I stopped mid-stride as I felt a particularly large spider web on my face. I started rubbing my face furiously when I heard Crazy Amy behind me shriek, “Don’t move!”
“Spider! There’s a spider in your hair!”
I immediately threw off my sun visor and sunglasses on the ground. Amy started batting at my hair while I began hopping from foot to foot and jumping up and down screaming.
“Get it off! Get it off!”
Then, “I just peed my pants!”
Seriously, in the throes of the hopping frenzy, I did pee my pants.
I knew I should have taken a potty break at our last pit stop!
Thank goodness I was wearing black shorts on our run on Saturday. They would be completely soaked in sweat by the end of our run anyway that day.
Hey, for you prim and proper type, peeing your pants while jumping around is what happens when you have previously given birth to two children and are approaching fifty. Jumping jacks and jumping rope are not my best friends at boot camp let me tell you.
Crazy Amy and I are now in our taper phase preparing to race the Pikes Peak 30K in Colorado Springs next Saturday. If legend holds true, our training in the high heat and humidity will have prepared us for running in higher altitudes. But whatever. We will tow the starting line regardless and we will cross that finish line wheezing and crawling on our hands and knees DFL (dead f* last) if need be.
As with planning your estate, training for an ultra race has its unexpected twists and turns, such as spiders in your hair and peeing your pants unexpectedly.
The key is to stay flexible, build in contingencies, and always plan for the unexpected. Thank you, Crazy Amy, for always having my back! [I tried to offer Amy the opportunity to lead us on the trails after my spider in the hair debacle but she politely (and wisely) declined. Go figure! Ha ha.]
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Crazy Amy and I leave next Wednesday for Colorado and we are super excited. Neither one of us has ever been to Colorado before and this will be our first Destination Race. I’m sure many adventures await us which you will no doubt read about here.
Colorado should be scared. Very scared.
Kristen “Trying Not to Pee My Pants Again” Marks