematic.

I am not shy about where I do a tinkle.
16/04/2013 at 21:31

thinking that an ironman was possible...

16/04/2013 at 22:03
Having to have 2 different sizes of clothes. I've just realised the jeans that fitted at Xmas are now far too big after 16 weeks of decent training.
16/04/2013 at 22:14
Literatin, I hadn't thought of that. But I do see the seasons change, and occasionally run into deer and wildlife I wouldn't normally. S'nice.
Obviously I've lost weight, but I'm 6'2" and did have 34" waist, now a 31". I know this is obvious but that wasn't th intention when I started.

And I can really bore people with talk of running.
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