Before I tell you about my eventful run, I want to show you two pictures that I took. The pictures themselves aren’t great, but I loved the view I had while on my run, so I snapped them anyway. I’ll miss these fields…
The following started out as a status update on Facebook that kept going and going and going. Eventually it got so long I decided it was better suited for a blog post.
“Never trust “MapMyRun” when trying to get an accurate distance. Twice now I’ve used it prior to a run to get a good idea of where I can go to get a few extra miles in my run and it has estimated my distance 1/2 to 1 mile farther than I actually end up running. (I’m starting to outrun my fields.) So today, when I thought I was going to hit 7 miles, I was only at 6.5. Fortunately I figured that out early and I was able to push through that last half-mile.”
I kept writing the following, which was when I realized I needed to just write this here:
I have a funny story about today’s run: I realized 6 minutes in that I was going to need to potty before my run was over. I was trying to think about the most secluded spot on my entire run where I could hide and take care of my business.
And so I finish the story here:
I was not looking forward to that and contemplated turning around and going home. The only reason I didn’t is because the “getting out the door” process is the hardest part of running for me. Once I’ve started, I’m good-to-go. I didn’t want to have to go through that again.
As I was running to my fields, I passed a storefront I’ve passed dozens of times before, and never noticed it open. Today, however, I saw something that made me stop dead in my tracks.
A woman was sweeping the floors of a small beauty salon, and her front door was open. I backed up, stuck my head in and said, “Sprechen Sie Englisch?” Her fast reply was negative, so I asked, “Haben Sie toilette?” while giving my most pitiful face. She grinned, got the key, and walked me to the back to a bathroom obviously shared by the other commercial tenants in the building. What a blessing that bathroom break was!
I was fast, after all, my timer was running, and I think I was in and out of there in 3 minutes, including washing my hands and getting my ear buds and iPod all back in the right places. I repeatedly said, “Danke Schön,” so that she would know how thankful I was… we’ve all been in a situation like that before, though, this doesn’t normally happen to me during a run!
The rest of my run was fairly uneventful, and for that, I am grateful. My time, including my potty break, was 1:11:26. Not bad for my first-ever outdoor seven mile run.
Note to self: pee just before you leave for a run and always carry tissues with you, just in case.