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  1. Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
    October 12, 2012

    Thankfully I’ve never had serious race day issues but I have had a few poo issues during training ones. I’ve had a pop a squat a few times behind some bushes and even had the unfortunate experience of actually letting loose in my drawers. Thank God I was only 1.5 miles away, was wearing compression shorts, had my cell phone, and a quick acting husband that picked me up. =)
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    • Debbie
      October 12, 2012

      Thanks, Heidi, for answering in the “not TMI” spirit! My poo problems tend to be after a long run, but then it seesm my insides ave turned to liquid. My husband prepares by taking a handful of toilet paper and he always uses it.

  2. Ashley
    October 12, 2012

    I ALWAYS tell people you are not a real runner until you experience runners trots. Like Heidi, I’ve had to run into the bushes a few times (thank God for canyon runs! and cheap gloves!), but there’s no reason to feel like crap (ha!) while running when you can relieve yourself and continue pain free.

    I’ve never peed myself while running – but I’ve come close in CrossFit when we do double unders!
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  3. Kareen
    October 12, 2012

    Ahhh! Runners Trots brings back fond memories. Like Heidi, I haven’t had any race day issues but when I was training regularly a few years ago, I had to leave my running group many times in search of a bathroom and then finish my run alone :( I’ve also been the victim of a black toe that eventually just fell off. I miss running! I seriously need to get back into it :)
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  4. Jenny @ simply be me
    October 12, 2012

    Running while pregnant made me all too familiar with the pee issue. Thankfully it seems to have gone away now that my baby is here. I’ve never had any pooping issues while running but definitely have them after long runs.
    The only other I can think of is the constant runny nose I get while running – thank goodness for long sleeves :)
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  5. Kate
    October 12, 2012

    Great topic! Good answers too :-)

    I belch when I run – that’s my TMI. Delicious.
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  6. Kate @ Kate is eating
    October 12, 2012

    Oh dear, I’ve never seen bloody nipples on a dude before. I’ve heard about them but omg that picture! The most discomfort I’ve ever really had was just muscle soreness. I guess I’ve got to start running more to get to know some of these embarrassing moments :p
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  7. AmyC
    October 13, 2012

    Definitely NOT TMI…great post!
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  8. Erica @ For the Sake of Cake
    October 13, 2012

    Thank you for this post! I just started training for my first half marathon, and I’ll admit I was curious about a few of these things!
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  9. Adriana
    October 13, 2012

    Great post coach! Two words: Mt. Sac. Running down all those hills… Oh God. I’m just gonna say that my last race there, I didn’t stop running until after I realized how long the line for the bathroom was. Then I just ran to the hoses they provided for runners when they crossed the finish line. Most embarrassing moment of my life.

  10. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie
    October 13, 2012

    This post is like seeing into a new world I just started!! Haha I’ve done very limited running so I haven’t had any of this happen but omg the guys bloody nipples look so painful!
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  11. Sheena
    October 13, 2012

    I LOVE this post :) I’ll tackle them one by one…

    1) This is the worst of the 5 for me. I already have a severely sensitive stomach, and a GI disorder that can turn any day into a “where’s the nearest bathroom” day, complete with doubled-over in pain symptoms. Not so fabulous. Now add running in, and it’s even worse! My first 1/2 marathon, I used Gu, and luckily was able to get through the race, but about 30 minutes after my finish, I could feel mountains moving, and was sick for about 7-8 hours afterwards :(

    2) Thankfully my sports bra has saved me from this, but until I found Moving Comfort, I would get horrible chafing on my upper abdomen, where the band was, or where the straps were digging into my shoulders, since the girls aren’t exactly light.

    3) I have to be careful with this one. Even though I take iron supplements, I’m still anemic, so if it’s a heavier month, laden with painful cramps, I have to be cautious. Even though the running helps with cramps, if it’s too heavy and I’m still running, I have gotten dizzy/light-headed during and after a run.

