Reflecting on the conversation of last night, I'm probably an archetypal example of a runner who takes the running bit seriously, but neglects all the other stuff. I do virtually no stretching, core or strength work, don't cross-train, pay no attention to my diet whatsoever, don't get remotely enough sleep, and never, ever eat tuna bagels.
SG - Nope. It's the joy of having kids I'm afraid, they bring illnesses home. Everyone in the family got it - I held out longest, but succumbed eventually.
I don't like taking total rest days anymore. It seems like every time a niggle appears, it appears on a rest day. Looking back, my best races (10K and below) have generally come after a sustained period of running every day. However, I will happily take days where I only run 4-5 miles very easy, which seem to more than suffice as rest days.
Yes. There are underwear inspectors in all major towns and cities, and they patrol day and night. If they have reason to believe that you are eschewing the mandatory undergarments (they are trained to spot unnecessary dynamism in the genital area), they have legal powers to stop and search you, and either issue an on-the-spot fine or burn you in a wicker man.