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blooger butt

369 Posts

Posted - June 10 2009 :  20:35:42  Show Profile
say you run 6-7 times a week, 8 miles at a time, but on maybe 3 of these runs, you have to stop for 3-5 minutes to go to the bathroom. do you think this would have a big negative impact on training/fitness/endurance?

DMRuns85

564 Posts

Posted - June 10 2009 :  21:50:20  Show Profile
No. Happens to me when I first start getting up there in mileage or when coming back from taking time off and not living the most healthy life style. Body has to adjust to it I guess? Try eating a good 4 hours before going out to run.

Got endorphins?
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JR

237 Posts

Posted - June 11 2009 :  10:37:37  Show Profile
I'm no doctor but this seems to be a digestive system problem that should be looked at by a doctor. I've been running a long long time and have never once had to stop during a run to poop. Maybe I'm the oddball (for sure) and I don't know how common this might be amongst others though.
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JF

2688 Posts

Posted - June 11 2009 :  13:21:20  Show Profile
I don't think it is a big deal to stop and "unload" during a run. For you, it is probably happening more than normal, but nothing to be alarmed about.

DM is right, you need to alter your diet so this could be reduced, but I'd rather go too much than not enough.

Don't be afraid to ask someone to "pull your finger" while out there.
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SonOfRoxy

476 Posts

Posted - June 11 2009 :  21:07:15  Show Profile
Leaves or T.P.?
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blooger butt

369 Posts

Posted - June 12 2009 :  10:55:28  Show Profile
socks or leaves...i've gone through a lot of socks
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notsofast

8 Posts

Posted - June 12 2009 :  23:28:56  Show Profile
Don't forget bandanas and underwear. I've finished more than one run "commando-style".
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jkrolick

92 Posts

Posted - June 13 2009 :  00:21:19  Show Profile
Happens to me and a lot of guys on the team. Nothing wrong with it plus you run better afterwards.

Hurt Pain and Agony
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SonOfRoxy

476 Posts

Posted - June 13 2009 :  13:29:14  Show Profile
I used a t-shirt on one run last year and bark on another. Cotton t-shirts are much better than tech fabrics, bark is not very good at all!
BB is this where your screen name comes from??
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blooger butt

369 Posts

Posted - June 13 2009 :  20:57:37  Show Profile
I probably would use underwear as well, but I already run commando to begin with. I've used t-shirts before as well, but during the summer I tend to run shirtless.

SonOfRoxy-that's not where my name came from...I think I made the name before I pooped a lot. Haha, that would make sense though.
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Bob K.

564 Posts

Posted - June 14 2009 :  17:09:06  Show Profile
I remember one Buffalo Marathon and a lack of porta johns in the middle of the race. While squatting in the bushes behind some factory on I think it was Tonawanda Street I was accosted by a large dog whose owner thought it was hilarious that his dog was menacing me. I escaped without any dog bites but did have one hell of a skidmark.
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SonOfRoxy

476 Posts

Posted - June 17 2009 :  09:46:20  Show Profile
bb,
Back to your original question, does this happen on both easy and fast runs? I find that my body seems to sort of shut down digestive function if I'm running hard, but sometimes if too much is in my stomach I still have to go.
I have a problem taking any type of nutrition while running. That usually doesnt bother me because most of my races are short enough that I don't take anything. I tried to race a marathon recently and took a gel at 12 or 13 miles. I had to stop in a port a john less than a mile later because it got my digestive system all stirred up. I didn't have the same problem taking gels during training , but I was usually running slower on my long runs. I'm not sure what to do about this, possibly test myself bytaking gels on hard tempo runs or something. My solution has been not to race anything that long. If I were to race a marathon tomorrow, I think I would stay away from everything but water and gatorade.
And to get back to the question, if I am having that problem regularly I take a look at what and whenI am eating earlier in the day.
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joe whelan 09

229 Posts

Posted - June 22 2009 :  21:15:16  Show Profile
i crapped myself @ ECIC's 3200 this year wasn't pleasant.


It was only a little bit but regardless it sucked.

"unlike other sports cross country requires 2 balls."
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TFPIV

1009 Posts

Posted - June 25 2009 :  10:07:22  Show Profile
SonOfRoxy,

Remember the time when my car key went into the toilet at work? The automatic motion sensored toilet? The one that flushes at a piece of dust that passes the sensor? Yeah...that was great. hahahaha!
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xcstreaker

111 Posts

Posted - June 25 2009 :  13:41:57  Show Profile
Oh, that's rich.
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MasterBilly03

4 Posts

Posted - June 26 2009 :  00:37:23  Show Profile
I've never had this problem before, but it may have to do with your eating habits, try not eating any dairy pre run, simple carbs work best for me. happy trails.

If ever trapped in a desert, here's three things one must know:
1) the knife goes on the right
2) 15 men and a dead man's treasure aren't always what they seem.
3) you're number one enemy isn't blue ray, it's broccoli
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lonergan09

320 Posts

Posted - June 27 2009 :  08:08:00  Show Profile
This might be a good starting point to get some answers:

http://www.time-to-run.com/doctor/runnerstrots.htm

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