Monday, April 21, 2014

Runners Tell All Linkup: Go Before You Go

It's once again time to link up with fellow runner bloggers via The Lady Okie!

This month's topic is sharing a bad race or training experience and what you learned from it.

Without grossing you out with too many details, I will admit that my worst training experience (by far!) was a 5 mile run cut short by the call of nature that required a shower immediately upon returning home. 'Nuff said, right?

Since then, I've had a few more occasions where I've had to become one with nature because I was too far from home, but thankfully they are becoming a rarity. Thank God!

I've learned the hard way, that you have to go before you go. Also, I have to pay attention to what I'm eating before I run, as well as the day before I do a long run or race. Every runner is different, but lighter is better for me. I cannot do a huge spaghetti dinner the night before a race. I've learned that lean protein and veggies are better for me. I love to eat fish the night before a big run.

The morning of I prefer a Honey Stinger Waffle. I know some people can eat an entire bagel or toast with peanut butter, but that usually ends in disaster for me. I bring along energy chews to continue fueling during a long run. An embarrassing secret: I also take 2 immodium. Just to be safe.

If you're not a runner, this is probably totally grossing you out. I'm sorry. But, unfortunately, it is the nature of the beast. Running messes with your digestive system like no other. There's a lot of sloshing around, and more blood pumping, and general increase of "flow". You gotta do what you gotta do. I know it seems crazy that we runners would put up with all this just to run a little bit longer, but once you get addicted to those endorphins, they're hard to resist!

So, now that I've told you my dirty secrets, what are yours? Worst training experience?


  1. I'm doing a 10k in June and this is my biggest fear!

  2. I love the Honey Stingers! Good choice. I also like these energy bean things. They come in a packet of maybe six or so, and they have caffeine in them! They're great. Glad you linked up! Obviously this is a problem for me too, so I'm glad you can relate ;)

  3. I've never actually pooped my pants on a race but it's been pretty darn close! I don't know why running does that but it sure does! I'm glad you have figured out what works for you. That's a big stepping stone. Thanks for linking up with RTA this month!