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Going on a Long Walk? Plan Your Potty Breaks Ahead of Time!

Updated on July 11, 2013
'Opaeka'a Falls on the Garden Island of Kaua'i
'Opaeka'a Falls on the Garden Island of Kaua'i | Source

My Walking Program for 2013

Days Walked
Elapsed Days
% of Days Walked
79
151
52.3
Miles Walked
Goal
% Towards Goal
437
1000
43.7
Weight on 01/01/13
Weight on 06/01/13
% of Weight Loss
228
214
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Prologue

The urge to pee is surpassed only by the relief of having done so.

Four miles into a nine-mile walk one morning, that very thought came to mind. Because I'm a big fan of visualization, I did everything I could to censor an idea that I did not want to see into existence.

Looking ahead, I estimated that I was only five hundred yards away from my designated watering hole, a spot on the creek bank with adequate foliage for privacy just a few yards off the country road. That was it...only five hundred yards. A mere pittance for a long distance walker.

But you know how it goes--this universal scenario. The more you try not to think about it, the more energized your mind gets anticipating the tremendous relief.

There is the need to compromise with one's body. To buy time. To dam the natural flow of things. To frantically look around for alternative measures. To shuffle one's feet as if to wiggle away the persistent urge.

Oh, yeah, I forgot! I'm already shuffling my feet!

Then, there is the internal debate. Do I walk faster and risk a leak in the Zuider Zee dam? Or do I walk slower and risk the Nile overflowing? STOP thinking about bodies of water, for crying out loud!

Funny, how your mind thinks about the strangest things during a time like this. I saw Scrabble tiles and began arranging the letters to make words. I emulated my father crafting his own Sudoku puzzles. I empathized with the drivers of vehicles passing by, seeing my agonized face and thinking, Oh, check the old dude out! He bit off more than he could chew! Looks like he's about ready to pass out! Better swerve before he collapses right in front of my wheels!

Eventually, though, I made it--in time--to the improvised outdoor latrine.

And it was in a moment of ecstatic relief that my very playful muse planted the seed in my brain for today's hub.

Be Prepared

84 million Boy Scouts can't be wrong.

The secret to having an enjoyable and accident-free (nature-wise, anyway) long distance walk is to be prepared.

Here are some tried and true methods you can employ:

  • Hydrate Well
  • Plot specific areas along your walk for potty breaks
  • Use the restroom one last time before your walk

One of My 10-Mile Walking Routes to and from the Washington/Oregon Border

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A markerOld Milton Highway and Peppers Bridge Road -
Old Milton Highway & Peppers Bridge Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362, USA
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B markerStateline Road and Highway 12, Milton-Freewater, OR -
Umapine-Stateline Highway & Umapine-Stateline Road, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, USA
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C markerAndy's Market -
12th Street and College Avenue, College Place, WA 99324
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Hydration Ahead of Time

The majority of my walks occur in the early morning. For me, this is the time of day when I have the optimal amount of energy AND motivation. If I linger, each passing hour just gives me more reasons to talk myself out of walking.

A half hour to an hour before my walk, I will drink two glasses of water. Out of habit more than nutritional or health-conscious savvy, I'll more often than not drink a cup of coffee as well.

I'll read my Bible, scan the newspaper, or--as I'm doing this first June morning--work on my first of 30 Hubs in 30 Days, a current writing challenge I'm invested in, along with a handful of other enthusiastic writers.

At some point, like the arrival of a Pearl Harbor sneak attack tsunami, I experience a dire urgency to use the restroom. Like right now! Excuse me for a few minutes...

...Okay, I'm back. I've literally lost some weight...which is good...because today's my monthly weigh-in (see table at upper right).

I don't carry a water bottle with me. I know, I know...this goes against the grain of what the health gurus advise. I'm the expert of my body, however, and I know that if I prime the well with a few sips of water, I'll experience the need to go more often during my walk. But this is not the case for most people--especially younger adults--so this is the only part of my article that I advise you to take it or leave it.

That said, the water I've consumed first thing in the morning is enough to sustain me until I return from my long walk.

Trees Provide Great Cover
Trees Provide Great Cover | Source
Hedges Also Provide Good Cover
Hedges Also Provide Good Cover | Source
Areas Where the Road Passes Over a Stream, Creek, or River
Areas Where the Road Passes Over a Stream, Creek, or River | Source

Plotting Potty Breaks Along the Route

A walk two miles or shorter should not pose any significant challenge if you've first taken care of business prior to your outing.

