Friday, October 19, 2012

Running...and Pooh

Sorry, if I've brought you here and you were looking for that big cuddle loveable lug of a bear, I'm not talking about Winnie. And, this post has nothing to do with the Disney Store.
Nope, this one is all about running...long distances. Because I've learned a few things over the last year and a half. I used to only run short distances. It took me a long time to get past the two mile mark. It was like that middle of the week hump, or my miserable Monday morning feeling...it was something I just couldn't seem to put behind me. But then finally I had a break through and in June I ran my first ever marathon...a true milestone for this Old Fat Mom. Of course I had to drop 30 pounds first to do it. Thanks to Weight Watchers... :D (Which by the way is running a Free Promotion until Saturday).

Anyway, back to my story about pooh...

There's a direct link to running and your digestive tract. I know, we don't want to talk about such things. But it's your body and we all have to, you know, pooh...

So, it's best to be prepared.

When I go out for a long run, I try to have everything I need: water, Shot Bloks, maybe a little Gu. But I never thought about the other part...well, except for maybe needing to pee--you know, I'm a woman and we women have bladders the size of a small pea. Anyway, I never really had a problem with the other side of the digestive tract...until I started trying to speed up. . . and cut down my time by running intervals... Now, I'm not a doctor and I don't know but I'm just saying, when I started running faster, I had to GO. So, I started reading up on the issue.

When you run, more blood gets to your vital organs and speeds things up and (apparently) flushes them out. So if you're going for a long run, remember, don't eat a lot of high fiber the night before. Avoid roughage. And when you do your first marathon, don't - let me repeat myself DO NOT do something out of the ordinary for you. People kept telling me to carb up, carb load, and eat my fill of pasta. Hey, that's not normal for me. That might be okay for super skinny runners. But, like I said, I'm an Old Fat Mom, and I usually run on nothing, 'cuz I have plenty stored up in reserves. Anyway, the sad fact was I carb loaded and felt horrible the entire way of the run. On the bright side, I finished and heck I was 50! So I'm not complaining...much. I'm just passing on a few words of wisdom to all my running friends, especially any Old Fat Moms out there. You don't want to feel sick on your very first marathon...right? So take heed ladies, don't eat a lot of fiber the night before, and don't carb load if you don't normally.

7 comments:

Jen on the Edge said...

I can normally take care of business in the morning without any difficulty, but for some reason, my body often betrays me before races and I can't do what needs doin'. For a little 5K, that's not such a big deal, but for the 10-miler and half marathon, that could have been bad, very bad. So I got up a little early before both, sat down to eat breakfast and read and relax a little and that helped things get moving. I can't imagine what would have happened otherwise but I'm sure it wouldn't have been good.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I've heard of this phenomenon...

Kim Kasch said...

JOtE and GG: WARNING---this time of year, you have to watch out for Pumpkin...seeds, pie, bread, soup --Remember! IT is HIGH Fiber... not a good thing to have before a run...or you just might get them... ;)the runs

David Batista said...

This happens to me when I run. It's very annoying because it makes a normal brisk 5k into a grueling gauntlet of perseverance and fortitude. Ugh! So I usually try my best to get that business taken care of just before any run.

I thought I was the only one. Now I know. Thanks, Kim! :)

Kim Kasch said...

David: I had no idea. My sis struggles with the issue on most runs. We make potty pit stops for her...but shoosh, don't tell her I said anything about it. ;D

But I was really trying to speed it up, and that made my stomach twist into a knot...I had to run...literally for the toilet :( now I know...speed and high fiber can be torturous to runners

Christina Farley said...

Great tips. That's very interesting. I used to do very long runs but lately I just have time to run out the door for 40 minutes or so. Good for you!

Kim Kasch said...

Christina: When my kids were little - I only had time to run after them ;)

I know how it is :D