Is It Ever TMI???

Runners are a unique group. We have this unseen running connection that makes it completely appropriate to vent about things you’d never talk to a “normal” human being about. “Normal” people seem to talk about relationships and sex, kids, drinking and the weekend, how much they hate their job, etc…  and it’s often negative.  Runners talk about drinking and how many calories they’re burning, how glad they are that they finished work and “get to” go for a run, how they juggle family life and running, how much better they feel, and every bodily function except sex and it tends to almost always be a positive conversation.  Bodily functions are high on that list.  Very high.  Even if you just met 5 minutes ago.  Which is why – although I”m reluctant since I’m writing this instead of talking while running – I’m going to spill.  HAHAHA!!!  That’s funny!!!

Hot topics??  Needing to pee or having a GI issue.  Sweet!!  On my team, Amber wins the GI problem trophy with Sam and Jason a close second.  I’m thankful that I’ve never actually had a BIG issue with that.  Peeing, Tara wins hands down  – that girl needs to pee constantly and I’m all good with acting as her cover.  That one I can relate to as years ago I couldn’t make it a mile without having to pee and now I can usually get through a half marathon without stopping.  With a history of needing to go I do still scope out the porta-potties.  Gas??  Everybody farts, get over it.  If you can fart while running without peeing your pants??  You, my friend, are my hero.

Moving on….  HAHAHA!!!  To hemorrhoids.  With all my pregnancies (7), babies, surgeries for those babies, hysterectomy and running for years (this is not an uncommon issue for us runners) you’d think I’d have dealt with this issue before.  Nope.  Not until about 2 years ago and at that point is was more of a “hello, just letting you know there’s sensitivity back here!”.  With a gentler wipe and some ointment it was gone.  Then about 6 months ago, they came.  They set up camp.  They stayed.  They flared up.  I was miserable.  Like, wake up at 4am and seriously consider finding an all night drug store and buy out the entire section of ‘roid meds kind of miserable.  Which I did the next morning at a decent hour.

Other info: I had always taken Psyllium Husk tablets at night to make sure my fiber intake is adequate.  I had never had an issue.  For years it worked like a charm but I was realizing that maybe since my diet is so good, it’s more than I needed.  I ended up getting prescription suppositories for the ‘roids which, thankfully, got the problem under control and at the same time I discontinued the use of Psyllium.  My GI tract seemed to still work without a hitch and I enjoyed my butt feeling normal again, bowels doing well, running like a champ!!  Yay me!!!

In the meantime, meanwhile back at the ranch so to speak….  My skin was beautiful until about ten years ago when I started having “adult acne breakouts”.  Now, if you know me, you know I’m vain – in a “it’s my responsibility to take care of myself” sort of way.  I use good skin care products and I’m religious about applying lotion, etc…  So what’s the deal??!!!  It embarrasses me so much I’d seriously not go anywhere if it was possible.  If you see me out running without makeup and a big zit (or ten) just know it took a lot to get me out there.  My embarrassment might not make sense to someone else, but it’s devastating to me.  Working in the beauty industry doesn’t help.  But yet maybe working in the beauty industry can help….  One of the women I work with is an aesthetician so I broke down (almost literally) and asked her what to do.  She took one look at me and said, “It’s digestion.  Your breakouts are classic of someone who’s digestion isn’t working well”.  WHAT???  Within two months of my super ‘roid flareup from hell??  Huh.  Go figure.  She told me to take digestive enzymes with every meal and L-glutamine at least once a day (which is good for us athletes as well).

Digestive enzymes aid in the absorption of nutrients and assist in the breaking down of the food particles you eat. This process allows the food that you eat to be used as energy, to support the building of new muscle and nerve cells, as well as protecting your blood from toxins. Inadequate enzyme production can lead to digestive discomfort, gas, bloating, low energy and allergy-like reactions to food.  Really???  So I got some.

It’s interesting to me how our bodies are so connected.  I’ve always believed that’s true.  I generally use a naturopathic physician and want to exhaust all natural options before seeking medical options, but our bodies are really, really connected.  My issue with my skin breaking out and my hemorrhoids were absolutely connected.  After 2 weeks of using the digestive enzymes, my skin looks and feels SO much better and my GI tract feels better as well.  It never felt bad, but now I feel so much better.  I don’t think I’m even sure how to describe how much better I feel – just little, minor, nagging issues are gone.

I guess my point is to have those conversations with your TMI running friends (which is how I found out about prescription suppositories), talk about what’s going on with those who can relate, pay attention to your body and remember that everything is connected.  I suppose TMI isn’t always a bad thing….

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