How can I avoid runner’s trots on my run?
As I am preparing for my first, lengthy running race ever (will tell you about my victory or failure after the race), there are many things that make me nervous besides the “will I make it to the finish line” part. Things like ‘will I get painful blisters in my feet just after a few miles’, ‘what if I eat completely wrong the day before the race’, or ‘what if I am not able to sleep the night before and already start the run being exhausted’? However, those are just thoughts that occasionally pass through my head and I can live with.
My biggest fear, however, has to do with needing to find a restroom when there is none around. To have the entire run demolished because I need to start walking and praying that I can hold it in until the next restroom.
It seems like I am not alone with this fear, in fact it seems to be a very valid and common concern among long distance runners. For some people it does not seem to be a problem though; they go as far as saying that it is just one of those things that will happen and that every real runner will have to finish at least one race with a full load in their pants. I so not want that to happen to me though!
So, this morning I was so delighted when I discovered an article in Runner’s World newsletter about “How can I avoid midrun bathroom breaks”. It is a great article that gives you real instructions as to how to prepare for the run, when to eat and what to eat in order to minimize the risk of runner’s trots. You can read the entire article here.