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