Sunday, July 13, 2014

STWM: Training Diary Week 3

SUNDAY:  Five miles - done!  It wasn't easy though.  I headed out at around 630am to avoid the heat, bright eyed and bushy tailed.  Despite not drinking anything for the hour before I left and going to the bathroom right before I walked out the door, within half an hour my bladder was bursting. I struggled with what to do - do I go off my planned route and hit the McD's a few blocks out of my way or try and see if any of the University buildings are open and I can sneak in to one of their much cleaner bathrooms?  I opted for number 2 (no pun intended).  Twenty minutes later I was on campus and trying doors to a number of buildings along Saskatchewan drive  No luck.  Argh.  The pressure on my bladder increased.  If all else failed and there was NO indoor bathroom option/outhouse, nature would accommodate.  However, the traffic (both pedestrian and vehicle) along Saskatchewan Drive was increasing and the woods along the river valley side were dark and promised to be home to any number of creepy crawlies.  I struggled onwards.


Emily Murphy saved my life.
I'd made it this far, I figured I could make it to the porta-potties at Government House Park if I absolutely had to without doing too much irreparable damage to my bladder.  And then it hit me - Emily Murphy Park.  For the past few years, we've held a work picnic in the park and they have indoor bathrooms!  Oh dear god, please let them be open.  Instantly, my bladder took this new hope as a sign that it was going to give up.  I practically threw myself down the hill with little caution or concern to my own personal safety.  "Please be open! Please be open" was my mantra as I winded my way towards the building.  Off to my right was a sign with the park hours.  I couldn't tell if it said the park opened at 6 or 8 there was so much sweat in my eyes.  As I got closer, I did a little skip of joy - it opens at 5!   I was so excited I stopped to take a picture of the park's namesake.  Yes, bladder be damned.  It didn't take long though before the urge reminded me of why I was there in the first place!  I rushed to the building and ... it was open!  Heavens rejoice!  I took a good five minutes to do my business, and take advantage of the running water to wash my face.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

The rest of my walk was fairly uneventful - the number of runners, walkers and cyclists increased and I was so happy, I said hello and good morning to everyone.  By the time I got home, my hips/butt muscles were in full rebellion however and I barely managed to throw myself onto the couch without crying out.  Who knew have a mile would have made such a difference?  My lower back was also sore (its hard not to clench when you have to wee!) so I begged Mommikins to remove my compression socks.  Its hard to complain though when the views on my walk are like this.

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY/FRIDAY:  No training.  There was still a good deal of complaining muscles on Tuesday so I passed on walking or running.  On Wednesday, it was way too freaking hot again.  Things cooled off on Thursday and I had plans to hop on the treadmill when I got home but... I was already a lazy pants and figured one more day won't matter!  Plus the weather had cooled off dramatically.  This normally would have been the perfect day then to train.  However, I hadn't slept well for the past few nights and the cool weather was a big "SLEEP NOW" sign to my body.  I think I was in bed by 7PM on Thursday night.  Friday?  Heat returned. Blech.

Next week will be better... although its supposed to be wicked hot again. Damn.

2 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I like to work out early in the morning too and have a similar problem with needing pee breaks. And of course if I've been drinking coffee beforehand, the the urgency escalates!

Crystal Rhyno said...

Nice job on the run! I like to plan routes with stores with washrooms! Ha ha I