Sunday, June 13, 2010

Crappy Run

Today, I had one of those runs that will be remembered, just like Amy Winehouse, as a horrible horrible mistake. My run SHOULD have went to rehab.

The run actually started out pretty good. I got a good night's sleep, I woke up when I wanted to and was out the door and warming up by 5:45. The temperature is around 10 degrees below normal so it was perfect running weather. All told, I wanted to do 15 miles at around 8:10 pace.

Because Phoenix likes to torture all of the night owls (and doesn't do daylight savings time) the sun had already rose when I started out on my run (sunrise today was 5:18am). I cranked out the first half with no stoplights slowing me down but was immidiately stopped by two - right at 8 miles. That is when the trouble started.


Because of Garmin's AWESOME pace chart. You can see that I was somewhere between Ryan Hall pace and walking pace for the first 9 miles. That is when I felt a slight gurgle....which eventually turned into full on runners trots. I frantically tried to find a gas station but, like the idiot that I am, whenever I would run by one I was feeling fine so I kept on trucking.....only to be doubled over in cheek clenching 'discomfort' 10 minutes later. Repeat 5 times until I got home.

What did I learn? Other than the fact that I need to find a NASA diaper dealer? No matter how good I feel, if I see a a hidden dumpster or big bush pulblic facility with a working toliet, STOP.

But, isn't that what training runs are for? Training yourself for every situation that could arise during race day? Fortunately this little 'test' hasn't happened to me while racing. But, just like the little kids book says "everybody poops" and eventually "everybody needs to poop at a race". Might as well practice it while I can.


By the way, as much TMI as this post was, aren't you glad I didn't include THIS picture?

22 comments:

gutterunner said...

I sounds like you managed as best you could in this situation. Crappy Run or not you still learn how to handle that kind of situation in the future.

EricaH said...

why did i click the picture link i think it will forever be etched in my brain, so gross.

Points for effort on the not so good run today.Sorry you had "cheek clenching" issues :)

Tricia said...

Totally not falling for it...I refuse to click that link. :)

Cynthia O'H said...

We've all been there - at least once, I'm sure. It's good training for you.

Jill said...

I hope that guy won some big bucks by winning, anyone who can't stop to take care of that has to be because they're about to win. Soooo nasty! And yea, I think we've all been there a time or 10. Glad it wasn't in your race last weekend!!

Jamoosh said...

Yeah, but your run is not going to meet Amy Whinehouse in rehab unless she's passed out in the gutter at the entrance.

ShutUpandRun said...

OK that pic didn't go so well with my morning coffee. Well, you know I've had my share of those crappy runs and I've also soiled myself in a race, so that must be good for something.

BTW, I'll get your picture to you when we get home, iTouch isn't working on vacay for some reason...

Julie said...

Oh Adam,
I feel for you! God that is the worst....but eventually everyone will have one of those runs:) Some of us more than one. How do you do it...running in Arizona in the summer? I am sweating just thinking about it! Nice job on your run...take care!

Glenn Jones said...

My niece actually saw that picture in real life in San Diego last weekend.....

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Ok, so I have not been brave enough to post about this yet, but this is the very thing that I deal with the most. (I even went to the doctor to have many, many tests done) It SUCKS!!!!

I may just have to suck it up and borrow your famous "Mr. Poopy Pants" picture and tell the world about this. Or maybe not...

Sorry it was a crappy run!

RunnuRMark said...

I do fear the day that the urge might strike me during a race, but I prefer to just pretend that it won't happen :) Congrats on not messing yourself!

Running Through Phoenix said...

If I see that high school photo of myself one more time.......

Dr. TriRunner said...

just threw up a little in the back of my mouth...

pretty sure i know where every single public bathroom is within a one mile radius of any given point on my "regular" routes. i am also very aware of what poison ivy looks like, due to one memorable "not regular" run.

you're doing it right.. it's adversity training. ;)

Pam said...

I think EVERYBODY should ALWAYS post that picture in EVERY running blog post.

It just never gets old. I LOL every time.

I never claimed to have a normal sense of humor.

Ace said...

In the words of a former president, "I feel your pain"...

drdave said...

You gotta live and run where I do. I could stop every ten feet and do my business and the only thing that might see me would be a browsing deer.

Not that I have tried to do my business every ten feet....huh, that might be a challenge worth trying.

Chad said...

I'm with you on the Garmin comment. Their Y-axis scaling is beyond understanding. It makes me crazy.

Shelly said...

I've got to admit that I do the same thing Adam. Feel like an EP ("Emergency Poop") is about to happen, keep running until I find a bathroom/porta potty, at which time I feel "fine?" and continue without stopping. Then repeat about numerous times until I finish my run. DUH!

destinationathlete said...

Glad to know others struggle with this too!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

I KNEW that link was going to be the picture Christy posted before I even clicked on it. Scary eh?

Ughh those are the worst kind of runs. I'm very impressed you made it that far! Also, yeah, that must be how it works with the fluctuation between feeling fine and about to keel over. Wonder if the feeling fine is really just mental? Hrm. Anyway your post is proof this really does happen to the best of us. As Kanye said:
"Th-th-that that don't kill me, will only make me stronger"

Christina said...

That's a horrible picture. That poor guy. He was probably trying to qualify for Olympic trials. I carry pepto bismal tablets with me on my long runs. At first gurgle I'm popping one.

RunningLaur said...

So, do you think there was something in the water at Yard House SD? This is precisely why my running was so bad (nonexistent) in the week after RNRSD.