Walks of greater distances, however, will require special planning. Here's the part where I address each gender separately for reasons that will become evident as you read.

MALE WALKERS

Familiarize yourself with your walking route.

Drive the entire distance of your route. If possible, try to do this at the actual time of day you will be walking.

If your route passes through town, note the locations of the following:

  • Gas stations
  • Convenience stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Coffee shops
  • Restaurants
  • Businesses
  • Parks with bathroom facilities

Take the time to enter these sites to assess the bathroom situation. Review the hours of operation.

If your route consists of country roads, pastures, and agricultural fields, note the locations of the following:

  • Trees
  • Hedges
  • Areas where the road passes over a creek, stream, or river
  • Dense foliage

The above areas should provide ample coverage for a man to provide Mother Earth with a urine specimen.

FEMALE WALKERS

Ladies, for reasons governing your safety, modesty, and privacy, your options for bladder relief are less flexible than those of a man. I recommend that you not walk on country roads. Instead, create routes that go through town so you have access to using bathrooms in the several sites mentioned above.

However, if you feel strongly about going for strolls in the country, choose a route that takes you a relatively short distance--say, a half mile from home--that you can comfortably walk to and from. Your lap returns you back home where you can determine if you need to go or not.

Yet another idea is to walk with other women. Plan the route so that it goes past the homes of at least two group members. In the tradition of women christening a wide spectrum of social events, you could call these women Designated Potty Hostesses. The name of the function? Why, Potty Parties, of course!

The Final Curtain Call

Okay, if you incorporate just one important piece of advice from my article, let it be this:

USE THE RESTROOM ONE LAST TIME BEFORE YOUR WALK!

This would appear to be a definite no-brainer, right? You'd be surprised! Experiencing a low level adrenaline rush just before lengthy exercise distracts a person from listening--really listening--to his or her body.

Do yourself a huge favor: Pay attention to your body!

Starting Your Day with Walking and Writing

Enjoy Your Walk!

Okay, then!

You've done the three key things to avoid embarrassing situations.

You have:

  • Hydrated well
  • Plotted several areas along your walk for potty breaks
  • Used the restroom one last time before your walk

There's just one final thing to say:

YOU'RE GOOD TO GO!

Connecting with Fellow Writers is Powerful!
Connecting with Fellow Writers is Powerful!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Liz!

    I love those long hikes, but I need to be more consistent. At this point, I'd rather do 3 - 5 miles every day rather than 8 - 10 miles sporadically. That said, I still have to plan ahead of time for the necessary breaks. So far, so good. I'm glad that you enjoyed this hub, Liz, and I'm always thankful whenever you stop by! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Good advice Joe! It's something that we definitely have to plan for on the longer hikes. I love advice and stories about hiking. My longest hike might've only been 4 miles, but one day, I'd like to further. Thanks for posting this!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Rajan. A reality issue, for sure, when going on these long walks! Thank you for stopping by to read this. Aloha, my friend, and have a wonderful new week!

    Joe

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Joe, thanks for this training in getting to learn where to head for the potty breaks.

    Fun read. Thanks.

    Voted up, useful and certainly interesting.

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    This is so funny. You are a great writer if you can plan a whole article on planning potty breaks during long distance walks, complete with pictures!!! And it's an interesting article with very interesting pictures as well. And you are totally right...it is sooo different for women. Especially once we hit that certain age where we need to "go" more frequently. I admire you for keeping the pace with your walking as much as you do. And the health benefits as well as the weight loss benefits are amazing. I like your charts that you include with your hubs sow e can see your progress. Have you changed your eating habits at all to lose the 14 pounds so far? Or has that been accomplished just from the walking? Either way, I am impressed. If you keep this up, at the end of the year you will have walked a LOT of miles, and lost approximately 28 pounds...good for you!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Yo, Mary! I feel so good about the way you adeptly verbalize things about my hubs that others don't feed back to me. I don't know how you do it, but you must be ONE VORACIOUS READER...and I like how you carefully pick up on subtle nuances.

