Thirteen Miles or Bust

chronicles of a novice runner training for a half marathon

Fear: when a bodily rebel force strikes October 9, 2009

Filed under: Novice runner,running,Worst Run — runningchic @ 12:42 pm
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In thinking about running a half marathon one might fear getting a leg cramp or not being able to finish the race. Nah, my worst fear is getting shit cramps while running and having a rebel force type urge that is uncontrollable while among a sea of runners. Then what? I have recently become slightly paranoid about this thought. After a little online research I found out that my paranoia has an official name, it is called RUNNER’S DIARRHEA. I wish it sounded a little better but it sounds as nasty as it is.

Here’s some background (which may be the root of my self-diagnosed paranoia). May 2009: I partake in a 5K charity run for a local children’s hospital. The run starts at 9am. I began way too fast and blame it on a song by Flo-rida–maybe it wasn’t a good idea to listen to a fast paced club/rap song at 9 am.  I feel sluggish at mile 2 and can’t even make it up a moderate hill. Run/walk up the bloody hill and then the gurgling starts. It came over me like a rebel force and with every step I took  from there on out I felt a loss of control. As soon as I saw the finish line it started happening! WTF!!!! Ran through the finish line and continued running right into a bathroom.  Pathetic, this wasn’t a long distance run, and I get RUNNERS DIARRHEA?! In hindsight–maybe I shouldn’t have consumed five beers the night before and the coffee that morning, my bad. . .

For my info on this fascinating topic check out the following two articles:

Running-Advice.com

Mayo Clinic.com

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