Must’ve Been Something I Ate
I’d planned this week with an eye on the weather forecast, which was for a rainy second half of the week. So I knew that today’s run was going to be wet and windy.
To compensate for this, I dressed like it was winter - a cheap tri-suit as a base layer, track pants, breathable T-shirt, and a waterproof top layer. I also planned my route once I’d checked out which way the wind was blowing, and headed out into the wind, so that for the return I’d be getting a bit of a helping hand.
Actually I quite like running in the rain. Or snow, sleet, fog, or even hail. It’s only long hot summer days that seem to give me a problem, as I have mild hay fever.
Anyway, the first half of the run went pretty well, although I was getting some mild stomache cramps toward the end. The tide was out, so I continued over the causeway to St Mary’s Lighthouse, where I recorded a short message:
If talk of bodily functions offends you, stop reading NOW.
About a mile into the return journey, which should have been a lot easier, I started to get really bad cramps. The sort of cramps that mean you have to find a public convenience really soon.
The trouble was that at this time of morning, the man from the council hadn’t been around to unlock either of the two that were on the route. And dressed as I was (remember that tri suit as a base layer?), I’d have to get pretty much naked to ‘deal with the situation’ behind a bush. And although it was early in the morning, it wasn’t that early - there were rather too many people out and about walking their dogs.
Desperate situations require desperate solutions. I had no other choice - it was either keep running & earn the nickname ‘Stinky Karl’, or stop running, and walk the last 1.5 miles home, with a furrow of concentration on my brow. I took the second option, and it’s the first time I’ve ever not completed a run.
I’m feeling much better now, but this was not an experience I want to repeat. I’ve either picked up some sort of a bug, or there’s something I’m eating that’s just not agreeing with me. Wife thinks it may be too many bananas, peanut butter & brown bread. She may have a point.
- Type: Run
- Date: 06/13/2007
- Time: 01:18:39
- Total Time: 00:56:00.00
- Distance: 5.8 miles
- Average Pace: 9:39.71/mile