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crazycanuck2010-05-02 06:08:52 +0000 #1
Hi there,

I've not run for a while with our group as my bowels start working just as I want to run.

What can one do to alieviate this problem? I find I can't eat a single thing nor drink anything before & while running as i just have to find a tree or a loo.

I tried drinking Up & Go breakfast drink but that just made me stop at the petrol station rather quickly to use thier loo.

Is this common? Can you help me? This is why i don't run...

mimitabby2010-05-02 06:18:59 +0000 #2
When i first started riding, i had this problem too. I had to eat HOURS in advance and even then it didn't always help.

When i did the STP i was a mess. it's a double century, 100 miles one day and 100 the next. Including the night in between i was up and down all night... When i was done with that ride, I was certain i could do ANYTHING if i set my mind to it; to be able to finish 200 miles sleep deprived, sore and with a totally messed up digestive system...

So maybe you are just doing too much?
whippetgirl2010-05-02 06:48:49 +0000 #3
I have had this problem in the past, too. I discovered that my morning cup of coffee with milk was the problem. I soon discovered that I had developed lactose intolerance. I notice if I eat any dairy the night before (cheese, etc.) I have the same problem. I also have the same problem if I eat dinner too late the night before. I have found it helps to get up an hour before I run, drink my cup of (black) Peet's coffee, wait a bit and go to the bathroom first! I hope you find a solution to your problem. If all else fails, run around the block first, go to the bathroom and then resume your run!
Grog2010-05-02 07:08:42 +0000 #4
I think it's a fairly common problem. I read in some recent Runner's magazine that stomach/bowel issues were really quite important in runners. (September 2006, by Kristin Bjornsen, p. 53)

I also find myself to have much more... hum, active bowels when I run a lot. And I can get a pretty nasty "slushy feeling" sometime that just makes me want to stop. My case fortunately doen't stop me from running.

Maybe if you ran first thing in the morning? I can't run for more than, say, 45 minutes on an empty stomach, but that's a start.

Otherwise I also think there might be something in the lactose. Examine your diet... I NEVER have any milk before I run (although I do have yogourt).

Here are some items taken from the aticle:

- Eliminate dairy 24 hours before running (milk, cheese, ice cream)

- Try acidophilus milk and yogurts with live and active cultures, or replace by soy, rice or almond milks;

- REduce fiber intake (to reduce gas and cramping); replace high-fiber fruits and veggies by low-fiber fruits (ex: cantaloupe, tomatoes)

- Some sweeteners cause GI trouble, stuff ending in -ol. Avoiding gels with fructose as first ingredient.

- Avoiding cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage...).

- ... and beans

Emphasize carbs the night before running.

Be careful with caffeine.

Other things they say: "Easy to take : Sidestep stomach aches with these foods:

- Digestible dairy

- Low-fiber produce

- Refined carbs

- Healing herbs (mint...)

- Root remedy (ginger)."

Good luck. That's terribly annoying. I've found that cutting off milk in the meals immediately before the run solves the problem for me but YMMV...
Tri Girl2010-05-02 06:23:20 +0000 #5
Great advice above. If it happens everytime, it's probably something food related. Maybe it's the surface you run on? Just a thought, but my training partner can only run on the trails or she has serious bowel/stomach problems. It's the surface that causes her agony- on the trails or soft surface she's fine- but put her on pavement or concrete and it's trouble-central down there. Doc said it's the pounding on the hard surface that "shakes things about" (obviously that's not the medically accurate explanation- just my summary). It's nothing she eats, just the surface she runs on. Probably isn't your problem, but again, just a thought.



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