If you got a glimpse of the comments from my last post, you’ll see a little nudge from my Big Sis. “Quit whining and just run,” she says. *sigh* and then the lecturing begins. “Really, you shouldn’t…” *roll eyes* Big Sis’ comments have always been a mixed bag for me. They are the product many years of experience, paired with a whole lot of love for me. Even though her comments aren’t always well taken, I know the fact that they are well meaning to be true. My sister loves me, and I love her.
Still, I can’t resist jabbing back a little bit. II began my reply with, “Am I going to have to block your comments from my site?” Of course, I was joking. I went on to affirm, “I meant to point out that if you don’t do the preventative measures like ice baths, foam rolling, recovery drink/meals, stretching, cross-training the next day, etc….you will pay for it.” Then, came the jab. I prodded her a bit, “Sound familiar?”
After my punchy explanation, I went on to the real reason for my grumpiness. I wrote, “And what’s up with that potty comment.” Indeed, I knew exactly why she had made included “get there early enough to use the potty” in her comment. Only weeks ago I had written about being late to the long run and falling behind the group. Then there was the post where I mentioned needing a bio-break during my solo time trial. *another sigh* Can’t we just forget about that?
Apparently, I am sensitive about the whole pee thing. Especially given a recent experience that comes later in this post. It isn’t just Big Sis who has noticed my short comings. Last weekend, Lil Sis casually mentioned that she, AND HER FRIEND, wondered how many times I had to stop during my half-marathon to go potty. Huh? Okay, I did duck into the bushes to pee when Lil Sis and I were out running together. Haven’t we all had to do that at one time or another. I can think of many a running blog where elimination issues have been discussed, but my family only reads *my* blog. I therefore had reservations about writing about my latest experience on this very topic.
[pause to think]
Let me point out that this is a blog about life. It’s blog about MY life, that I write for ME. There is a saying that goes “shit happens.” In my case, a lot of shit has happened in the past couple of years. Perhaps you have heard this saying too. Yes?
Well, apparently, pee happens too. My point is that IF, after drinking approximately three glasses (32 oz. each) of water in a 3 hour time span, followed by hill repeats, a little pee leaks out it might be something that I would be embarrassed about. So that IF, after such occurrence someone happened to innocently mention past potty issues in a post that has nothing to do with this issue, I might make it a bigger deal than is healthy. It happened on Tuesday, but it does not happen often. I just happen to reveal these things publically. That fact that it happened should not be something that prevents me from running hills again. It MIGHT however make me consider spreading my hydration efforts more evenly throughout the day. Again, lesson learned (hopefully).
I am in training. This is the time to make mistakes and learn from them. This is the time to skip post-run rituals and be reminded of the reasons why I started doing these things. It’s a time to train my body for the big day, when I will run 26.2 miles (hopefully) WITHOUT stopping to go potty. And IF I do have to go potty on race day, because I have learned what effect downhill running can have on a full bladder, at least I will have learned how to do it as quickly as possible. I training for a marathon, and potty training is a part of that.
Okay. Enough said.
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