Need to poo on nearly every run

How to I sort this out?

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08/11/2010 at 22:09

Trial and error like everyone above has said.

I also have bouts of IBS - can be fine for months on end and then suddenly get horrendous stomach issues which obviously is detrimental to my running.

I've found Buscopan to be somewhat effective - I think it's got anti-spasmodic agents which help to stabilise everything in the gut and stop it getting so 'jiggy' (of want of a more medical term!)

Also, I only ever eat pasta as my evening meal (i.e. after running) - wouldn't touch the stuff at lunch.

Fruit and veg are obviously essential for keeping healthy but they can also work against us too - some people can't handle excessive amounts of roughage.

Maybe keep a food diary alongside your training log so you can try to pinpoint the problem. 

And as others have said, you are definitely not alone!

09/11/2010 at 21:28
Why don't you plan your runs so you are passing your house around the 3 mile dodgy time - that way you can nip in to your own loo, do your business (sorry, sounds like I'm talking to a dog), then carry on running. 
10/11/2010 at 08:32
I had exactly the same problem when I ran a lot. I adopted a bush on my route. The bush was called George
10/11/2010 at 23:04
I feel with you, Stu. I used to nip into a certain potato field to loose my weapon of mash destruction.
11/11/2010 at 14:07
LOL that is funny you daft tater
11/11/2010 at 15:52
Well there are loose stools and loose stools but advising someone to pass their house goes too far imo
19/03/2013 at 19:13

I need to go whilst running have stomach like cramps but also blood in stool, does anyone else suffer with this?

20/03/2013 at 03:03
You may have haemorrhoids. If you have blood in your stool regularly, then you should see a doctor.

Oh and thank you!!
The next time my dog takes a dump in the street and a neighbour complains, I'm going to blame the local running club...
22/03/2013 at 22:03
Steve C you made me lol. Did everyone else miss that one?

Just to put the cat among the pigeons so to speak I have exactly the opposite problem and cant go at all when I know I've got a run coming up especially when it's a race. It's definately stress related and like you guys I also suffer from IBS but for me running with a bloated tummy and feeling heavy is as bad as needing to go mid race!

I've actually found that cutting out bread helps me a lot with the IBS and the stress and makes me more regular all round.
23/03/2013 at 19:41
I have IBS and the squirts when I do challenge events or even just a long walk. I also get stomach cramps due to trapped wind. I've been to doctor, watched my diet, etc.
I also have bouts of migraines. Both issues you read about diet triggers and abt keeping a food diary. Truth is it rarely helps. There can be many minor and major triggers. Catch one miss most of them and you're not any better off.
IBS is not a diagnosis but a catch all phrase when they don't know what is the cause.
My doctor told me it is safe to take immodium frequently if you have an issue. A lot take it the morning of a race.
Milk is often claimed as a cause. Cutting it out is one option. Before you do try using only uht milk for a while. Abt 1-1.5 years and then try putting normal milk into your diet. It is a trick that worked for me and others I know. Only something like 10% are actually milk intolerant. Although the figure who claim it are a lot higher.
23/03/2013 at 22:35
James, I have the same. Cramps, blood and mucus in stools (sorry!) I have ulcerative colitis so worth speaking to gp? Lanky lad , I agree, have tried keeping food diary so often and got nowhere. I am panicking about marathon next month bc no telling if it will be a good day or a bad day!!!
23/03/2013 at 22:47
23/03/2013 at 23:55
Steve C, Silvertop LOL.

Reminds me of a telephone conversation I had with my boyfriend who was passing Mold (town near home).
24/03/2013 at 18:12

I'm an early morning runner - especially for Sunday long runs.......and I ALWAYS go before I go out running........even if it means hanging around the house for an extra few minutes before hand.

Except today! and guess what? An hour into my 3hr 30m run I got that feeling.!!

Now beeing an enterprising chap and a proper Urban Warrior (no Countryside luxury for me) I made sure I had a 20p coin for the Public Tardis Bogs that adourn the High streets of South Birmingham.

What I hadnt considered was that some-one else would be in there at 6.40am on a snowy Sunday!!

.....and the look on the guys face.....half apologetic, half smirking, as he emerged from the poo-pod......well lets just say, I should have given it 20 minutes!!

10/06/2013 at 18:29

I would recommend keeping a close eye on what you are eating and seeing whether there is any correlation with it and your need to poo. 

I mostly eat plants in some form or other so my digestive tract is pretty swift. Generally, once I'm up and about and have had my two morning craps (no idea why, 10 minutes apart, first one is like a warm up and the second is the main event!) that's it for the day.

Unless....I've had something with lentils in for lunch.  In which case, walking to the train 5 hours later can be risky, let alone running  

Another running friend of mine has the same issue, except with apples.  He's fine, unless he has eaten an apple in the 4 - 6 hours beforehand in which case it's "bush time"....really odd.

Something else that might help is having a strong coffee an hour before you run.  That can stimulate things and enable you to have a clearout before you go.

What a great topic!

12/02/2014 at 12:34

Lol, this is such an unusual topic.

This has been a slight problem for me for the past year, Valencia marathon in November lost five or six minutes waiting for a loo.

Started running trails / off road this year and boy the problem has become ten fold worse. This morning was fairly typical, try as I might, no chance of going beforehand 6 to 6:30, two miles into the run and the bushes are thee only option. Five miles later and desperate to go again. Small upside is being offroad the bushes option is far easier than if I were pounding the roads!

The actual output seems really healthy, not diarrhoea like in any way, but the amount is frightening. Probably goes cap in hand with a massive increase in what I eat on a daily basis since going off road and upping the miles.

Seriously starting to feel guilty about the amount I am leaving around the locality!!


12/02/2014 at 15:44

Carry a plastic spade in a big bum bag and dig it over if anyone asks just say you are burying a body.

12/02/2014 at 17:13
smuffie wrote (see)

For the past week or 2 I've had a desperate need to poo on any run over 3 miles. I'm OK for the 1st mile or 2 then suddenly the feeling comes and I need to go

Luckily, I've managed to nip into a pub a few times, but I went out for 5 miles today and ended up pooing behind some tree's


So it was you? Took me hours to clean my running shoes....

01/04/2014 at 17:44

I have given up the fight and consider my daily deed a service to the countryside. Setting off on a run after 08:00 and the problem doesn't exist but this is not practical most days of the week.

02/04/2014 at 14:42

I used to have a similar problem, but now i come in from work drink a glass of water and then sit on the loo for a couple of minutes telling everything to empty more often then not it works, and then I go out for a run, that seems to work for me.

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