I had to bail on my run today. Thanks Emily for the pickup.
That was the status on one my runner friend’s Facebook page. Immediately I felt concerned for him! He runs often – did he have an injury? Did he fall in the rain? Was he being chased by a dog (one of my big fears when I am alone)? Did he get hit by a car (which did actually happen to me once when I used to live and run in Hoboken)? He is not the type to cut a run short.
I was not the only one concerned. He had many responses asking the same things. His answer? “After 8 miles I couldn’t hold it anymore. Too much junk food yesterday.” !@#! LMAO.
As runners, I think we can all relate! Have you been there?
As luck would have it, many articles have been devoted to this subject. Active lists it as one of the 6 grossest things about running. (http://beta.active.com/running/articles/the-6-grossest-things-about-running) The Fitness Coach of Outside Online tries to explain why this phenomenon happens in this article – http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/fitness-coach/Why-Youre-Running-For-the-Restroom.html. And, to round it out, Competitor takes a stab at telling us how to avoid those moments altogether. (http://running.competitor.com/2013/04/training/why-do-i-have-to-poop-when-i-run_70934). The moral of the story is- Avoid Quest Bars Before A Long Run!
So, I am wondering would you cut your run short or find a secluded spot like the now infamous “Pooping Runner”? Also, do you have any tips to avoid this problem?