Need to poo on nearly every run

How to I sort this out?

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05/10/2008 at 19:22

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 , luckily, I'd taken some tissues in my pocket in case it happened.

I have tried going before I set off, but I never need to go, it only once I've been running a while and things are being jiggled about that things get moving. I have no problems with my pooing normally.

Its really annoying me now, I had to physically stop and stand still till the feeling passed enough to move again quite a few times today before I actually went. I guess I lost about 5 minutes between standing still and walking. I usually run busy routes too so opportunites to nip behind bushes etc are pretty few and far between.

Any hints/tips as to how I can stop it?

jaggy...    pirate
05/10/2008 at 19:27

I started taking Actimel every day and the problem sorted out - I'm sure others will have better ideas cos it's very common. Bizzarely sorted out my IBS as well.

Best of luck - on the plus side you're running career might get sponsored by Andrex........

05/10/2008 at 19:55
you are not alone
05/10/2008 at 20:05

bugger, the search function is now too good and ulls up LOADS of threads so i cant find the best one anymore


lots of us get this

ieven if we "go" before we run

for some people wheat and dairy makes a difference

for me, it miles worse if i am stressd, so races are a night mrae

i take immodium before every race, but even that dont always help

i avoid pasta and too much dairy pre a race,

as far as running goes, I think just accept it will happen , take tissues and plan your route around bushes

the less you stress about it, the bettr it will be

Just my opinion

I =have sufferd with this BIG time for 6 years

05/10/2008 at 20:17

Cheers for that PH. I've only been runninng about 7 months and its only just started these past few weeks  so God knows whats going on.

I think I'll try the immodium and just keep on taking tissues with me. Its just such a pain as it distracts from my running and knocks minutes off my times.

Heres hoping I don't have to poo in bushes for the rest of my running life 

05/10/2008 at 20:22

dopnt do immodium every run

i only do it once a week for races

do you run early am?

might help if you get up erlier and have a cup of coffee to-erm, go

i find if i am running hard that its worse, sort of like my bodys repsonse to physical stress

05/10/2008 at 20:33

Smuffie - you are so not alone.

My worst time is in the afternoon, but I do sometimes have a problem in the morning. Just make sure as far as possible that you have gone before you leave home, some strong tea or coffee should help you there.

Running hard/fast does sometimes make it worse for me, so general plodding and slow running is OK, although not all the time. I can't pin it down to diet for me, but the better I eat the less problems I get I think. So eating regularly, keeping a 'healthy' diet with lots of porridge, fruit and veg and wholemeal stuff seems to work OK.

Do find friendly pubs or other places you can rely on to be open on your routes (or at least a selection of handy bushes!)

There is no cure, just finding what works for you.

05/10/2008 at 20:38
Oh my god - I'm so glad I'm not on my own!  First half marathon coming up next weekend so fingers crossed eh!  (will be taking the usual tissue supplies though!)  Rachel
05/10/2008 at 20:57
The 'excitement' of races usually helps clear things out so you won't need to go on the race itself. Good luck!
05/10/2008 at 21:05
Is it worth having a word with your GP?
There are lots of new medicines around,one of which might help cure/improve this problem.
05/10/2008 at 21:08

My GP is a really good runner, does 8 miles a day and has qualified for the Chicago marathon next year so she'd be a good one to ask.

I just feel a bit daft making an appointment just because I have an uncontrollable urge to poo everytime I go running!

05/10/2008 at 21:16

As has been said lots of people have this. Have you changed your eating habits recently in terms of what / when you eat before a run if the problem has just started recently.  Think back and consider keeping a record of what  / when you eat for a while to see if any patterns establish themselves or happens on every run in future. There are many reasons why this can happen. I find I can have problems if I eat too much friut /  vegetables before a run. Others will have different triggers.

You could try to help things along by doing some exercises earlier in the day or late the night before (sit ups help me) to help you have a good clear out, for want of a better expression, when you visit the loo before your run.

If you stretch befor a run and you have the time try a gently mile jog before the stretch and visit the loo before you start the run properly to see if the jog has helped. This has also helped me in the past.

Good luck. 

05/10/2008 at 21:30

Probably worth asking her - she may be able to suggest something. She may even have experienced it herself. If she has she'll know its no fun once the griping stomach pains start so will probably listen.

05/10/2008 at 21:40

I switched to a high fibre diet, and now I always go pretty soon after getting up in the morning, which suits me fine because I am a morning runner.

Don't know if it'd work for everyone, but it has for me.

Wholemeal bread, fruit'n'fibre, jacket spuds, baked beans, etc, less red meat and more fish or chicken, plenty of fresh veg - it isn't a bad diet!

06/10/2008 at 21:13

I've never suffered from this when running but i do suffer with IBS. Word of advice - if you put your feet on a stool or small box when you're sat on the loo, you can more effectively empty your bowel which may help prevent it happening on your run.

06/10/2008 at 21:26
Put your feet on a stool <snigger> sorry.
06/10/2008 at 21:52


but good advice

this can happen even after you have had a decent poo


07/10/2008 at 13:07
kaybee wrote (see)
Put your feet on a stool <snigger> sorry.

I know Kaybee - I was desperately trying to think of any word other than stool but my mind was empty so I just had to go for it...
13/10/2008 at 21:16

Well, the first half marathon went without even a trace of needing the loo - thank god!  Not sure if cutting out all dairy produce the week before was anything to do with it or it was maybe all down to luck and being taken in by all that was happening with the race - who cares, I managed it and without needing the loo so a great bonus to be had there!

If you suffer like I do, try cutting out dairy produce before a race, see if it helps.



04/11/2010 at 19:42
Weirdly I don't get this on the treadmill but if I run outside I need bushes and tissue. Only started happeneing a few weeks ago.
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