Mini Book Review: How to Make Yourself Poop . . .

+ 999 OtheR Tips All Runners Should Know


Meghan Kita

I’m redoing last year’s resolution to read more books that focus on running and general fitness. I’m not really sure how I came across this book, but I figured that it would be a nice way to ease into one of my 2021 resolutions. Also, the mention of “poop” definitely piqued my interest. 😉

To be honest, I really did not get much out of this book because I felt that it is more geared to folks who are just starting out with running (which is totally fine). More specifically, it (IMO) is primarily geared to folks who probably never purchased a pair of running shoes. I’m not hating because we all have to start somewhere. The tips are categorized throughout the book in themes – nutrition, running gear, racing tips, general training plans, etc. While reading this book, I found myself turning pages more than reading the tips. That said, there were some useful jewels found in the book.

  1. Making yourself poop (the reason I picked the book): drinking coffee and massaging your “grundle” or “taint” – the region between your anus and genitals. I thought doing that was supposed to delay ejaculation (don’t ask where I learned that piece of trivia).
  2. Acute-to-chronic training ratio: comparing your acute mileage (the previous week’s total mileage) to your chronic mileage (the average mileage from the four previous weeks). Injuries tend to increase when the ratio is 1.2 or higher.
  3. Getting through boring runs: Try translating your thoughts into another other language. I found this one kind of interesting because I did mention in a previous post that I wanted to “relearn” Spanish at some point.
  4. Making your races/runs more meaningful: Before a long run or race, think of 5 to 10 people (or animals, or causes) you care about and plan to dedicate one of your last miles to each of them.
  5. Improving running form: While running on a treadmill in front of a mirror, watch your beltline. If it visibly dips to one side, your glutes aren’t engaging properly.

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One comment

  1. I learned that the taint has another name! lol. Grundle is going to be added to my vernacular! I didn’t know that poop trick, either. Interesting. The others are all things I’ve come across myself, especially dedicating runs to someone. I started doing that to push myself, and it definitely helps. The foreign language tip is interesting; I speak Hungarian, so might try to think in Hungarian on a run to see what happens. Thanks for the mini book review and nuggets of wisdom! Now, I need to go massage my grundle. lol.


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