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RUNNINGAWAYINTN Posts: 473
7/15/11 8:08 A

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I love almond milk! My hubby is lactose intolerant...so we just decided that we'd all do away with regular cow's milk. We tried soy milk and it was fine too...but after trying almond milk we (hubby, son, and I) were hooked! We use it on cereal and such too. Fortunately dairy wasn't a trigger for me for IBS (unless it was something like full fat cream....fat seems to be a trigger for me).

How exciting!!! I have never been anywhere in Europe and London is a place I'd like to go someday...to run a half there would be awesome! Good luck to you!!!

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7/14/11 3:46 P

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Thank you so much for all the great info! I also try and fit in my long runs in the AM
I have found that dairy is a trigger food so I eat soy yogurt sub reg milk for almond milk and other vegan "dairy" options. I have not converted to vegan, but I like the selection they have for dairy replacements.

The half marathon I am training for is Run to the Beat in London. I am so excited they are suppose to have 17 live bands along the course!

I have joined the HM page..lots of good info. I will have to get more involved in that blog for sure!

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RUNNINGAWAYINTN Posts: 473
7/14/11 10:45 A

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Hello!!! I too suffer from mild IBS-D. Generally if I'm not in an all out flare up, running doesn't cause one. However....running does cause your intestines to start moving and it is not uncommon for all runners (even those without IBS or other gastro issues) to have a lot of gas or urgency to go (including full out D) during and right after the run. So what you are experiencing is normal.

I found that when I was training for my first half it was worse than it is now that I'm training for my third half (which is also in September). I think once your body adapts a little more to the longer running, your gastro system should also adapt some.

Make sure you are drinking a lot of water...that has helped me. Also, I eat a yogurt daily (and I just starting taking Culturelle probiotic so I'm going to see if that helps even more). And I've had to experiment with what I can and can't eat the day before and even right before I run. I usually run in the morning so I don't have anything for shorter runs...and for longer runs I'll have something small like oatmeal or a banana or toast about an hour beforehand. This gives me something in my belly but not enough that it should cause gastro distress.

Hang in there and know that this could just be normal...or even if it is IBS...you CAN work with it. This shouldn't derail your running efforts. :)

And head on over to the SP Half Marathon board sometime too, there are GREAT people over there! Good luck on your training!!! Which half marathon are you training for?

Edited by: RUNNINGAWAYINTN at: 7/14/2011 (10:47)
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7/12/11 4:26 P

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I am currently training for a half marathon that is in Sept. During some of my runs I get this strong bloated feeling followed by the urge to either pass gas or head towards the toilet. I'm not sure if its the movement of running that causes my stomach to act up or just another occurrence of IBS. I suffer from IBS-D.

I was just wondering if others had experience these events while running.

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