Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Running Pee

I peed my pants yesterday.

Yes, you read that correctly.  I peed my pants.  Not Cole, me.

Here's how it went down...literally.

I usually don't drink coffee, but some mornings I really crave a hot drink. Since Starbucks won't deliver, and me running there for a quick drink while I leave my kids alone at home to play is illegal, I sometimes drink a small cup of coffee left from the pot Alex makes for himself.  Yesterday I woke up before the kids and a hot cup of coffee (with a lot of soy creamer) was exactly what I was craving. 

Big mistake.

Since having three kids, my bladder control is definitely different than it used to be.  By different I mean, I can no longer drink a cup of coffee and then run 4 hours later.  By different I mean, it is weak and dysfunctional and basically I should be wearing Depends before any physical movement beyond walking.

I went to the bathroom immediately before starting my run, but I had a feeling things might not go perfectly.  I had that feeling I often get in the last few months of pregnancy, where I could basically pee at anytime, regardless of whether or not I had just gone. 

I was about 20 minutes into my run.  I was singing along to some Pink, (yes it is entertaining to run on the treadmill next to me,) and I felt like I had to go.  I decided to ignore it and just keep running because clearly listening to Pink makes me forget that my body has been destroyed by carrying three children.  I attempted to work on those long ignored kegel exercises while I was running, hoping this would hold off any large amount of pee from escaping.

A few minutes later I actually felt wet. Not perspiration, I knew it was pee and there was more coming.  I basically flew off the treadmill, threw my sweater around my waist and ran to the bathroom...where I barely peed at all.  I guess I had already released everything I had.

This is embarrassing.  This is sad.  I am 34 years old and I can't even run without peeing my pants. 

I felt so frustrated.  Overall I was pretty fortunate with minimal post baby body trauma. I have no stretch marks or popped veins.  I don't have a difficult time getting back to my pre-baby weight.  But, I pee my pants if I drink a cup of coffee. 


Musings of a Housewife said...

O.M.G. That's hilarious. Good thing you were on a treadmill near a bathroom and not running beside fields of cows as I do. There is NO WHERE TO GO when random bodily functions occur.

Leah said...

Let's just say that Poise pads are my long-run bff's. SERIOUSLY. And this is after 1 baby! I can't imagine where I'll be after 3!

Wattmom said...

What day did this happen? Saturday? You must have seen me run as well. And I did the same thing, ran to the bathroom, nothing, and thank goodness for my hoodie. You would think since we are trying to do something good our body would hold it.

Violet said...
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Violet said...

Thank you for your post! This actually happened to me yesterday while I was at the gym. I peed before leaving home, peed at the gym and then as soon as I got on the treadmill, felt the urge again. I actually was in such a zone I didn't realize I had peed my pants until after my workout. Luckily, I was so sweaty I figured if anyone saw me - they'd think I just was super sweaty. I freakishly have to pee ALL the time. After having my daughter, it's gotten worse. I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one. :)

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