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I peed my pants while on a run
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So here's the story: I went out for a run and was feeling great, so I decided to do some interval training. It was a 50 min run, so nothing too crazy, but I was definitely pushing myself. I noticed at some point that I felt kind of sweaty, but I didn't think much of it. When I got home, I discovered that I was MUCH wetter than I realized, and all in the crotch. I'm slightly mortified that I'm even writing this, but I hope someone can identify with me. Is it actually possible that I peed my pants and had no clue I was relieving myself?!

Some additional, pertinent information:
- I'm 27
- I've never birthed a child
- I peed right before I left the house
- I never felt like I needed to pee while I was running
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Re: I peed my pants while on a run [esposatuna] [ In reply to ]
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Well, I'm 42 with a kid, and now it happens all the time during hard efforts, whether or not I felt like I had to pee, whether or not I'd peed right before I left the house. But I definitely had it happen when younger, when I was reeeeally pushing myself. So I say you chalk it up to a super hard effort and give yourself a pat on the back. Yay! You ran the pee right out of you!
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Re: I peed my pants while on a run [esposatuna] [ In reply to ]
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Back when I still had cartilage in my knee I did some long distance stuff. I found the longer I'm out there the more likely I am to have this happen. I am also a heavy sweater and will be sweaty in that area. I think it is some pee and some sweat. I shrug my shoulders and hope no one notices. It's all part of the grossness of training :-)

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Re: I peed my pants while on a run [BPA] [ In reply to ]
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You ran the pee right out of you!


I really wish we had a like button.



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Jen - @ultragrrl

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Re: I peed my pants while on a run [esposatuna] [ In reply to ]
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I am going to take a slightly different track and forgive me if this sounds preachy. I am a physical therapist that treats pelvic floor dysfunction along with the general patient population.

Just because it may be common to do something does NOT make it normal. It is not normal to pee yourself - even with a hard effort. The even sadder thing is that we (as women) tend to chalk this up to a hard effort, changes with children, etc. You do not have to pee yourself to work hard in a workout.

This is actually pretty common in young, athletic women. It does not necessarily have to do with 'weak' muscles. Often in my super fit athletic women (especially cyclists) I see excessively tight pelvic floor muscles, which can no longer function properly in their job and can lead to incontinence.

So what to do - if it happens once, maybe not a huge deal for you. But if it happens every time you run, all hard efforts, etc and you ignore it, you are potentially solidifying poor motor control of your pelvic floor. You can seek out a pelvic floor specialist in your area. Request a referral from your OB-GYN or GP. I have found some MD's are more than happy to refer and some prefer to try other alternatives first.

Finally, just a thought - there are all sorts of reasons you could have been 'wetter' - maybe it wasn't urine, but other bodily secretions.

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Re: I peed my pants while on a run [tridana] [ In reply to ]
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Agreed 100% with Tridana from a rehab and physiological perspective. Stress incontinence is not good especially if you're saying it wasn't a terribly hard effort. Weak or excessively tight pelvis floor muscles are risk factors and should be addressed but not to scare you. Just something to make a priority and get it taken care of. Tridana sounds like someone to discuss it more in depth with. Thats my vote.

Was it actually urine? Like she mentioned it could have been something else in which case the point is still valid just not applicable to you.

Good luck!
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Re: I peed my pants while on a run [tridana] [ In reply to ]
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I never had this problem until I gave birth. Now it is a recurring problem during hard effort runs. In fact, it is my number one worry during road races (unlike in triathlons where you are wet from the swim and from all the water pouring on top of you during aid stations). Now that I am about to deliver baby #2, I am mortified. Is there anything that a woman can do to adress this problem?
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Re: I peed my pants while on a run [IronLady] [ In reply to ]
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There is SO much that can be done about this. Potentially, you are going to want to wait until #2 delivers (congrats!!), but I would recommend talking with your OB-GYN about potential women's health rehab professionals in your area. You can also search http://www.womenshealthapta.org/pt-locator/ or http://hermanwallace.com/practitioner-directory.

Most often it is recommended to wait 6 weeks after delivery. But your pelvic floor muscles, tone, trauma from birth, poor patterns, behavior changes, etc can all be addressed. Whether you have a prolapse should also be assessed.

Please let me know if I can give you more specifics, but for now have a good rest of your pregnancy and safe delivery. If you are having pain during pregnancy those issues could be addressed now so they do not become larger concerns.

Dana

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Re: I peed my pants while on a run [tridana] [ In reply to ]
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Hi Dana,

It would be great to connect. I have just posted a topic on pelvic floor post baby. I just had baby #3 and would like to get serious about my pelvic floor strength, unlike before....
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Re: I peed my pants while on a run [IronLady] [ In reply to ]
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I had the exact same issue after my first baby (coupled with a really nasty case of symphasis pubis dysfunction that last until a few months after I stopped nursing when my son was 9+ months old. I bought a few pairs of black spandex shorts to run in so you couldn’t see the pee. It was horrible (in addition to the pain from the SPD). I should have seen a pelvic floor PT at the time, but didn’t realize that was an option.

After baby #2, who is now 8 months old, things were different. I did a lot of really focused strength training through my pregnancy and I did the Recore program from that chick down near Nashville after delivery with clearance form my OB. The incontinence is far, far less frequent, and seems to mostly occur when I drink a lot on longer runs. My pelvic floor is still weaker than it was after birthing two 10 lbs babies, but nothing like it was after my son. Nonetheless, I’m thinking I need to see someone to eliminate it entirely.
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