Smell the roses

dentistWhen it comes to going to the dentist I’m a big baby.

My dentist makes my heart beat faster, but not in a good way like a run does.

Because I’m such a scaredy cat, I go to the dentist twice a year. Because if I don’t, getting myself out the door and into his, becomes even harder. Going to the dentist is a lot like running that way. It’s best to get in a rythm, and not think too much about it.

The dentist knows I’m a skittish patient. So if I call them around 8 in the morning and ask if they can see me the same day, they try and squeeze  me in. That’s what happened last Monday morning. I had just gotten home from my run, when I suddenly decided: ‘I need to go to the dentist. Like right now.’

So I called them on the telephone, and asked if they could fit me in. Indeed they could! They could see me in 15 minutes! There I was: all smelly and sweaty from running. But I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity.

So I ran to my car, and drove to the dentist. But on the way there I started to worry about smelling bad. I didn’t want to get the dentist to get a whiff of me. So when I got there, I ducked into the bathroom looking for something to make me smell better. Anything.

As luck would have it, I spotted a can of toilet spray. So I sprayed some in my crotch area and my arm pits.

My teeth turned out to be fine.

And when I left the dentist my life, and crotch smelt like roses.

I run on…

running fuel… Willpower

… Habit

… Nerves

… Determination

… Discipline

… Promises of a hot shower and a cup coffee

… The chocolate I ate too much of the night before

… Country music

What do you run on? What gets your motor running?

Post workout shower

post workout showerThe blissful feeling of a post workout shower is often cited as a reason to go for a run.

There really is nothing like the feeling of warm water cascading over your sweaty body! Afterwards you feel all fresh and healthy and ready to go.

Running and post workout shower

When I come home from doing the school run running, it’s usually about a quarter to nine.  I do nót jump straight into the shower. Instead I like to put in an hour of working on my blogs. That way the shower will feel even more blissfull. When it’s a quarter to ten, I start the coffee machine, and thén I have my post workout shower. So when I get out, all freshened up, I can have my coffee and drink  it too.

And since I’m a Work At Home Mom no one is bothered about any unpleasant smells I might be emitting.

Itch during post workout shower

But this morning, everything was different. I was expecting a guy to fix our dishwasher. So I had to hop into the shower immediately after my run, or risk being naked when he arrived. It was cold outside, so I set the shower temperature nice and hot. But soon my legs started to itch like crazy! It was like millions of killer ants were crawling across my poor legs. That’s when I remembered: ‘Oh yeah… you shouldn’t take a hót post workout shower when you just came in from the cold’.

Pins and needles during post workout shower: the cause

The reason I got so itchy was because my body was cold. And when your body is cold, your blood flow slows down. Then when you hop into a hot shower, your blood starts moving faster. And that’s what causes the pins and needles.

The solution is simple: get your body to room temperature first, before you take a hot shower.

The after shower itch

You can also feel itchy áfter your shower. In that case your skin may be dry. Make sure you pamper your body with some moisturizer or bodylotion. I like to slather my body with some cocoa buttercream.

When a post workout shower isn’t an option

I’m lucky because I work from home. But what if you have to squeeze your runs into your lunch break? And there are no showers at your workplace?

Here’s a quick fix for sweaty runners who have to work.

  1. Babywipes! Get yourself some babywipes, and put them into your deskdrawer. Use them to freshen up your armpits and your crotch. Don’t be stingy with the babywipes. Use a fresh one, for each part.
  2. Talcum powder: talcum powder will get rid of the sweaty feeling, and it will make you smell like a bed of roses.
  3. Dry shampoo: spray some into your sweaty hair, and it will soak up the sweat.

And when you get home in the evening, thén you can have your post workout shower!