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Monday, April 13, 2009

Spring Fresh!

About a tenth of a mile into my 3 miler last night, I felt a strange bunching of fabric in my shorts. At first I thought it was the lining of the shorts, but that seemed odd since I've never had such a thing happen. Then, I figured maybe the shell of the shorts had just twisted around weird, but that wasn't it because it was really a bunching of material inside the short.

So, as I ran, I reached in my shorts (that phrase right there should yield some interesting site meter results), and discovered a dryer sheet wadded in there. Not wanting to litter, I held onto the sheet for the next 2 and 1/2 miles until I passed a bus stop where I could throw it away in the garbage can.

Now, in many ways, this doesn't seem all that strange -- I mean, dryer sheets get caught in the fabric of clothes all the time, and I'm sure we've all discovered ourselves wearing one at some point or another -- but in all my running memory, I could not think of a single instance in which this had previously happened. So, as I ran, carrying that dryer sheet in one hand, I couldn't help but kinda giggle to myself every so often. Cuz, c'mon, how many of us find ourselves running with a dryer sheet? Any of you?

27 comments:

X-Country2 said...

You're such a good environmentalist! :o)

I've never found dryer sheets in my running clothes, but I have gone to work with a trouser sock stuck in the leg of my pants. Same sort of "what is that" feeling for half the day.

Nicole said...

That would have been a new one for me. At least you figured out before the run was over.

Jamoosh said...

Um, I am thining yo may be alone on that one. But that just makes you "unique!"

Erik said...

The good part is, I bet as you were passing people they were commenting that fresh smell. Just out of the dryer smell. HA

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aron said...

haha thats funny :) I dont use dryer sheets so never had that happen! I'm a downy girl :)

d.a.r. said...

This has totally happened to me but in a pair of running tights!! I looked down mid-run and was really disturbed to see this little wad of something on my thigh. I thought it was a rat or a giant spider (overactive imagination much?) and practically dropped my pants in the middle of my run.

You are not alone hahaha!

D10 said...

Never ran with a dryer sheet stuck in my shorts. But, I have run with them on backwards!

teacherwoman said...

that lining in running shorts is a perfect catch for dryer sheets. I am surprised it doesn't happen more often!

This has never happened to me, but doesn't mean it never will. LOL.

Carlee said...

I have found a pair of underwear...that was awkward, though it wasn't while running. It was at work...

Marcy said...

No sheets in my running clothes but I find them all the time in my jeans LOL

Oz Runner said...

lol...i am sure it is only a matter of time until that happens to me...

Erin said...

I think I would have tossed it on the side of the road. Maybe...depends on my eco friendly state of mind and oncoming traffic.

Marlene said...

LOL, definitely can't say I've had that happen. You were probably the best smelling runner out there!

Christy said...

I agree with Erin. I totally would've tossed that sheet on the side of the road. Let's just say that I'm not the "greenest" of runners!

Too funny!

AKA Alice said...

Oh yeah...I find dryer sheets in my clothes all the time, but I don't think I've ever found one in my running shorts. I LOVE that you reached in to fetch it out...that must have been a sight (pregger woman with hand down shorts...hahahahah)

AddictedToEndorphins said...

Glad you held onto the dryer sheet til you reached a garbage can. I get mad at running buddies when they throw gel wrappers on the ground.

Can't say I've ever found a dryer sheet in anything (but thats becaues most of my clothes can't be washed with fabric softner..)

TNTcoach Ken said...

I've had those dryer sheets fall out of my gym bag in the locker room on numerous occasions. I've reached in my shorts during a run to readjust myself and wonder what passerby's think as they see me.

Jess said...

Haha I'm just picturing you running down the street with a dryer sheet in your hand!

Shannon said...

Dryer Sheets, Underwear, & Socks!

Just kidding, but wouldn't that be funny? You would run and just discover random shiz all jammed into your shorts.

Amanda said...

I had this happen with a sock once. I carried it home and found it's mate.

Lily on the Road said...

You are such a riot!

No, no dryer sheets in my running shorts, I don't use the dryer for any of my running "stuff".

However, other items...well, YES!!

Viper said...

You should have left it where the dryer sheet where it was. Then you wouldn't have had to wash your shorts because they'd still be so fresh and so clean, clean.

/Outkasted

Wes said...

Hate it when that happens, and I carry gu packaging until I find a garbage can too. Lurve it!!

runner26 said...

at least this makes for a good story. Otherwise, it would just be another run!

Jes said...

That is pretty funny. I can say that has never happened to me before.

Maris said...

Dryer sheet, no. Spare sock stuck to the inside of my running pants? Only once or twice :o)

I love how you have a story for just about every run.

sRod said...

Ha ha! This just gave me a very funny picture in my head.

I stopped suign the dryer on my running clothes a while back. I felt the dryer was damaging the clothes so I resorted to line drying. No dryer sheets needed!