I have my first 5k on Saturday and I'm really looking forward to it except for one thing...what if my tummy decides that it's time for me to "go" and I'm in the middle of the race?? My race is at 7pm. I have been training in the mornings and it's very rare that I get through the whole run w/o having to get off the treadmill and go. I know, TMI, but I figured you all would have good suggestions. I have run a few times in the evening (I have 3 small kids so I am usually putting them to bed, etc in the evening and then too worn out to run!) and my digestive system has held up for the whole race. I am just really starting to freak out about this...I guess they don't have porta potties along the way for a 5k since it's a relatively short race. Anyway, thanks for humoring me and my "personal" questions!
Ha...Well first of all I don't think we are worried in this forum about TMI....That is what we are here for. The only thing I can suggest to you is to stay hydrated, and eat early in the day. In your specific case do not eat any later than three hours before your race. Try to go to the bathroom beforehand...but in all reality, when push comes to shove you can always "Go" somewhere. For a 5k the next bathroom will be at the finish line, however if you REALLY feel that you will never make it to the end, then bring some TP and see what happens...I see people all the time making a pit stop in the woods. No-one cares. Everyone is concerned about their own time and pace. Good luck.