Listen, you all know that my training is going pretty well (knock on wood) and I'm feeling confident and ready for my goal race... but, I'd be lying if I didn't let you in on a little secret: I'm pretty fucking scared of getting the shits during the race.
I've gone through phases where I've had GI issues and I've gone through phases where I haven't. Just when I think I've got things completely under control... BOOM, I DNF thanks to a severe case of the shits. Over the summer I eliminated some things in my diet that I thought might be causing the problems (flax seeds and chia seeds mainly), I researched whether maybe I'd become more sensitive to lactose or gluten. In general... I don't really have a problem. EXCEPT WHEN I DO. That's the frustrating part.
Add to that fact, that when I get nervous, my stomach goes into an atomic rage (as a kid, I could never play hide and go seek, because when I would hide, I would get so nervous from the anticipation of being found and I'd have to go to the bathroom. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?).
I can only do what I can do... but, I'm going to at least try to come up with a plan that will hopefully help keep my bowels from trying to explode on race morning. (Nice visual, eh?). And I am going to use these last two long runs as "dry runs."
Dry Run #1:
- I am running 17-18 miles on Sunday morning. I am going to start at precisely 7am (the race starts at 7 on a Sunday morning).
- Lunch the day before: I am going to test out having pizza as an EARLY lunch. Pizza is a bit of a nostalgic good luck thing for me. Although, I think it's too heavy and dairy-laden to have for dinner anymore. I think having it around Noon the day before should be fine. I will also probably have a package of Peanut M&Ms as a snack in the middle of the afternoon.
- Dinner the night before: Regular pasta with spaghetti sauce and some bread. Not too much. Just a smallish portion of pasta and sauce. And I'd like to be done with my dinner BEFORE 7pm. (I'm banking on the fact that there has to be like an Olive Garden or somewhere else that will have simple spaghetti and sauce in Birmingham).
- Wake up on Sunday morning at 4:30 am. Immediately eat half of an english muffin and a pop tart. I am also going to experiment with coffee. I've never had coffee before a morning run, BUT, I hear it can umm... clean you out?
- Fueling on the run. I am going to try to figure out a good schedule for taking shotblox. Every half hour? And, The KoB suggested that I give a 5 Hour Energy Shot a try on one of these practice runs. I've tried it once before a run and felt nothing, but, I'm going to give it a try during the run this time.
- I think I've decided that I'm going to carry a handheld for the race. Being able to take tiny sips as much as I want works out better for my stomach than stopping at a water stop and wanting to down a whole cup of water/gatorade. Also, this way I can pop a shotblox whenever I want and not just when I'm coming up on a water station.
Here's hoping that it goes well this weekend!