Phantom Poop

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Is it just me or does anyone else suffer from the Phantom Poop when you are out for a run? It hasn’t happened to me for a long time, but then I haven’t really been doing that much running recently, but today the Phantom Poop decided to rear it’s little head while I was out for my morning run.

According to my training plan, I should have run yesterday, and had every intention of doing so, with some slight C25K tweaking for the purposes of parkrun. But it didn’t happen. I woke up with a bit of a dodgy stomach on account of eating too much fruit on Friday – not that I’m particularly into healthy eating, but fruit takes zero preparation and I couldn’t be bothered to cook.

Anyway, this morning my stomach seemed to be back to normal so I headed down to the seafront for the session that I should have done yesterday. I wasn’t going to worry about doing 5K though. As long as I got four five minute running segments in with my 5:2 ratio, I would be happy – I also needed to do an Insanity workout today to stay on track so I didn’t want to over do it this morning.

So, I headed off at a nice slow pace, enjoying the early morning peace, quiet and sunshine of the promenade. But after about three minutes I started to feel the need to go to the toilet. It wasn’t urgent but it was definitely there, so I decided I’d hold on and see how it went. I pass the public toilets twice on my route so I could pop in then if I had to. It wouldn’t be a problem.

After the first five minutes of running, the need to go seemed to pass, but once I started running again it came back. Fortunately, I finished my second running section just as I was approaching the toilets so I decided to pause the Garmin and sort it out.

Needless to say, however, now that I wasn’t running I didn’t feel the need to go any more so I decided to carry on and ignore it.

Thankfully, other than a bit of minor discomfort, the run itself was fairly uneventful and I finished the final running section at 3.6K in just over 25 minutes. And I made it home without incident for a nice strong post-run coffee in my favourite morning coffee mug – Turtle Power indeed!*

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*Sorry, but I couldn’t resist that one.

How’s your training going? Have you encountered the Phantom Poop on your morning run… or is it really just me? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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13 responses to “Phantom Poop”

  1. CeeJayKay says :

    Haaahahaaaha!!! Farrrr too much information 😆

  2. saulbee says :

    Love the joke. One day I shall own a tortoise and I shall name him head!
    In other news, yup phantom poop on long runs, and the farts. Most scary is a combination of the two.

  3. mohawkvalleygirl says :

    YES, I have had this problem! I have narrated about it in my head as I ran but never quite wanted to put it in the blog post. I have no public facilities on my usual route, but once a miraculous porta-potty at a construction site came to my rescue with a pee issue (that one I wrote a blog post about). Just to tell you more than you wanted to know, once it was not phantom but I luckily made it home and to the toilet in time!

    • theblogrunner says :

      Ha ha! Not just me then…. The worst bit is trying to figure a pace that will get you home in time without making matters worse! Luckily I made it home safely that time too. 😉

  4. Kerrie says :

    Just to say, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster https://kerrieisrunning.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/that-leibster-award/

    And yeah I know that feeling….apparently its common with runners…apparently…

    • theblogrunner says :

      HaHa! Apparently…? Well, at least I know it’s not just me. 😉
      And thank you for the Liebster. I’ll drop by and pick it up shortly 🙂 x

      • Kerrie says :

        Yeah apparently haha. According to some long runs (actual running not toilet runs haha, sorry!!) The body does many things and as a reaction, we poo.

      • theblogrunner says :

        Hmm… So because I felt like I was doing a long run (even though it was less than 4K), I also felt like I was having ‘long runs’ (but it was just the Phantom)? All makes perfect sense sense now. 😉

      • Kerrie says :

        Haha yeah its not making sense now haha.

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