Should I put a root vegetable down my shorts in future?

A diary of my first run after over ten years of blissful inactivity …

First run 6/4/11 Aberdeen
100 metres in – Hey, this feels great! I’m flying! I’m Linford Christie, I’m Roger Black, I’m Paula Radcliffe! Why did I ever give this up?
200 metres in – Is that a stitch coming on?
300 metres in – It’s definitely a stitch.
400 metres in – Is this what ‘hitting the wall’ feels like?
500 metres in – Is this what dying feels like? I think my lung just collapsed.
1 mile in – Have I reached the point where I lose bowel control yet?
2 miles in – Wondering how far you have to run before you do poop.
2.5 miles in – Does everyone who runs for a prolonged period of time soil themselves? There is just no way Gebreselassie ever crapped himself. Maybe I’m one of the fortunate few who can control their sphincters during intense exercise.
3.2 miles in – A woman I just passed on the street stared lingeringly and deliberately at my crotch. Note to self: wear longer shorts or conceal some kind of root vegetable inside current pair.
3.6 miles in and I’m home – feeling ethereal, if sweaty.

Route map of my first run


4 thoughts on “Should I put a root vegetable down my shorts in future?

  1. Ha ha, thanks. I have to say that there was a fair amount of stopping and panting and bending over along the way. I used to run a lot when I was younger so I stupidly assumed that I could easily trot down to the beach and back. Out of interest (under normal circumstances I would never ask this type of question) have you ever had any bowel issues when running? Does it only happen if you run really far?

    • I am happy to report that I haven’t had any bowel issues while running though I have to admit that I haven’t run for more than 5k (what is that in miles?), so I cannot say I have tested your theory. Will let you know once I start running longer distances 🙂

  2. 5k is about 3 miles, I think you need to be running for at least 20 miles before you start to, um, leak. I plan to never get to the point of no return unless I’m equipped with a nappy (diaper in ‘merican parlance). I wonder if any marathon runners take such measures …

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