    I live in an area where men and women of all ages love to exercise. And if others are inspired seeing this husky old guy chugging along roadsides where no walkers in their right minds would be caught seen, well, at least they had a little entertainment for the day...like the time I was so scared that a dog was breaking through my personal bubble (space) that I turned around to plant a foot in its face, lost my footing, and fell to the ground. I was so embarrassed that I broke out in a fit of uncontrollable laughter...shaking like jelly while cars sped by, just inches away from my coconut head. Later, when relaying the story to my daughter, we had another uncontrollable fit of hysterical laughter. And to think that HubPages had something to do with all of it. Only in America, my friend!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Well Joe, if you weren't sure how this hub would go over now you know, its a hit! A subject we are all too familiar with but one no one else would've thought to write about. I must say as I was first reading I thought, oh sure, the male thing, pee where you want and when you want. What about the females? But, I should have known you wouldn't forget us! I must admit, the older I get the more familiar I am with where the bathrooms are anywhere I go!

    This was funny but true and there isn't a man, woman or child who can't relate. Great job.

    Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Lisa, thank you for stopping by! I wasn't sure how this reality check of a hub would go over, but so far, so good, and for that, I'm very grateful. You're absolutely right--ten miles is indeed a long walk...and yet the wonderful scenery in Walla Walla and NE Oregon help me downplay the distance. It really is true, how going on these marathon walks, jogs, or runs enables one to become more aware of self. All my life, I have suffered from a fear of success, mistakenly thinking that I was reacting from a fear of failure. I'm currently working on a hub, featuring my son, to illustrate this concept. Walking long distances has been a great way to face my fear and tame it. I look forward to the good things that can come from this. Aloha, my lovely friend, and may you have a wonderful rest of the week!

    Joe

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    LKMore01 4 years ago

    First of all, my dear Joe you are to be highly commended for ten mile walks. Ten miles is no Sunday stroll for any readers who may be unaware or attempting a 5k. This HUB is brilliant on so many levels. The subject is a great consideration of mine as well. Thankfully, during races there are Port-A-John's. Walking in the city you can run into a gas station or store near by. The photo's of the tree's were hilarious. Thank you for making my evening!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Jim!

    As long as I can get out the door and take those steps out of the yard, I'm good to go...uh, let me put that a different way, I'm committed to finishing my walk. I was actually able to walk 7.5 miles this morning without having to tie my shoelaces ONCE or needing to use the creekside brush. THAT was unusual, my friend! Well, I just broke my reading glasses so I can't see the words very well. Will need to get a new pair downtown. Thanks for your loyal support, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Great advice from a Master Writer who has become a Master Walker. Your scheme is well thought out. Congrats on that weight loss too!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You're welcome, vertualit. Thank you for stopping by...

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You're welcome, vertualit. Thank you for stopping by...

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Heather!

    Oh, it is such a relief---and I do mean in a very different kind of way--to hear from you. I actually thought you were mad at me because I paid tribute to you in a hub. I saluted ten sexy writers (you'd have to read it to understand the perspective I used), incorporating unique facets of each individual I paid homage to, and I really meant well...honestly...and so when I didn't hear from you, not knowing you were on vacation...well...anyway, to say anything more would be a REVEAL, so I'll stop here. Seriously, it's good to hear from you again! TTYL...I hope!

    Joe

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    Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

    Okay...you are hilarious and the timing was perfect! We just got back from gatlinburg, TN...I am calling it our "tour of bathrooms across the south". We stopped at almost every potty from Ohio to TN...and each on in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. I was even starting to take pictures for a hub! Then...the restrooms took a turn for the worse and we let the kids use the bushes!! NO JOKE - it was safer!! Congrats on your health and for walking--even when nature calls!! LOVE IT!!!

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    Abdus Salam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing...

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    Abdus Salam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing...

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Nancy! I had a great big smile on my face knowing that you have a good belly laugh as a result of reading my hub. That makes me happy! No worries, my friend...that's one of the best compliments one could ever receive! Well, just wanted to take a short break, but with the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, I am completely swamped.Thanks for understanding! TTYL, my dear friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Nancy C Moores 4 years ago

