After my first run since February (I've only run 5 times in the last 5 months), I wasn't too sore. But I was also aware that running can stimulate my bowels (not that I had forgotten) and so there was also the sense that I should really do a thorough clean out before my next run (which I would classify as intense to reset my heart rate training zones). Although I had taken a number of water or saline enemas whenever the spirit moved me, its a little different on a running schedule. Being emptied of an enema is essential.
After a long week and the one run, I felt I wanted to be cleaned out and so I arranged my gear for a nice soapy enema. I took on nearly 3 liters of a very soapy enema but not too strong. I used a silicone double balloon nozzle for the first filling with a plan for a regular douche nozzle for all the rinses. The outer balloon kept deflate (a leak in the check valve on the bulb). There were about 200 ml left in the bag when I pulled the nozzle out. Once it was out, I drained the remaining soapy enema solution and poured plain water through the bag to rinse out the remaining soap. I continued to hold the enema, gradually feeling the need to expel increasing as my colon churned the soapy solution in me. The solution was well up into my transverse colon and perhaps flowing down into my ascending colon.
I sat down on the toilet, edged forward as far as I could and leaned back. I continued to hold the enema knowing that I was dribbling a little out with each wave that was passing through my colon. Finally, a wave built that exceeded my capacity to hold it all in and I just allowed the flow to begin without any extra attempt to force the enema out of me. With it came all that had been retained in my colon. I let the flow continue until the initial surge drained out of me. With that initial emptying, the space emptied by that first flow was suddenly being filled by more solution flowing from high up in my colon. With that I could also feel all that had loosened and partially dissolved flow down towards my rectum moving into position for release. If completing insertion of the nozzle and opening the valve is pretty much the best part of the enema, then feeling my colon being cleaned/emptied out is a close second. It was during this time when minor waves of nausea began to occur. I'm not into scat, but the reality of enemas is solution flows in, and crap (softened and/or dissolved) flows out. I was surprised just how much solid material was in my colon. But with each wave where I let the muscles push on their own, the sensation of softened clumps, softened and lubricated by soapy solution, can be an equally sensual sensation that only another enema aficionado could appreciate.
An hour after I had opened the valve, I was mostly drained. I chose to go lay down on my bed to allow the remaining liquid and solids to work their way down to my rectum. I could tell I was mostly emptied out and I didn't expect to fall asleep, but did without rinsing out my colon.
I was laying on a towel in the event there was any sudden leakage (there wasn't) and I woke up 6 and a half hours later. I emptied what remained in my rectum and then processed three rinses of increasing volume starting at 3.5 liters and working all the way up to 4.5. The last two were isotonic saline solutions and the by the third rinse the enema solution discharge was near clear. I felt really cleaned out and crawled back into bed for a couple of more hours. Finally, I was up fixed coffee (to drink, not as an enema) and went to a meeting.
When I prepared for my run this morning, I wasn't concerned with issues associated with my bowels. Even though I had eaten normally on Saturday, I could run without concern with getting my colon active. As I return to running, I'll have to get back to balancing the when I take enemas and when I plan to run.