Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stretching: A Hairy Situation

Today, I eschew the reviews in favor of a public service announcement: Stretching is dangerous, teammates. Yes, I know all the gurus say that post-run stretching wards off injury, but I'm here to tell you that it can very well lead to injury.

After my past four runs, stretching has proven to be difficult and dangerous. I can bend over and touch my toes all right. But it starts to get hairy with Downward Facing Dog. Suddenly, I'm swarmed. I have to jolt from my relaxed position to protect myself. My head starts to feel all wet. When I switch to a stretch that has me lying on my back, however, is when the real pain begins.

Here I am trying to fend off the dangers of stretching. I apologize that my camera work is shoddy while being mauled. In case you haven't already met him, this is Dobson. (Coincidentally, the blur in the upper right corner is my other Dobson.) Every time I'm seated or on my back stretching after a run, I hear the clatter of his giant paws bounding toward me. He's a menace. I'm never stretching again.

12 comments:

The Enthusiast said...

Oh Dobson! Maybe once you start running with him he'll start stretching with you and not against you.

Xenia said...

Huh, I guess I was right after all.

That's the fun of furry pets. You never have personal space ever again.

Carolina John said...

gaaa! foiled by felines again. watch out for your cornhole dude.

Viper said...

Er, that would be canines, John.

Jess said...

HAhaha wow just wow

Al's CL Reviews said...

Dobson and Scuttlebutt must be related. There is no stretching to be done in my household either.

The Sean said...

this is my convenient excuse for the lack of core work... a face lick on each ascent makes for a very "clean" face.

Morgan said...

I'm kinda in love with your Dobson.

Mike Antonucci said...

That's what she said.

Rachel said...

Between my Shiner trying to maul me and lick everything last sweat drop off of my extremeties, I don't think I've stretched in 3 years. Oops.

Funnyrunner said...

At least he's not goosing you... or is he?

Jes said...

I have started trying to do yoga at home, and that downward dog pose is not as easy as it seems on tv! I love the picture!