Tempoop Tuesday

Hello! I woke up at 4:30am this morning because I was a little nervous about boot camp today. I’m slowly starting to take over the group and was in charge of a 15 minute dynamic warm up. I’m okay working with a group because I used to coach cheerleading, but I could yell at them so it was easier Winking smile 

Okay, not exactly but I was nervous! I made coffee to take with me but I don’t have a travel mug?!?! What a bust.

By the time I got home I had been awake too long to wait until after my run to eat. I made an egg scramble and toast (unpictured naner with PB).IMG_3072 (800x600)

And a big side of hot coffee to warm my cold heart bones. IMG_3071 (800x600)

I let the food settle for 30 minutes and went for a tempo run. IMG_3073 (800x600)

My goal was 1 mile warm up/cool down and 4 miles of tempo at a sub 8 minute pace. Well, that was a very very ambitious goal and I averaged 8:37 for the whole thing. I’ll take it, but I need to keep working.

  • Mile 1: 8:56
  • Mile 2: 8:29
  • Mile 3: 8:40 (walk break here – the way out is uphill a bit)
  • Mile 4: 8:10
  • Mile 5: 8:19
  • Mile 6: 9:05
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During my cool down mile I suddenly had to go to the bathroom. I can’t decide if it’s better to stop and walk (less upsetting to your stomach) OR run home faster (get to the restroom!).



  1. says

    I usually run. FAST. when I have that problem!! Lol. You’re going to teach boot camp? That sounds fun. I felt like I was doing that when I got roped into teaching high school P.E. for a year!! I had my whistle and I used it LIBERALLY!

  2. Lindsay @ Running the Windy City says

    Hah I always run home when that happens. Even if it feels worse at the time, I know I’ll get home sooner than if I walked!

  3. says

    This has happened to me many times. I have learned that I have to leave at least an hour and a half between my meal and my run or i’ll be in big trouble. I usually have to stop and walk. I always make sure I know where the porta potties are for after races lol

  4. says

    I ALWAYS keep running, but slower. This doesn’t seem to happen to me as much any more, but back when I started running I dreaded tempo runs because I felt the absolute worst after every one. Not a good feeling!

  5. says

    No thoughts, but that Natalie Dee is my fave. My hubs and I actually yell it out when we are done in the bathroom to each other (yea, we live alone, and we’re not right). Thanks for the poo humor!

  6. says

    OH MAN! I hear about this all the time. I am not an avid runner just yet so I haven’t experienced that… maybe number 1 but I think that is a little less embarrassing. I think I would just try to walk slowly.

  7. says

    Wow more power to you if you can run fast to your potty… Soon as my rumblies start, I can hardly take one more step for fear of explosion. Squeeze dem cheeks girl!

  8. Kary says

    Yeah, I was going to comment about running a tempo run so soon after eating. I’d be needing a bathroom a lot sooner. As far as the decision to make, it would depend, but I think I’d walk until I found the quickest bathroom. Running tends to speed up the process!

    I can totally relate to the 4:30 time. I have to get up at 4:00 to teach a 5:00 bootcamp class. Got to love those early risers!

  9. says

    I have this problem all the time. I honestly wish I didn’t. Even on an empty stomach in the morning. So I have learned to make adjustments – run on a path that has restrooms or a loop that bypasses my house. However, sometimes i just have to find a bush (so i often carry tissue in my pocket too). Yes, gross, but unfortunately a reality.

  10. says

    I never really know what to do in that situation! Running faster makes in hurt more, but slowing down makes the bathroom that much further away. It’s such a toss up!

    I have to do a tempo run tomorrow. Yeah! 😛

  11. says

    I typically have to walk, but run as fast and as much as I can. Ugh!! I’ve made sweat soaked pit stops at gas station and fast food places before in emergency situations. At least I’m so relieved I didn’t poop myself, I could care less about the weird looks!

  12. says

    I’d definitely run home faster, but that’s because there are no “good” places to stop where I run.

    8:37 is a great pace to hold for 4 miles. Can’t wait to get back to full on training. I never did speed workouts, but think I need to if I’m going to get faster. Bummer.

  13. Christi says

    I end up finding a spot that I can hide behind the baby jogger and poop. Ugh, thank god my son is only 7 months old and hopefully won’t remember it.

  14. says

    Luckily, I’ve only experienced this phenomenon once. I had to alternate fast walking and shuffling for the last 1/3 of a mile! I thought about calling home to “reserve” the bathroom but figured that was silly. It was less silly when I got home to an occupied bathroom. I paced for 4 long minutes, next time I’ll call!

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