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What to do with a "Number 2"

Alan99 profile image
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Oh my days. What a nightmare ........

I am around half way through my consolidation run this morning wondering why it was proving to be more of a challenge than usual when I am suddenly overcome with the need to take a poop.

I have no idea what to do. I am now about 2kms from home. I decide the best course of action is to head back the shortest possible route and try to ride out the storm.

Holey Moley. Stomach pains were incredible as I ran at lightening speed, butt clenched with every second fearing the inevitable.

Some of the usual faces I pass on my route were looking in astonishment as I went past in a blur.

Through the front door, headband off, glasses on, to the bathroom......... and nothing. WHAT!!!!!!

At least Strava had a good laugh at my expense and so awarded me 10 achievement medals including PR for 1 mile, 1k, 400m. Sadly only silver for 2 mile 🀣🀣🀣🀣

Seriously though. What a horrible feeling being "caught short" dreading the worst case scenario. What is one supposed to do?


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Oh dear! It seems your body was having a laugh at your expense! I must admit to preferring evening running to prevent this very thing. Hopefully it was a one off!

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Alan99Graduate in reply to Devon_straggler


First time that's happened.

A key learning point is maybe dont scoff my face with chow mein and sweet n sour chicken balls the night before a run 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

Never again LMAO.

I count myself lucky this hasn't happened to me 🀞🏼. Well done on all the PRs 🀣🀣🀣

Alan99 profile image
Alan99Graduate in reply to DylanTheRabbit


I doubt I will beat those PRs. I was like Mr Usain Bolt in his prime 🀣🀣🀣

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DylanTheRabbitGraduate in reply to Alan99

My partner set some unbeatable PRs when he went past the football stadium in his running tights as it was emptying out 😁

Frenc profile image

Oh dear! And how frustrating there was nothing doing when you got home πŸ˜†. But well done on all those medals πŸŽ–. I try to remember to carry some loo roll with me just in case, but where I’d hide without getting arrested remains to be seen. 😊😊😊

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Alan99Graduate in reply to Frenc

The party in the bathroom started 5 minutes later 🀣

As you said Frenc i did think about "doing it" wild but had no loo roll and the people in the houses which line the path would probably disapprove 🀣

Neither did I have the courage to go door knocking at 6am 😯

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FrencGraduate in reply to Alan99


Frizzbomb67 profile image

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ great post. Sorry I have no advice but your post made me chuckle. Sorry for laughing at such a tricky situation πŸ˜‰

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Alan99Graduate in reply to Frizzbomb67

Its all about sharing experiences 🀣🀣🀣

Maybe I should think about getting a rucksack and portable potty!!!

HeavyFoot profile image

β€’β€’it happens πŸ™€

GoGo_JoJo profile image

πŸ’© most definitely happens. Welcome to the runners problematic world! πŸ™ˆπŸ€£

Few tips;

If your hydration is on point you should find that you become more regular as running really encourages everything to work its way through.

Get into the habit if you can of attempting to go, more than once if needed, before you leave home. Start mentally preparing your body from the minute you rise "we're going running in x minutes, now is the time!" The idea is to train your body to respond to simply pulling on running gear at any time to dump any excess loads!

If you can't "go" before leaving do not drink coffee or tea before your run or this will more likely work it's laxative effects at completely the wrong time! πŸ™ˆπŸ€£

Always carry tissue or wet wipes (and potentially a bin bag) in case you do get caught short!! πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸ»

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Alan99Graduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

"Dump any excess loads". I'm laughing so much I need to go 🀣 πŸ˜‚

You are right of course. I'm usually regular as clockwork. Not today though!!! And clearly the different brand of tea had a delaying laxative effect 🀣🀣

Its hilarious now but quite terrifying at the time when you think a brown trail is going to lead to your doorstep πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ

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GoGo_JoJoModerator in reply to Alan99

It certainly is, I've been there more than once!! My body is now pretty good, as soon as the run gear goes on the warnings sound! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ€£

It was probably more the out of the norm meal that did it too!

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Alan99Graduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Yes, I believe so too.Serves me right for mopping up the sweet n sour after my chow mein.

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Purplefiona in reply to Alan99

β€œExcess load” LOL

Rennur profile image

Yes. Make sure you have gone to the loo before you start out. I often find I need to go after my dynamic warm ups as well as it gets things moving! I think anyone can get caught out. Even Paula Radcliffe suffered in this way - and on TV!!!

amisfit profile image

Without going into any detail I had the same problem a few weeks ago. I was around 20 mins away slow jogging and glad I left the back door open. I only eat bland food so I was surprised. I have been out a number of times since and feel fine. I blame it on meds I have to take but not sure if strictly fair.

Wow what a story !!! I’m so sorry your bowels did this to you. The anti-poop medication called loperamide works very fast so if this happened a lot you could perhaps carry an emergency dose of that with you ? Or maybe it was nerves of some kind ? Hopefully a one off !!

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