    Hahahaahahahahaaaahahahahahahaahahhahahaahahaaa Joe, hahahahahahahahahahahahahaaa I'm sorry got a little hysterical there. hahahahahahahahaa I'm sorry hahahhaaaaa Well, you have dispelled any questions I had about walking and wondering where to pee hahahahaa and any question that you might be a very serious person all the time. chuckle again hahahahahhaaa sorry I have to laugh. I love your humor. You can make a boring topic into something that a person just has to read. You are great, and you have blessed me with a good laugh my friend. I hope I didn't offend you don't take me wrong you know I love you and your incredible writing skills. Take care, and look forward to they next one.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Pearl! Yeah, I didn't think of that. Actually, what I truly did fear was whether or not there were rattlesnakes in the tall SE Washington grass. Yikes! Can you imagine? But you raise a very good point! Looks like I'll need to call upon my naturalist guru, Rajan Jolly, and ask him to write up a hub about poison ivy! Outstanding idea, Pearl! Ha-ha! Thank you for your loyal support! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha, Ka'imi'loa! Right on! Good thing I get one Walmart store close by. I can do the two-fer-one shuffle over there by using the bathroom and then buying a month's supply.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Carol! I am especially happy to open my Hub door and find you standing out there on the porch! So nice to hear from you. I am still thinking about that last hub of yours...so if I could bring a chuckle to you, it was worth every moment of sweating over whether or not I should have written this hub in the first place. : ) Thank you so much for stopping by! Good for you for going on long bike rides! Until the next time, then, aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Natasha! Glad you enjoyed the lighthearted romp via this recent hub of mine. I know what you mean about the small bladder. Mine has definitely shrunk over the decades! And because I love my coffee, the problem has only been compounded! But as long as I have a resourceful mind, I will find a way--and a place--to seek relief. If not, there's always the astronaut suit! Ha-ha! Aloha and have a great week, my friend!

    Joe

    PS Now I know why that little piggy in the child's nursery rhyme cried "WEE! WEE!" all the way home! I always wondered about that...

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, ignugent17! The 30 Hubs in 30 Days is going to be even more of a challenging trip! I am now in the process of plotting my designated potty breaks for THIS marathon run! LOL! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Kathryn!

    Thanks so much for your continued support! I am very pleased...while the weight loss has been slow, I know that I am steadily making progress. The walking definitely plays a part in my mental preparation of my writing projects in at least a couple of ways--the content AND the voice. I believe I've grown in my confidence in regards to how I present things...kinda like maturing from 8th grade shyness to 25-year-old self-assuredness. I am very grateful for your kind wishes regarding the 30 day challenge. It is quite a hill to climb when perfectionism has been such weighty baggage all of one's life. It's high time I kick it to the curb! LOL! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Joe, I'm still chuckling to myself! This is absolutely excellent advice. I would add just one thing, and that is: if you do find thick shrubs on a country road, please make sure you know how to identify poison ivy! Seriously, my mother-in-law can tell you all about her encounter with this itchy situation. Needless to say, from then on she did NOT walk in the country! Voted this hilarious hub Up++++

    ;) Pearl

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    Ka'imi'loa 4 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

    Nah, no shame...get adult diapers li'dat! bumbye goin' need them soon anyways Uncle...Shootz!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    I had to chuckle a bit...I am sure this is an issued felt by many long distancers. However I usually do this before leaving the house for a long bike ride....Well done on your weight loss program...Goals make the world go round.

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    Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

    Ahahaha. I am quite the expert on running in to random places for the restroom! As a woman from a family with a tradition of having small bladders who likes to drink coffee, this is something I think about a lot. I don't usually bring water with me, either, because I know it will just compound the problem. Congrats on your walking progress and enjoy future walks!

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful picture and enjoyable trip. Your hubs are really full of information and you always put something to smile about.

    Voted up and more. :-)

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    It's interesting how inspiration for articles come up!

    I always make sure I go one last time before I leave- whether I am going on a long walk, or on a road trip. Very good advice. I also like the suggestions you have made for mapping out "potty breaks".

    Congrats on walking so often, and for losing weight. I am glad that you have gotten into the routine, and have been rewarded by it.

    Have a wonderful day, and I look forward to reading more of your hubs during this 30 day challenge.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Chris, I'm in a coffee shop that's strangely quiet today, and you should see me...my body is vibrating and jiggling like jello on crack because I'm simultaneously laughing from within while stifling that laugh in order to not convince these people in here that I'm as crazy as I look. Ha-ha! You are so funny! Oh, shoot, now I gotta go pee!

    Shaka, brah!

    Joe

    PS I gotta admit, you caught me off guard, Good one, Chris!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you for your kind and generous words, Arun Kanti! At our age, it's important to leave a legacy that embraces the spirit of kindness and service. Isn't HubPages a grand opportunity to do just that--non only in our hub creations but also in our social, emotional, and spiritual connectivity with others? I find that the measure of effectiveness of one's writing is directly proportional to the respect one demonstrates in the comments section. On both counts, I find you to be an exemplary human being. Thank you, Arun, for honoring my hub and me with your gracious visit. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

    I have to agree with the "water people." Did you know they make water bottles with hand straps? They're tight, like the strap on a little video camera. You don't even have to grip it...it just stays on your hand.

