Is there a doctor in the house or do I buy a cork?
Need some help please.
Whenever I do a distance run my guts seem to churn inside out at the 9/10 mile mark which results in me having to find a toilet pdq or in the case of my half marathon today at Tonbridge Wells junping over a fence and dashing through brambles to find a convenient bush!
I have tried taking immodium tablets beforehand amd on other occasions I have used loperamide tablets both of which do not work.
Doesw anyone have any other suggestions or are there any Doctors who could recommend a suitable alternative so that I could ring my Doctor with a request rather than take up his time with an appointment?
thanks in advance for your help and yes, I know Robert Dyas does a nice range of corks!
Hiya Bill, I'd make an appointment with your doc but I'd keep a diary of what you're eating before a run to see the difference/"triggers". I know that could also affect your "regularity"
Not sure immodium is such a great idea, Bill. I think it works by dehydrating you, so not the best idea for distance running. Even if I'm wrong about how it works, it makes me feel , even if it does what it says on the packet.
A lot of us get the same thing. The only thing that works for me is cutting down on veggies/fibre and drinking loads of fluid in the couple of days before an LSR or race, coupled with making sure I get up in plenty of time for the inner me to wake up as well. Even then it's touch and (try not to) go.
Hope they don't quote this thread in the magazine
bill s.. loperamide and imodium are one and the same thing but seems they arnt working for you. weetabix is fibre so perhaps try something different? also gels that have sorbitol may be a problem. sorbitol is a laxitive and can produce the unwanted effect! do you have gels before the 10mile point?
could also be down to pre-race nerves? there are different types of imodium. the imodium instants may work as they are designed for short, acute bouts of diarrhoea and can act in under 1 hour. hope some or any of this helps?
Ahhh...I was a bear in the woods on my LSR on Sunday. Not an experience I am keen to repeat. I had 3 weetabix and an SIS gel before I went out. Am going to try jelly beans next time in an attempt to avoid the shrubbery. Have a half coming up next month so am looking to get this sorted...
I always make sure I 'empty' out before I go on an early morning long run otherwise I have the same problem. I have a cup of senna tea (available from Holland & Barrett) just before going to bed and find it does the job so nicely the following morning that there really is nothing more!
Senna is a natural laxative. The tea's not great but it does the job.
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