Running Bathroom Talk

WARNING: We’re about to get real personal.

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Family and my closest friends know I have some bathroom issues. I basically have two settings:

  1. I don’t have to go
  2. I HAVE TO GO IMMEDIATELY.

I’ve been known to run down a street locating a bathroom, yell at restaurants that won’t let me use their bathroom, and go when I need to go – I’ll leave it at that.

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Let me also clarify this goes for #1 and #2.

When I started long distance running, everyone was very concerned when and where I would go to the bathroom should an IP (Instant Poop/Pee) occur.

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Not to mention, we all know there is nothing more annoying than running and having to go. It’s all you can think about until you go!

Here are a few of my key tips for dealing with, and avoiding IPs

  1. Know your route – if you are familiar with the route you take, chances are you’re familiar with the bathroom locations – or where the heavy shrubbery is located.
  2. Plan your route – seems simple, but I can’t tell you how many times I thought running rouge was a good idea, then BOOM, IP and nowhere to go. I always know where I’m running before I hit the pavement, which means, knowing where the bathrooms are.
    • Sub-tip: Walgreens and Starbucks always have public bathrooms
  3. Avoid hot chicken – and all potentially stomach churning foods the night before a long run. I had world famous hot chicken the night before the Nashville Rock ‘n Roll and ended up waiting in line at a port-a-potty.
  4. Go to the bathroom before your run – I of all people know you can’t force it, but sitting on the toilet for a few minutes before may save you an IP situation later on.
  5. Be prepared – yes, I mean be prepared for the situation no one wants to talk about, or deal with. I always have a small wad of paper towel in my pocket or belt. Find really tall, or dense bushes and woods. Another reason I usually run super early, before it gets light out…

Now I know this may have made a lot of people uncomfortable, but for the others who have dealt with, or worry about the infamous IP – you’re welcome.

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Run free friends.

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