Well, this past week was interesting, to say the least. I didn't run Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday in preparation for a stab at 100 miles in 7 days. The plan was to accumulate the miles from Wednesday through the following Tuesday.
Wednesday started out great. I logged in 12 miles, running half of it on the trails until it got too dark, finishing the rest on the sidewalks and grassy boulevards. Then came Thursday.
I started out a bit slow and early on I had this unusually strong urge to pee. So, when I got to the trail I stepped into the porta-potty to relieve myself. However, I hardly peed at all. What was up with that? Even stranger was the fact that I still felt like I had to pee. Oh well, I figured. I hit the trail thinking the feeling would go away, which it did after a couple of miles. Then the stomach cramps hit. OUCH!! They were so bad I had to walk a couple of times. Fortunately, they only lasted for half a mile and were gone.
I continued on, dismissing the problem as gas or indigestion and started to hit my stride. Things were pretty uneventful the rest of the run, except for a little tumble in the dark (despite wearing a headlamp). Yeah, really graceful, I know. Anyhow, when I got home after 2 hours of running I drank some water and did a few stretches to cool down. I hadn't taken any water with me on my run because I typically don't have any hydration problems when running for that amount of time in mild temps. After finishing my stretches, I went to the bathroom to take a pee. This time, there was plenty of volume. However, to my surprise, it was dark. WTF!! Not only that, it stung a bit when I peed. Needless to say, I was rather concerned. I checked out the causes of bloody urine on the internet and determined that the most likely cause was dehydration and a brusied bladder. I ruled out a UTI since I had no accompanying fever. All I could do was keep hydrated and see if things improved in the next 12-24 hours. Fortunately, they did. WHEW!! That was a bit of a scare! However, the incident forced me to take Friday off and ensure a proper recovery and therefore railroaded my 100-mile attempt. I did come back on Saturday and put 12.5 miles in with no problems (I wisened up this time and brought a bottle of water), so all seems to be good. Guess I'll have to give the 100-mile week another shot, starting today!!
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