A poopy kind of run.

Disclaimer: If I have to make eye contact with you at any point in the next 57 years, please do not read this post. Serious. You think I’m joking, but I’m not. I really cannot even believe I am going to publish this. But I am – no sugar coating included.

Let me give you some history before I get into the nitty gritty on this post… I look up to my mom. I’m the type who does things because it is how mom did it. I buy Tide laundry detergent and use Crest toothpaste because my mom did — I’m sure the other brands are just fine, but my mom trusted Tide & Crest so I will too. My mom kept the house fairly clean and made herself presentable every day, guests or not. And that has become a habit of my own.

That’s the nice, fluffy side of the story. My mom also never exposed any bodily sounds in public or around anyone, for that matter. In all my life, I have never heard my mom pass gas. It was left unsaid but it just wasn’t appropriate for women to do.


On a somewhat similar note, there was no talk of bowel movements {gawd, I feel so gross even typing it!} Yes, I know it is a natural but I just don’t do it. Carlos has never heard me pass gas let alone declare a BM. In fact, I’ve convinced him I don’t ever have BM’s.

But now, I have a problem and you
all are the only one I know to ask.

Running makes me feel like I have to poop. Whenever I run more than 30 minutes, I seem to have the feeling that I have to go to the bathroom {that seems to be a more appropriate way of saying it…}

At first, I just thought maybe I ate too much fiber-rich the day/night before. Or that I hadn’t gone to the bathroom enough prior to my longer runs. But it kept happening, no matter what I’ve eaten or not eaten.

Saturday, when I ran my 9 mile, it actually effected my run. I tried to stop at the port-a-potty however I got stage fright and nothing happened, so the run went on. By mile 7, I was starting to get crampy ended up walking about every 10  minutes just to let things settle down. I finished the run with a longer run time than I anticipated but finished, nonetheless.


Over the next 5 hours {a majority of which happened to be during our trip to Milwaukee}, I went to the bathroom multiple times — like I haven’t gone before. It was as if I hadn’t gone to the bathroom in weeks…despite the fact I am regular. And now,

It’s effecting my runs!

I’ve mentioned it a couple of times on Twitter so I know I’m not alone here, but am clueless as to how to get past this. My 10 mile run is 1.5 weeks away and I’m determined to figure this out — so determined, I’m willing to overshare way more than I was ever raised to do and publicly ask for help!


I go to the bathroom pretty regularly {as in, almost daily} so I’m not sure where this is all coming from..it isn’t like I’m backed up. Why did this happen? Did I shake everything loose? {eeewww} Please give me guidance, advice, thoughts & opinions.

P.S., This post will self destruct in 72 hours.


  1. Kind of on the same note, I cant even run outdoors anymore. My 5-6 mile treadmill runs usually have 3-4 bm trips. I’m thinking this is NOT normal, any one had this happen? Also after a run its like mucus and bm just running out of me. I’m seeing a new gastroenternologist in a few weeks.


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