    Hm...I'm sure they sell them on Amazon.

    Hm...I'm sure you could make a hub about what to bring on a long distance walk and sell those bottles in an Amazon capsule.

    Hm...I'm sure you could then write another hub about long distance walking for weight loss and link all three together and get extra page views for each of them.

    Hm...I have to pee.

    Aloha, Braddah Joe!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

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    Hi, Bruce! Thank you so much for your kind comments. Yes, I look forward to that walk with you someday. We'll have a great time talking shop and all things good, that's for sure! I debated long and hard over this particular hub, but then I remembered the adage about good writers taking risks, and given that perspective, I didn't hesitate any longer and posted the hub. On another level, it was a reminder to all of us that no matter how we present ourselves to the world--whether in our writing persona or in real life--ultimately, we all share the common threads of humanity. We all have to find a way to go! : ) With the loyal support of you and so many others, I am thankful and blessed to have included joining up with HubPages almost 16 months ago a significant facet of "the way I go!" Aloha, my North Carolina friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Bill Degiulio!

    I remember a running friend telling me once how he made the grave mistake of stopping on the side of the road to pick and eat a green apple. Oh, my word! Talk about a different kind of potty break! But that's not likely something I'll ever hub about. Ha-ha! A female writer friend here on HP has begun a walking program, so it got me thinking that if I experience this issue, surely others do as well...maybe it's worth writing about. And the hub just took off. I'm glad the response has been favorable so far. Thanks for your wonderful comments and your loyal support, Bill! Have a great day! And oh, by the way, after reading your great hub about training for a 5K, I actually did my first 5-minute jog yesterday. I had to jog at a super-slow pace, not much faster than I walk, actually, but at least I lasted 5 minutes and got a little over 4 tenths of a mile in. I felt so good about having accomplished that. It gave me confidence to do it again, and maybe twice, in my next walking session. So, thanks a mint, Bill, for all the help and encouragement!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Joelle!

    McDonald's was definitely one of the businesses that came to mind in the section where I directed my thoughts to the female walkers. : ) Usually, my pace is in the 14-min. range...I am gradually adding short jogging intervals here and there, so my pace will vary from the 12+ minute to 16-minute pace (the latter range occurs when I stop to take photos). My perspective of long distances has changed so much since I began long-range walking. Seriously, distances seem shorter now, if you can understand what I mean. A mile, 5 miles, 10 miles don't seem so long anymore. One of these days, maybe before the year is up, I'd like to try a 15- or even a 20-mile walk.

    Then, I'll really have to plan my potty breaks accordingly! Aloha, Joelle!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, billybuc! Slowly but surely, I'm getting the knack of this craft. What's helped me a great deal are the wonderful examples set by fellow hubbers and the lessons you've generously shared both here and in your blog. Funny how a simple walk gets one in touch with all kinds of universal subjects. : ) Have a great day, my friend! The sun came out to play on this side of the mountains, too, and there's a complementary cool breeze to balance things out. TTYL, Bill!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You know it, Liz! True story about the impetus for this hub. I was hurting really bad and hoping against hope that I would make it to those creekside bushes. YAY! I Did! But it certainly taught me to plan better. "Happy Bladder" has a catchy ring to it...maybe the next Taylor Swift platinum record? Ha-ha!

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    ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

    Joe-You are as much methodical in writing as you are while taking a long distance walk. We have to learn a lot from you. What impresses me the most is your endless energy and enthusiasm to help others to learn good things of life. Thank you very much for sharing another excellent hub with very useful advices.

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    anndango 4 years ago

    I can relate to this! I'm a long-distance runner, sometimes out for three to five hours which means drinking lots of water. Plus, I run trails so no coffee shops to pop into. I do know where the outhouses are though, and the best places to pee just off the path in the woods (lots of foliage to hide behind). I once had to stop just off a trail that isn't used much. I was doing my business when I looked up and a pileated woodpecker was staring at me! Anyway, I've often thought I should create a pee app to let other walkers and runners know where the best locations are to pee in the woods.

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    Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

    Hi Joe!

