Why is it that when I set out for a run in the morning I can't use the bathroom before hand. I really want to use it. I would love to make sure that I get it out of the way so that I don't have that nagging feeling the entire way, will I or won't I have to go. I think most of my anxiety pre-race revolves around number twos. I wake up on race day and the entire time I am getting ready I try to tell my body that it needs to cooperate and go while I am at home.
It doesn't seem to matter whether I eat breakfast and have a cup of coffee an hour before I head out or just have a light breakfast of yogurt or not eat at all. I can never seem to go before I set out for my morning run. Then about two to three miles into my run my stomach starts to do that crampy uh-oh thing and I know it is not going to behave. Some days I am able to walk for a couple of minutes and talk it back from the brink of danger. And then some day like this morning, I have to cut my run short and head home so that there will be no embarrassing accidents.
I run in my neighborhood which is largely residential. There are no woods or secluded places to stop and use a bush. There also aren't any bathrooms along my way. I just have to grit my teeth and hope that I can make it home in time.
I wish that I could say that I have figured out what foods cause this problem for me. At first I thought it was because I was eating too much fiber or because the night before I had a cocktail. I have cut alcohol completely out of my diet for the last two weeks and I have reduced my fiber intake the day before my runs with little success.
I just hope that it is not like this for my half marathon in January. I would hate to wait in the porta-potty lines or have an accident with 20,000 people watching. Maybe I should invest in some depends.
Does anyone else have these issues? Am I the only one with these embarrassing problems?