    4) Yay for never having a black toenail (knock on wood). During the Nike Women’s 1/2 marathon in SF last year, my poor toes were banging up against the front of my shoes on all the downhills (have you been to SF?! It’s all hills!), and I did get a blister under my 3rd toenail, but it was just a regular blister and not a blood blister, so it didn’t result in a black toenail. It did lift my toenail, and I lost about 3/4 of it, but since it was still flesh-colored, you couldn’t really tell unless you were inspecting it or I had them painted.

    5) HUGE knock on wood! I have a weak bladder/you don’t have to go and then all of the sudden BAM! if you don’t find a bathroom in about 3 seconds you’ll pee your pants type of bladder, but it hasn’t come into play while running… yet. Thankfully!
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  12. Kayla
    October 13, 2012

    I’m lucky enough to have a stomach of lead – but it is a chronic situation in the reverse of the trots that I have to deal with so it sure doesn’t feel any better. At the end of marathons when I cross the finish line it always takes all that I have to not pee my pants… I think my body wants to relax so much!
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  13. Tracey English
    October 13, 2012

    My husband would die if he knew I was writing this, but he tries to run every morning and without fail, he is racing to the bathroom at the end of his run…it amazes me, but keeps him – um – very regular, which is a good thing! ;)

  14. Mindy @Road Runner Girl
    October 13, 2012

    This is an awesome post! I’ve had the runner’s trots for sure….hiding behind a bush on many occasions. Most of the time it happens after the run for me when I am safely at home thank goodness! And yes…I will admit that I have peed on myself a few times….:-( And yes on the toenail thing! Luckily I’ve only lost one so far!
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  15. Gina @ Noshing on Asphalt
    October 13, 2012

    I’ve been fairly lucky to make it almost all the way through my marathon training without the runner’s trot issue but there have been some close calls where if I had to go another mile or two I might be telling you a different story… Great post – loved it!!
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  16. Kat
    October 13, 2012

    It’s not tmi it’s the truth! My trick, I take a gu before I run to poo…get it out of my system ;)
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  17. fizzgig
    October 13, 2012

    uh, runners trots. this happened to me last weekend…There is always a first time! I had to “off road” my ordeal, which caused me much pain and agony due to the prickers on the trail. lesson learned. But, I am happy that I mapped out my race course properly, and knew, that off roading was my only option at that point…so there was a light at the end of the tunnel!
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  18. Mindy Artze
    October 13, 2012

    I cannot tell you how glad I am that I haven’t had to deal with bloody nipples! :( That sounds so so so painful!!! Sorry boys!
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  19. Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    October 13, 2012

    My black toenail popped off. So I have officially lost a toenail due to running. While it did feel a bit like a runner’s badge of honor I am glad my new shoes stopped that as I live in SC where it is sandal weather most of the year.
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    • Debbie
      October 13, 2012

      Yes, toenail loss is a mixed blessing. I once had a fake nail put on so that my tootsies would look sandal ready.
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  20. Ericka @ The Sweet Life
    October 14, 2012

    Definitely has to be discussed. Number one is really the only I’ve had issues with and…yeah, it sucks. But it is all about planning. Immodium is a godsend and i take two before every marathon!
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    • Debbie
      October 15, 2012

      Ironically, Number one is the only one of the above I haven’t had problems with (oh, no bloody nipples, either). I always had stomach problems, but things wanted top up, not down.
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  21. Kristen
    October 17, 2012

    My runners trot/bladder issues are usually triggered as soon as I stop running. I’m always amazed. At how quickly it comes on. There have been times where I’ve opened the front door and don’t even take the time to shut. It’s an all out sprint to the bathroom. One time I stopped running about a mile from my house and let me tell you that was the longest mile of my life. Lesson learned :)

  22. TriGirl
    October 17, 2012

    Ok, you will not hear me getting into any details, but I will be mentioning some less than ideal circumstances in my next race recap.
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