My daughter, 16 yrs old, runs x-country for her highschool. Sometimes she urinates when she is running a meet, which is of course when she runs her hardest. She runs about a 22 to 23 minute 3.1 mile race right now and is striving to make it faster. She is a little embarassed about this, so I was wondering if this is normal for girl runners when they are giving it their all. Thanks for your input, Cinda
My daughter also runs cross-country. While she doesn't seem to have this problem, I'd say at least half the team does, based on the number of Depends handed out as joke awards at the end of the year, and the number of discussions I've heard about the best color of shorts for your uniform - (black is preferred and light colors are NOT).
If it really upsets her, you could have her start doing Kegel exercises (squeezing the muscles down there - try it while urinating to stop/start the flow to get the right muscle group). About fifty, done several times a day, may help with this (no guarantees though).
This doesn't answer your question about whether or not this is normal but my friend who ran x-country told me her coach told the girls to wear panty liners in their shorts. I've never tried it but she swears it works.
My daughter's cross-country coach laughed a lot when I told her about your question. It is very common and most XC runners are not embarrassed about it. Emptying the bladder as much as possible before running helps, so the volume isn't too much for a menstrual pad (ultra-thin ones are easier to run in than thick ones that are designed for incontinence).
I used to have that problem too. Its probably pretty common. When I got nervouse before the race I would have to go bad. I think the panty liner thing is a good idea.