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#1 of 3 Old 09-28-2006, 07:09 AM - Thread Starter
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I have another newbie question! Sorry to be so graphic, but I really need some help here.

I feel like I have to pee the whole time that I am running, even if I have just emptied my bladder. Sometimes I feel like I am actually leaking urine, and I think I do a tiny bit. It is so umcomfortable the whole time - I feel the pressure intensly the whole time I am jogging/walking - it is INTENSE pressure the ENTIRE time - It's all I can focus on. I had to stop yesterday just 20 min into the run, but only a tiny bit of urine came out when I tried to empty my bladder - I could have sworn by the sensation that I had a FULL bladder and then some. I don't feel this sensation when I am just walking.

Is this normal??
Will this go away?
How do I deal with this? More Kegels?
Will I ever be able to run long distances? I wonder how I would ever be able to run 1-2 hours straight -I don't think my bladder could handle it! Am I a lost cause?

I'm wondering if the 3 hours and 10 minutes of HARD pushing DS into this world after 36 hours of labor is the reason. Am I doomed forever?

Help! Thanks!
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#2 of 3 Old 09-28-2006, 04:19 PM
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i dont have much advice, but my friend who i run with she pees all the time during our long runs. she has run over 20 some marathons so i have no idea how she runs a marathon without having to go pee. oh yeah shes elite too. she runs sub 3 hour marathons. i run marathons as well but my bladder does seem to shut down as i run. my only suggestion is dont drink anything before you run. and if you dont then relax your bladder and maybe it go away. i have only a few times had to really go the bathroom so bad i couldn't concentrate on finshing my run but i did pee alot. so as far as you not peeing alot and having to feel like you do, im sorry i dont really know. maybe ask your doctor. I'm sure its pretty common. and kegels will only help the pee not to come out. i have had four kids including a set of twins in there and i could probably benefit from kegels but i dont do them. anyways hope you find out whats going on. sorry i couldnt help any.
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Kegels, kegels, kegels!

Oh, and you might want to make sure you don't have a bladder infection. That can make you feel like you need to pee, even if you don't. I completely disagree with not drinking before a run. You need to be well hydrated for your body to work properly and get the most out of your workout.

TMI question - what are you wearing on your bottom while you run? If something is rubbing on you, I think that could cause the "need to pee" sensation.

If it were me, I would keep running. This may go away on its own.. (especially if you are kegeling like mad) But then, I run through pretty much anything, so I might be the wrong person to ask.

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