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11/15/12 12:43 P

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I occasionally have GI issues too but am no expert, but unwittingly I followed both Carolyn and Nancy's advice for my first HM last week. I ate my prerace dinner early at 6pm (it was a light meal and not heavy on fiber), then got up early to--ahem--shall we say "lighten the load" emoticon

my breakfast was 1.5 hours before race and very light too, toast & coffee (must have coffee!), then a bite of stinger-waffle just before my warm-up. I was a bit earlier awakening on race day but everything else was very similar to my long-run training ritual.

One thing I would add is that I was careful to continuously hydrate in the 3-4 days before my race. I drank lots of water and herb tea. I think this helped keep things "running smoothly" and helped me feel comfortable while running, maybe that will help you, too?

Anyway, I hope you find something that works for you and that you enjoy your first half-marathon! Mine was one of the best experiences of my life and I hope yours is that for you!
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11/14/12 7:35 P

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Carolyn, good advice. If I eat anything within an hour or so of going to bed I have terrible indigestion during my run and after. The indigestion and reflux I have during my run was bad enough to cause my vocal cords to cramp which wouldn't allow me to breath. Not a good thing during a run.
I'm now a big fan of making sure my belly is empty before going to bed.

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11/14/12 8:46 A

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To help avoid tummy/gastro issues eat your dinner EARLY the night before the race in order to give enough time to completely digest your food overnight. Finishing your meal before 6:00 p.m. is probably enough time (I like to eat around 5:00 the night before).

Then you need to make sure you empty completely the next morning. If you can't use the bathroom first thing in the morning, get to the race at least 1.5 hours before the start and do what you need to ensure you go - walking, light jogging. You may be nervous before the race which can make it harder to go, but by getting there early you'll start to relax a bit and then have enough time to wait in the lines.

Also, review the course to find find if there are potties along the way and where they are.

I wish you a great race. Enjoy!

-Carolyn

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11/13/12 8:45 P

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I agree with Nancy, nothing new before or during the run. However I would tend to have something ready to take as soon as I crossed the finish line in case I did feel bad.
Be ready to drink some extra water also.
Best of luck to you on your first half marathon.
Have fun!


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11/13/12 6:45 P

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May I ask have you used any other type of concentrated carbs on your training runs, such as Clif Shots or Gu? A close friend of mine has to be very careful what kind she takes, saying that Clif Shot's "organic" ingredients cause her GI issues. Just a thought....

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11/13/12 4:17 P

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Coach Nancy,

I figured you would say that. I have gotten through quite a few runs where my stomach has given me issues just by walking for a while. It usually goes away. Thanks for the feedback!

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11/13/12 4:04 P

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I just want to caution, however, that not practicing ahead of time and not knowing how your body will respond to these OTC meds may have worse consequences. You have to be especially mindful of making sure your hydration is on par as these OTC meds draw fluid from the gut...I just think your first half would not be the time to try something new.

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11/13/12 4:00 P

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Depending on how I'm feeling that morning, I always take either pepto or imodium race morning. It gets me through just fine with way less issues than I'd have if I didn't.

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11/13/12 3:59 P

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TAGPOINTE,

I would not recommend doing anything new before a race especially trying Pepto. If you want to try cutting back on caffeine and high fiber foods--all which can cause GI issues, that would be fine, but I would not recommend running your first half without having practiced during a training run.

Coach Nancy

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11/13/12 3:52 P

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I'm now five days from my first half marathon and I have a burning question. Most of my long runs I have had tummy issues. Most of the time I could run through it and it went away but some I had to stop. Would anyone suggest me taking some pepto before the race? The reason I ask is because I have always been warned not to try anything new the day of the race and I haven't tried it for any of my long runs. Does anyone see a problem with me taking some?

"If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn't run hard enough." --Steve Jones, former marathon world record holder
Rattlesnake run 8k 10/17/09 : Done! 1:07:17
Wesley Chapel 5k 11/7/09: Done! 37:04
Gasparilla Distance Classic 5k 2/27/10: Done!43:04
Gasparilla Distance Classic 5k 2/26/11: 40:03
Women's Half Marathon!!! 11/18/12: 03:12:32


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