Tips #15 — Poop Before You Run

running-advice-bugI wrote an article a couple of weeks ago in which I gave 15 pieces of advice. I’m working my way through the list to explain where those pieces of sage information came from. This week’s tip was pulled, well, right out of my butt.

Tip #15 and 14: Poop before you run. You don’t want to risk pooping in your shorts during a race. THIS BEARS REPEATING.

Poop before you run. If you poop in your shorts, you risk being called “Shit Pants” and getting Depends for your birthday for the rest of your life.

There’s a serious issue here. Runners, and marathon runners in particular, are prone to needing to expel any mass in their bowels when they’re running. The reason is all that jiggling and bumping up and down. But (not pun intended) once the need to let it lose happens then they may find themselves in trouble for a couple of reasons. First, there may not be any place to place your deposit. Second, they may wait too long for fear of losing time on the clock and thinking they can “make it” to the finish. And third, they may start being overwhelmed by fatigue to the point that they can’t (or don’t) hold it in anymore.

On top of that, still being sort of serious, if diarrhea starts to creep into the picture the situation gets even worse. Runner’s Diarrhea is a real problem (click to read our two–part series). As dehydration sets in, diarrhea can really take off. (We even did a video in our series on this issue called “The Runs on the Run“.) The presence of liquid in stool makes it really hard (no pun intended) to keep in its place.
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Video — Running in Extreme Conditions (Episode 3-36)

running-advice-bugIt’s been awhile since we’ve published a new video here on Running-Advice.com. We’ve been on hiatus. But low and behold, we found a lost episode from last summer that we thought you might enjoy. Here’s are Coaches Joe and Dean talking about racing in heat, humidity, cold and other extreme conditions.

On this week’s episode:
– Should you run or race in extreme conditions?
– What are the dangers of extreme weather conditions?
– How can you prepare for a race in extreme conditions?
– Are you crazy for racing in extreme conditions?

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Video — Age Graded Performances In Running (Episode 3-35)

running-advice-bugCoaches Joe and Dean are back to the banter about running and they’ve got a good topic this week: age grading of performances. Do you bristle at the charge that you are “fast for your age”? If so, then listen up.

On the show this week:
– What are age graded performance tables?
– How does age grading work for runners?
– What is the importance of age grading?
– Do you have to buy into age grading?

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Video — Dealing with Funky Work Schedules (Episode 3-34)

running-advice-bugCoaches Joe and Dean are back again with more topics about marathon running. This week the two coaches, looking scruffy than ever we might add, are sitting in Scottsdale Arizona in the heat of the summer talking about wonky work schedules. What to do if one week you have all the time in the world and the next you are working four 12-hour shifts. We look today at dealing with work schedules that giveth and taketh away in alternating weeks.

On this week’s episode:
– How can you adjust training schedules when work schedules are not consistent from week to week?
– What are the important considerations for workouts in weeks when you have too much going on to get in all of your workouts?
– Which workouts are key in “down” weeks when you don’t have much time for training?
– How can you avoid over-training in weeks when you have lots of time on your hands?

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Video — Running Couples (Episode 3-33)

running-advice-bugLet’s just say you’re a couple and you both run. Or perhaps you both doing Ironman Triathlons or Ultramarathons. Can it work? What might you consider in supporting one another.

This week Coaches Joe and Dean put couples on the couch and we look at how to make it work when you’re a couple that runs.

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Video — One Second (Episode 3-22)

running-advice-bugDoes one second really matter? Does it make a difference in how you feel about a performance? It might not seem so, but today we look at how just one measly second might make a huge difference — between a PR and not; between qualifying for Boston or not; between glory and second place.

Coaches Joe and Dean are back in Scottsdale talking about marathon running and running related topics. On this episode:
– Can one second make difference in how you feel about your time?
– Where do those seconds come from?
– How can we think about this topic to better understand the impact of that one second on our performances?

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Video — Selecting Your Running Event and Distance (Episode 3-31)

running-advice-bugCoaches Joe and Dean shot this episode on location at the World Master’s Track and Field (Athletics) competition in Sacramento. The topic of conversation turns to picking your event. Is it always good to just go longer or are there other challenges out there? Maybe you’re a sprinter or should try something like the Steeplechase? This week we talk about picking a discipline that will work for you.

On this week’s show:
– Choosing a running distance that works for you.
– Does it have to be longer to be harder?
– What considerations should go into picking your distance?
– BONUS: Why is Coach Joe obessed with lumberjacks this week?

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Video — Trying Out Track and Field (Episode 3-30)

running-advice-bugIn this week’s episode, Coaches Joe and Dean were still at the World Masters Athletics competition and we continued our discussion of track and field. We consider this week whether you might like to try out a track meet, an international competition or a master’s track event. It’s fun and somewhat addictive, so listening in as we talk about why.

On this week’s show:
-How are track meets the same and different from other running events?
– What should you know before you enter a track event?
– What different types of events and levels of competition are available to adults?

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Video — Freak Out Workouts (Episode 3-28)

running-advice-bugWe’re back and this week we’re talking about something near and dear to Coach Joe’s heart. It’s what I call the “Freak Out Workout”. These are the workouts that strike fear into the hearts of runners. “Coach Dean’s Mile of Death”, the “1,500 time trial”, and the dreaded 30/30. Why are some of these workouts so hard? Are they really harder or is it just in our heads. Join us for the discussion.

On this week’s episode:
– Why do some workouts give us the freak outs?
– What makes some workouts mentally more challenging than others?
-What can we do to get over the “freak out”?

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Video — Good Days & Bad Days (Episode 3-27)

running-advice-bugAs runners we all have good days and bad days. The thing with bad days is that they often catch us by surprise. After a string of great workouts, we may out of the blue have a day that just frankly sucks. Why is that? That’s our topic today on the show.

On this week’s episode:
– What causes runners to have bad days?
-What constitutesa bad day from the perspective of the rest of your training?
– What can we do to deal with bad days?
– How do we get back to the good days?

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