Judi gave you some AWESOME advice. I just wanted to let you know that this is much more common than you know. It's been stated that at least 50% of runners suffer with this from time to time. Many times it's just changing our diet slightly...things such as avoiding fiber, dairy products (if you are lactose intolerant) even fatty foods before your run. Also make sure you are staying well hydrated before your run. Runner's trots (this is what it is called) can also be exacerbate by dehydration. And of course if you get no relief, your doctor may need to be informed.
Not to worry, we have actually tackled this issue before.
This could be something you are eating or drinking prior to heading out, or it could be something medical. Try keeping a log of what you consume before running, even up to 3-4 hours ahead. Also in that log keep track of time of day, type of running, distance, and even temperature.
You may need to discuss this with your doctor. But do the log first to see if you can detect any patterns (when it's worse for example). If you do go to your doctor, you will be better prepared.
Judi Saskatchewan, Canada
February Minutes: 495
Fitness Minutes: (4,482) Posts: 375 10/12/12 8:10 A
Hi guys - I really really do not intend to be gross with this line of discussion, but I need help. I just started getting back into running about 2 weeks ago after a loooong time of not doing it. It is going amazingly well...after just a couple of weeks I am already up to running about 3 miles with no knee pain, shin splints, etc, which is impressive for my age, weight and physical condition. But the last few times I have run, I have had to stop part way through because I have to POOP! And NOW! It is almost uncontrollable - if I'm lucky there's a bathroom nearby, but last night I had to walk a mile thinking I was about to lose control before I could get to a potty. Does this happen to anyone else? How do you make it stop!!
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