    Right up front I voted your hub UP +++++! Everything about it spoke to me and I also want to encourage you in any way I can for taking the challenge of 30/30. I'll do that one day when the other projects I'm working on slow down.

    Some day perhaps we will walk together. I still walk about 5 or 6 miles a day (albeit at work, which isn't all that relaxing) but up until I changed functions 5 months ago I used to walk regularly another 5 or 6 for fun!

    I like your routine, your documentation and your results! WooooooHooooooo! You go dude. You've also reminded me of so many funny hiking stories surrounding the "need to go" and I can't tell you how many times I chuckled at the well placed emphasis and jargon of your walking tales!

    I think you might catch a little flack from women but for safety purposes, I certainly understand!

    Great job Joe, and I look forward to that walk one day. Really! But my wife will be with us and she's an outdoors women and knows how to seek and find her own area of "rest."

    Again, let me say "Wooooohooooo" and I loved the photo's for descriptive purposes too. A picture is worth a thousand words.

    Bruce

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Joe, I'm smiling from ear to ear right now. What a great hub and so eloquently presented for what could be touchy subject. I've learned these lessons from my years of running but every now and then mother nature does call. :)

    Congratulations on your walking program, you've doing great and you lost 14 pounds so far, excellent. You're doing this the right way, not all at once and through exercise and not starvation.

    Loved this hub. Voted up shared and pinned it. Have a great day.

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Congratulations to you for losing some weight... if it was in your wishes! You must have for sure gained some muscle mass and that's always a good thing!

    I love to walk .... when I don't have problems with one foot as I have now :-( I can walk long distances...usually and I walk fast.

    For long distances, I have a bottle of water and usually, because of the speed or the effort, I don't need to many potty breaks :-)

    When I walk in a city and lingered more, and I need one of those potty breaks.... I try to stop at a Mcdonalds... because I know I can do my little business there.... without drinking too much either and have the same problem not too long after ;-)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about potty breaks along the walks Joe :-)

    Enjoy your Sunday!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    You are such a good writer. The opening quote was perfect....your prose throughout is like sitting with an old friend....and you speak of a universal subject we all understand and can smile about. I dub this the Perfect Hub!

    Aloha from sunny Olympia! Have a great walk my friend, and a wonderful Sunday.

    bill

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Joe, only you could write a how-to article about peeing and make it entertaining and informative.

    I think the "go one last time before you leave" advice is crucial for whenever you leave the house. An empty bladder is a happy bladder!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, WND!

    Thank you for your great feedback! Yes, you're right, the water is important...so along with the occasional pit stops, I'll plan ahead better for the water stops as well. Just too long a walk most of the time for me to carry a water bottle, given the simple clothing I usually wear. But I certainly can "drop in" at different businesses to drink water. Glad you liked this first one. Now if I can just figure out what to write for the next few days until I get 29 more hubs done! LOL! Aloha!

    Joe

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    What a fantastic, funny, informative, important hub! Mother Nature has provided you some awfully pretty guards while you do what you gotta do.

    You are off to a great start and as always provided us with detailed information in your superb way of writing.

    Leave it to Hawaii to hub about the human's facts of life!

    But the water is important, somehow try to carry some for those sips that could revitalize you when you need it most.

    Have fun and take care in your healthy, glorious walks.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Georgie! That's a really cool initial avatar you got there. Your advice is sound, and I know I should take in water when I walk..or maybe one of those electrolyte drinks. I usually wear sweatpants when I walk, and you know how flimsy those pockets are. In one of my hands, I carry my iPhone. The app that I use for my walks is called iRunner, and it measures the distance accurately with the use of the satellites...kinda like GPS. Anyway, with the distance I go, and without any backpack, a water bottle would be difficult to lug around. What I could do is a double-event pit stop at a convenience store. Most of my routes pass by one or more places where I can pick up a Gatorade or something similar. Thanks for the hearty encouragement on both the weight loss and the 30-30. Best wishes to you, too!

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    Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

    Oh, it's amazing how many of us rarely think of these things before we head out! I'm surprised that I didn't have this kind of emergency at all with all the walking I did in the woods last summer! You have very good advice here and I hope I will remember to use it when I get back out there!

    One thing I would say is to always carry some water with you, even if you don't think you'll need it and especially if it's very warm. I actually had a mild heat stroke last summer and it was scary! I always carry a water bottle with me and try to remember to take little sips fairly frequently.

    Anyway, congratulations on your weight loss and good luck with that 30 in 30!

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