Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Why run?

So far as I can tell, running is the least sexy sport ever.  It's hot.  It's sweaty.  There are bugs all over the place.  And then, there's the tummy trouble.

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Until just recently, I'd had very few issues with runner's tummy.  I figured I was just lucky, and that wasn't going to be an issue for me.  Boy, was I wrong.  The first time your tummy starts dancing the meringue halfway through a run when the nearest restroom is over a mile away is an experience I will never forget.  And there's that certain grudging acceptance that you're going to have to walk part of the way there if you want to make it successfully.

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It really begs the question of why people run.  I know all of the crap about how it burns 100+ calories every mile for the average woman, and it really does tone up your legs in a big way quickly.  But neither of those are good enough reasons for me.  So after dragging my Latin dancing rumbly tummy home, I realized why people run.  Despite all of that, running generally makes me feel pretty good about myself, in the "I just survived something terrible" sort of way.  I don't get runner's high yet, but at the end of every run, I feel accomplished.  And for now, knowing that is hopefully enough to get me through tummy trouble.  Let's hope.  It could be a long summer otherwise.

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For all of you runners out there:  Why do you run?  How do you handle tummy issues?

12 comments:

  1. I don't really have the tummy issue, but I can tell you why I run.
    1. Love competition
    2. love the time i get to think
    3. knowing im doing something healthy
    4. the sound of my shoes hitting the pavement
    5. the fact that though we are a large group, we are still smaller than the amount of people who don't work out..so sense of pride
    6. accomplishing it
    7. winning medals
    8. trying to reach a PR (personal record/goal)
    9. pushing your body to its limits
    10. its fun.

    haha...sorry i wrote a novel, I felt very passionate about the topic.

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  2. I haven't had any of the tummy troubles, thank goodness! I've just started my running journey, so I'm sure my day will come. :) The leg cramps and shin splints that I've experienced today have been the worst of it so far. I love the sense of accomplishment that I feel after a run though. And I'm on the road to doing something that not everyone attempts in their life. So, for those reasons, I continue. Don't know if you've seen my blog yet. It's only a week old, but I'd love some encouragement from a veteran runner like yourself. www.trippingovermyshoelaces.blogspot.com

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  3. How about why I DON'T run?:)
    But maybe the tummy trouble has to do with the smoothies?
    I tried a smoothie for breakfast this morning (no protien powder though) and Oh.My.Goodness...the bathroom has been my friend all day - lol!
    But you know what,
    YOU GO GIRL with your runnin' butt!
    I'm proud of ya!

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  4. I hate running. I'm actually not really supposed to do it, either, which makes my life pretty easy.
    When I used to run, I'd get runner's tummy if I had anything citrus-y or dairy beforehand. Just have a slice of whole wheat toast w/ peanut butter on it, and drink plenty of water regularly, and that should improve it quite a bit.

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  5. I wish I had something brilliant to write like Riana up there.
    I run because Sherman makes me run. Period.
    BUT, I do enjoy it. And I always feel better at the end. So, I think my question is, why not run?

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  6. I wish I had something brilliant to write like Riana up there.
    I run because Sherman makes me run. Period.
    BUT, I do enjoy it. And I always feel better at the end. So, I think my question is, why not run?

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  7. Well, well, well..

    I don't run because I avoid diarrhea at all costs. ta da! Worst comment ever? it's possible.

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  8. Kristen I think we should bond and run together and then crap our pants together. I have no shame and it will make you feel much better knowing someone did it first.

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  9. i run because i actually LIKE having diarrea in my runn-y undies.

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  10. I run because the thought of running makes me want to crap so I mainly just run to the toilet. It's cyclical, really.

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  11. I run because for some reason I have dreams of being a marathon runner. I agree with you that bubbly tummy is no fun, but the thought of accomplishing that goal is pretty awesome! =)

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  12. Let's see...I RUN because...ok, ok, I don't run. Lol
    Great post.

    Peace!....with 2 fingers;)

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