I ran a 20 mile race on Sunday and used 3 lucozade gels (mile 5, 10, 15). I ran it fairly hard and ached somewhat the day after but didn't feel I overdid it. A couple of hours after the race I had a big roast dinner, cheese and biscuits and some wine. The food and drink afterwards were nothing new as I often have a big meal with wine after a race or long run.
On the Monday I started having really, really severe diarrhea which has continued since. Everytime I eat or drink anything it goes through me so quickly and comes out in liquid format (tmi I know). I have to get up a few times through the night as well. I've also had a very 'pinching' stomach and have obviously felt shattered and dehydtrated.
I use lucozade gels during my marathon training on long runs and have never had a problem before. Does anything think this could be connected to the gels I used on Sunday or is it just bad luck and a stomach upset? Btw, I haven't been sick at all although I have felt it a little.
Thank you for any advice.
If you've used the gels before without any adverse effects, I doubt they would suddenly cause a problem.
I think you've probably picked up a bug somewhere. Follow FB's advice and it should go within a day or so. If not, do go to your GP.
Thank you for the response guys. I think I just wanted a little reassurance of some sort (not sure what though). I'm going to go to the chemist and get myself completely bunged up!! I'm on half term with the children so it's not been much fun for them this week.
My husband said perhaps it was something to do with pushing myself a little too hard combined with other factors.
fat buddha wrote (see)
and finally - it's spelt diarrhoea...
The Oxford English dictionary does give diarrhea as an alternative correct spelling.
Liz - hope you feel better soon. I was inclined to blame gels for something similar..... now I'm thinking dehydration is a more likely culprit. Get well soon.
Diarrhea is the American spelling I believe. I prefer it the British way. Or not at all...
Intense activity can temporarily blunt the immune system, and when you think about all of the different exposures you have when taking part in a race it isn't surprising that you might come into contact with germs.
As already said, keep yourself well hydrated, top up your electrolytes, eat little and often (nothing fatty or spicy), and try and rest.
When I have tried gels it takes no more than a few mins for them to have a reaction - ie not stay in my body. they exit as fast as they enter.
nothing like forum anoraks to argue about the spelling of a word!
Sheash, let's just call it the squits and be done with it.
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