Good morning and happy Monday!
This morning I had my first official training run, gosh it was fun to mark it off the list, and now I start my plan to go caffeine free. What? Have I gone insane? No and I'll explain.
I have been consulting my favorite physician, Dr. Google, about my bladder issues (overactive bladder, stress incontinence). I'm concerned about running 13.1 miles and having to stop and use a porta-potty, or worse, not being able to make it to one. I'm going to make some changes during the next few weeks to see if it helps the situation. If I don't see any improvement, I'll be calling up a real doctor. If I do see improvement, well, I might still call up a real doctor. Time will tell.
Up first is the plan to go caffeine free. Now, this is very difficult for me because I LOVE coffee. But I love running (without peeing) more than coffee so with that in mind, I embrace this plan. Today I had two cups of regular coffee (my usual is at least 5) and then switched to decaf. Decaf is fine, but not as lovely, so I don't see myself drinking much of it. It's more to help with my habit of always having coffee on my desk. Tomorrow I'll have two cups regular, but then Wednesday I will go down to one. By Saturday or Sunday I plan to have zero. Coffee is really all the caffeine that I consume these days, although I also love me some Diet Coke, but I hardly ever have it. I can always buy some caff-free if I really want it.
Up second on the plan is to decrease the liquids I consume overall. I drink a TON of water. I have a water bottle that holds 26 ounces and I will easily fill it 5 times per day, more if I am up late. I think I probably do it more out of habit than actual thirst and that makes my bladder work overtime. Instead of mindlessly drinking all day long, I plan to try and tune into my body's signals and drink when I am thirsty. Of course I still plan to get in my 48-64oz, but anything beyond that will only be when I'm absolutely thirsty. Cutting back coffee will decrease the overall amount of fluids too. I also plan to stop drinking anything past 7:00 p.m. Hopefully this will help me sleep through the night without having to get up to pee! Last night I was up 3 times!
Up third is to start practicing kegel exercises (sorry TMI). Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles is important in my situation. Having a large baby, coupled with being obese for several years has not done this area any favors. So I will consciously make time for these exercises everyday, more than once a day.
I am sharing this on my blog because I know I'm not the only female runner who experiences these issues. It's not fun, it's rather embarrassing, but it's also a fact of my life. If I can help anyone else who might be in a similar situation, I'll go ahead with the TMI on my blog. Hopefully no one is offended.