Unless you were not up to the distance and badly stressed I would say it was just bad luck. However if you are running with food in your stomach, 13 miles of sloshing about inside you might understandably make you feel unwell and upset your system.
Possibly if the Powerade bottles were opened with dirty hands, before the arrival of the runners', you might have picked up a nasty germ.
Hi, I once ran a 20 mile race fairly hard but enjoyed every minute of it and thought I'd rehydrated well throughout the race. Shortly after finishing I ate a huge roast dinner with plenty of vino, but this is nothing new for me after a race. However, the following 3 days were a nightmare with stomach cramps and chronic diarreah (sp). Everything I ingested came out the other end immediately, although I felt perfectly well in myself.
I put it down to my body being over-exerted (not a bad thing) and completely thrown out of synch. AFter 3-4 days I'd had enough and took some Immodium which sorted the problem immediately. I have since run other races and not suffered the same problem but I am aware it may happen again.
Put it down to experience and be ready with the Immodium next time.
13 miles run is 13 miles no matter the time taken so do not knock yourself.
However having only been running for six months and to be on your feet running a race for 2 hours 46 mins would be a massive jolt to your system. You must have good endurance. I am sure you would never have walked continuously, never mind run, for that length of time before!
Very well done.
Helen - well done on the half you did good - it's not about speed for me either. Long distance is long distance and you did it. Not many people do
I get dodgy tummy after long distances and recently even 5-6 miles are causing my tummy to complain. I can't put my finger on exactly why yet but I am sure in time a process of elimination (scuse the pun) will help me discover what works for me hopefully the same will happen for you.
I think the immodium instants in our pockets wont do us any harm though just in case
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