Running Without Fear with Poise Impressa

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Today I’m going to share with you a wee little story.  Literally, a story about pee.  While I haven’t shied away from talking about this topic in the past, it is something that I feel is important enough to bring up again and I hope by sharing this story I start a conversation. 

My story…

Once, only a few months ago, I found myself at the starting line of a 5k race as I had many times before. Prior to lining up, I had followed my usual routine of peeing approximately 5 times and did all I could to shake any last minute race nerves.  Having run this course more than a few times, I knew that it was flat as a pancake and also the home of several of my 5k PR’s.  I toed the line, ready to go fast and determined to break my personal best again. 

I started off fast…like, way faster than I meant to and after realizing it, I found a pace that I was pushing myself but could maintain. After glancing at my GPS watch 2/3rds of the way through I realized if I pushed myself just a little harder, I could PR and come in first overall female.  

So, that’s what I did.  As soon as I started pushing myself though, I felt a little tinkle. Then another. With every step another tinkle.  

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By the time I finally crossed the finish line I hear “Congrats, Annmarie Licatese, our first overall female finisher!” but all I could think about was the visible wetness between my legs. 

I quickly retreated to my car where I had an extra pair of pants handy.  You see, I came prepared as this wasn’t the first time this had happened.  On the same exact course just months before, I had also leaked.  Being prepared and knowing that it would happened didn’t stop the feelings of shame.  After changing my pants and drying my tears of embarrassment, I returned to the podium to collect my prize. 

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A solution…

In that moment I was cursing my bladder, wishing that I didn’t have what is called Stress Urinary Incontinence aka SUI, wishing that there was something else besides a pad (which I could never wear) to stop the pee.  So, when I heard that Poise came out with a new discreet product called Impressa that is made to help prevent bladder leakage caused by SUI, I didn’t hesitate to head to the nearest Target and pick up a sizing kit at the store. 


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The Poise Impressa​ comes in a sizing kit so you can determine the best internal fit for you and is used the same way a tampon would be.  The sizing is not about how much you weigh or how much you leak but about the best internal fit for you.  Poise Impressa is designed to help prevent leaks so start with size 1, and if you still leak, move to size 2, then size 3 if necessary.

You can find more information on how to use them on Poise Impressa Bladder Supports​.  You can also earn rewards after purchasing by providing a testimonial on for which you will be given a $25 promo code to

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Side note: It should not be used if you have sudden urges to urinate, that is an entirely different issue.  Try Poise liners and pads for Urge Urinary Incontinence.

It is comforting to know that because of the Poise Impressa Bladder Supports, I can run my best and push myself without having to worry about peeing or feeling embarrassed.  I know that in the moments when I felt those trickles I would slow down just a little to stop the pee from coming.  Now, I am confident that the next time I toe the line at a race, I can do so knowing that I can really give it my all.  

Another way that I have been working to combat SUI is by incorporating DVRT (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training) exercises to engage and strengthen my pelvic floor.  Fellow DVRT Master, Amanda Thebe, specializes in using these corrective exercises which she demonstrates below. DVRT Ultimate Sandbag Exercises to Strengthen The Pelvic Floor {Dynamic Variable Resistance Training, Pelvic Floor Workout, @FitnChips} Ironically, she has also published a post about this very topic with detailed information on each of the exercises and their benefits.  Hop over to her website, Fit’n’Chips, to learn more about them and how you can incorporate each of these exercises into your routine.  

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So, there it is.  Thank you for listening to my wee little story.  I tell it because I know that I am not alone with this problem.  In fact, within the runners community, other mother runners have even shared with me that they also leak a little when they run.  While some laugh it off as “normal”, others are afraid to admit out loud that this also happens to them.  Thankfully, there is now a solution and ways you can combat SUI with both discreet protection and corrective exercises.

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Have you have had a similar experience? 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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