The best lesson learned I have ever heard was from my friend Dayna (aka suttonhoo in the blogosphere) who, upon completing a two-week sailing trip around the islands of Greece with a naturist first-mate, came to the realization that “your underwear is there to protect me as much as it is to protect you.”
This truism should be at the very top of the list of gluteal words of wisdom. It is so brilliant that I hesitate to put forth my own addition to the record based on my experience today. But in the interest of science and the need to produce a blog post I offer this advice:
Get your bum fancy in moderation.
And by this I mean:
- Do not add extra derriere maneuvers to your pilates workout the day before starting the Couch to 5K week three workout in which you double your running sections.
- Do not engage in four hours of walking around Arts in the Park after the aforementioned target training even though you might score a really cool necklace* with a carved Tibetan bead illustrating the conch, one of the eight auspicious signs.
- If you should decide to perform all of the above, then do not forget to stretch said area prior to running the next day lest cheek cramps prevent you from going faster than a slow crawl.
That is all my friends. I caution you to not make the same mistakes I made. If my words can make a difference for just one person, then it was worth the pain (but not really).