Getting better at fueling myself before, during, and after a run is seriuosly something that I am most proud of in the last 2 months! I went from never ever letting myself eat during or after a run “Because ohmygosh Andrea you want to be burning calories…not taking them in!! Ahhhh!!” Ya. Lame. I know.
Anyways, so yesterday when I was so excited to do a longer-ish run, I knew that whether or not I could make it 12 miles without fuel was not the question (yes I absolutely could.) But for optimal performance and great practice for marathon training, I decided yesterday was a perfect day to practice! So I grabbed a free Gel pack that I got from the Triathlon last week and took off!
I ran on the Monon Trail (paved walked way) and it was packed full of runners, walkers, bikers out enjoying the great weather! I was pumped from the get go! My legs felt great and I took the first 2 miles as a slow warm-up with my dad. I am really a big proponent of warm-ups now!
My legs were a little tired from the squat thrusters I did on Saturday, but not overly so. A run was just what they needed to stretch out!
At mile 5-6 I decided to start eating my Gel. I didn’t eat it all in once big squeeze (eww gross). When it has finally settled into my system around mile 7… that is when the problems hit.
I wasn’t sure how much detail to go into regarding just how awful my stomach digested this gel and my bodies reaction to it–after all, I don’t want you guys puking in your cubicles at work or on your coach at home. But then again, we are all runners, right? We have all been here at some point in our running careers!
From mile 7 onward, I could not find a bathroom fast enough. I lost count how many time I went. I was hobbling down the monon, squeezing my butt-cheeks together with all my might just so I didn’t have an accident on the trail with 30 people watching. It.Was.Awful.
After bathroom stop #?… I really no longer had anything to “get out”, yet I was still feeling awful and as if I would poop my pants any second!! This went on the entire way back, mile 7-12. And if you are wondering if I found enough bathrooms along the way and made it back without “going in my pants”… I would love to say yes. But that would be a lie. So NO. I did not find enough bathrooms and the last 1.5 miles I basically was going in my pants. Eww Andrea you are so gross and gave us way to much info!!! Well, sorry! But not really because like I said– I have never met a runner who didn’t experience this at least once (and realistically lots more!)
I blame the Gel! I am sure that was not the only thing going on here… but it is just easier for me to blame the gel. I decided that I like solid food like I did for my triathlon– cliff bars/Kashi bars. So I will break them up into little pieces before the run and pop those in my mouth. Maybe that will work better. Or i need to get a little running hydration belt and fill it with Gatorade. I love Gatorade when I workout!
Sorry for the TMI (too much information)! I was mad I felt like this, but honestly I was very please with the run! i felt great! legs were workin’, my breathing was 100% under control… I felt I could have gone forever if not for the bathroom issues!
Have a great Monday everyone!!
Have you ever had a bathroom/stomach/pooping/peeing incident like mine??? (please say yes)
What do you fuel with on the run?