Time: 80 Minutes
Distance: 9.0 KM
After taking Saturday off due to a severe ache in my knee, nothing was going to stop me yesterday. I went to the chemist and bought a knee brace thing and took some ibuprofen to lower any swelling. So as I stepped onto the street yesterday to take on my 9.0km circuit run, I felt pretty darn good. It wasn't until about 3km into it that it happened. A sudden and intense pain ran through my side, just below my awesome muscle bound gut(some of this may be a lie). Now as someone who suffers IBS when stressed, I thought maybe it was just the culmination of the stress of my PhD building and deciding to show itself.
But as I ran along and the pain got slightly more uncomfortable, I realised something... something gross. I hadn't been to the bathroom all day and my body was letting me know.
Unfortunately, the rest of the run turned into a bloody slow walk, if not for the simple reason that I several km from home and there were no toilets inbetween. But as I waddled along- it opened up a wide world of questions to me.
A marathon takes around 4-5 hours to run. Now in that time, surely most people need to hit the bathroom. So what do you do? Likewise, does a marathon runner have to regulate themselves so they go to the bathroom exactly 30 minutes before a run so they don't have to worry about it. The more I run on the road, the more I am looking forward to taking part in a marathon, but I am now starting to question all of these little things that I find arising during my daily runs. Chafing, toilets, iphone battery, rain, wind, pebbles in the shoe... they are all problems that have come up over the last few months but what if they come up in a competitive race??? Hmmmmm...
Now I was going to complete my 3rd run around the circuit today as I am testing out 3 different running applications and wanted to review them. But that is now on hold. You see about 10-15 minutes from where I live, a family have lost their beloved dog. Now people keep bumping into the dog and only telling them afterwards so this dog is still on the run after a week or two. This makes me sad. So for atleast today, I am going to drive down there and run along a park he has been spotted at in hopes of finding him. Fingers crossed.... I'll report back later on. But if you live near Marrickville in Sydney, search for Find Nacho in facebook and help search for him.