The Carnival of Running #7

Welcome to the 7th edition of The Carnival of Running!

This week we have a nice combination of funny odd and funny ha-ha stuff for your reading and viewing pleasure. Let’s begin with a tip of the hat to Ramblings of a Running Addict for finding this YouTube video:

We love running. We love writing about running. But most of all, we love writing about disgusting bodily functions associated with running. Steve in a Speedo?! Gross! provides too much information in his poop post, while Running Off at the Mind asks, “How do I pee in the bus’ bathroom while going 70mph?”

I Signed Up for This?!? is thrilled that the cold weather allows her to practice her snot rocket technique but, believe it or not, she was not the only one with a snot rocket blog post. joyRuN had one of her own, but I decided not to use Half-Fast’s “snot rocketeer” post, since I much preferred his injury treatment regimen of forgoing R.I.C.E. in order to use F.B.N.H.

Meanwhile, Tips for Training and Coaching is looking for topics to blog about. How about snot rockets? It’s all the rage!

Xenia at Diggin’ It wants your best advice for pre-race preparation. (Tip #1: Blow your nose before the gun goes off.)

Just Your Average Joggler has some excellent safety tips for both running and juggling outdoors, not one of which involves shooting snot rockets while running and juggling three machetes.

I’ll Run from Donuts had a fast week by skipping Wednesday. Skipping miles 2-4 makes your race go faster, too.

Are you a marathon maniac? Find out by taking this simple quiz.

It’s a story older than recorded history. Man finds woman standing in kitchen sink. Man gets upset. Woman doesn’t understand why. Man says: “The sink is only about an inch, maybe an inch and a half, thick. It’s not meant to support your weight!” To which Woman replies, “How much do you think I weigh?”

It was also a week for literature and verse. Sarah at Running into the Sun waxed poetic about the winter weather, while Adventure Seeker provided these lines as Quote of the Day:

“Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more then just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better then anyone else. It’s being creative.”

When I run, people are always saying, “I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.” Mostly because they don’t recognize it as running. Such thinking leads to many imponderable questions, such as the ones deliberated upon by Excuse #1 I’m Not Fit to Run.

Mostly Running… has some “tragedikal events” to relate, but he gets extra plus points for using footnotes in a blog post.

Running is funny, but Girl on Top writes the single saddest sentence ever penned in the English language: “I never saw it in those eyes, but in the first few months of our marriage, I cried at night while he was up playing Warcraft.”

Run Dando Run! describes the 20-miler before his first marathon succinctly as “complete torture,” but Jen’s Runnings and Ramblings is much more upbeat in the race report of her first marathon, in San Antonio. Training for a Half goes one better and provides not just a race report, but a massage report, too.

Thanks to Dawn – Pink Chick for the link to this video, titled “Why I Run.”

Finally, from the news we learn that the new owners of the Los Angeles Marathon have decided to move the race from early March to Memorial Day. As you can see from the readers’ comments, opinions on the move range from “stupid” to “really stupid” to “criminally stupid.” This prompted the Los Angeles Times to run a second story, just so people would have more space to complain.

The organizers of the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon are even more thrilled. Their race is the Sunday after Memorial Day.

Yep, lots of happy people out here in the Golden State, particularly those who put together the first ever Pasadena Marathon, which was canceled due to smoke from the southern California fires.

It’s just as well. With all the smoke and ash, runners’ eyes would sting, and their noses would start to run, and you know what that leads to. That’s all for this time, friends. Submit your posts to Now run away!