A Runner's Worst Nightmare – "Runners Trots"

I found this wonderful blog on running – Vanessa Runs, which has really detailed info on various running issues.

This post struck me as especially relevant as it covered an embarrassing aspect of running that most runners avoid talking about, and I am particularly affected by a variation of it – runner’s trots. Or, the need for “taking a dump” in the middle of a run.

Vanessa has some real detailed data on what runners should be aware of. I actually haven’t seen such data anywhere, and therefore feel really lucky to have spotted this info.

A sample info:

Keep in mind that food has a travel time:

  • From the moment you swallow to your stomach = 15-20 minutes
  • From the moment you feel full to elimination = 4-6 hrs
  • From the moment you swallow to elimination = 12-24 hrs

What Makes You a Runner

Pretty inspiring bit from John “The Penguin” Bingham.

If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.

( Source )

Another article on the topic by John.

I AM A RUNNER because my runs have names. I do tempo runs and threshold runs and fartlek runs. I do long, slow runs and track workouts. My runs are defined, even if my abs are not.

I AM A RUNNER because my shoes are training equipment, not a fashion statement. The best shoe for me is the one that makes me a better runner. I choose the shoe that goes with my running mechanics, not my running outfit.

I AM A RUNNER because …

Link: Runner's Diet Mistakes

10 ways runners cheat themselves nutritionally.

Now I am quite sure I fall into at least one or more of these categories:

The Nighttime Feeder

You eat very few calories all day long, then you gorge at dinner and late into the night.

“Eating little throughout the day and loading up at night is similar to filling up your gas tank after you’ve arrived at your destination,” says Dolins. Yet it’s a common pattern for a good number of runners. For many, it’s an oversight; the absence of an eating plan throughout the day leaves them starving by late afternoon, resulting in an evening binge.

That is me alright.

The Junk-Food Fiend

You eat whatever you want because you believe running will keep you fit and trim.

Sure, there are runners who live blissfully ignorant of their nutritional blunders, but then there is the Junk-Food Fiend. Painfully aware of his poor food choices, but unable or unwilling to change, he has convinced himself that he can get away with eating anything and everything.

Hmm. That also seems to be me alright. 🙂