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6/11/14 9:18 P

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Thank you PASTAFARIAN, loved the article title and the information within was awesome! I love reading about others that have the same problem. Not that I want them to suffer but rather its nice to know I'm not the only one!! I actually read several more articles she had written and the information was very helpful!!!

RABBLE-RABBLE - Although someone else suggested running for a mile and then hitting the bathroom, then finishing the run, I have not tried it yet. I have been able to get my longer runs in by doing what you said: "have a quick breakfast then wait about an hour (hitting my home bathroom right before heading out) before starting my longer runs". This helps a lot!!

I have started to drink milk, too. This helps my bowels from being so soft, which allows me extra time before I HAVE to go. But eating a couple of hours (even something small and light) helps me go just before I head out to run, short or longer runs!! Thanks again for the help from everyone!!

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6/11/14 6:24 P

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I try to get up early, drink a cup of coffee and have a quick breakfast then wait about an hour (hitting my home bathroom right before heading out) before starting my longer runs. Still end up having to stop for a pitstop during about a third of my runs.

I usually run on the Jordan River Parkway (which runs the length of the Salt Lake Valley and is located just about a mile from home) and fortunately there are bathrooms located every mile or two in case I need to make the quick stop. Still hate doing so as it seems to take me a few minutes to get back in stride once I start again.



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6/5/14 9:51 P

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Another set of suggestions relevant to this topic. The title is humorous but the advice is serious:

www.shutupandrun.net/2012/05/how-to-
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5/31/14 4:47 P

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So I ran 11 miles this morning. I got up early enough to eat pb&j oatmeal with added blueberries. I was then able to use the bathroom before heading out to run. I did not have my bm issue at all this morning!!! I was so happy with the run and not having that issue!! I should be all set for the 1/2 marathon at the end of June!! I want to try to use jelly beans (the sports kind) for training as my miles continue to lengthen!!

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I ran 9 on Saturday and it was an awful run! I did not eat breakfast b/c I didn't get up until 7 and my training group was meeting at 7:45 to run. I was already tired, I had set my alarm at 6:30 to get up with plenty of time to eat and digest. I just couldn't get up!!! I know I'm not getting enough sleep and I need to really work on that! So I didn't eat and after mile 6, I bonked!! I was running with a group member and that is what he called it. It was awful!!! I was wearing my heart monitor and topped out at 167!!!!!!! I just couldn't run very fast for very long for the remaining 3 miles. My legs even started to hurt after mile 6. I haven't felt like that ever while running!!! I now know that I can not get up to run anything over 6 without eating first! I did not have my BM issue, but then again I had nothing in me to cause that!!!! So not eating was a bad idea for me! Every run is a learning experience!! emoticon

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5/23/14 8:49 P

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Thanks!!! I ran Tuesday and was fine for the 5.47 mile intervals. I did not eat a ton of fruits, and stayed away from veggies during the day. I had my normal whole grain bread or rice, whatever was part of breakfast and lunch. I had a bm after getting home from work (normal). Then I ate one bbq chicken leg to eat about 4:30 and had another bm about 6:25. My run was at 6:30. I felt fine the entire run. But once I was done running and had take the time to stretch out, as I was driving home I started to feel cramps but did not go again the rest of the evening. I just was dealing with gas at that point. So I am hoping to stick with this routine for my evening runs to see if I can avoid the issue. I have another 9 mile run in the morning, so I will let you know how I do for that one!

Thanks for all the ideas and articles. I've been reading them and rereading them to gain ideas and knowledge about this issue!! I am just so glad I'm not the only one!!! Makes me feel sooooo much better knowing I'm not! Now I just have to figure out what works for me!

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5/23/14 1:31 P

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Here's another article from Runner's World this morning that not only indicates that there's a new study out on this issue, but includes some hard and fast tips for avoiding tummy upset.

http://www.runnersworld.com/hydration-de
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It says to avoid aspirin NSAIDS and that nitrate supplements may help. Those are some tips I'd never heard before.

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5/20/14 3:59 P

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Aimless- I will let you know what if anything works for me! Thanks for the article!! I'll check it out later tonight after baseball and my run!

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5/20/14 3:57 P

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Emma- I will have to try this when I am running by myself. I'm not sure I would feel comfortable doing this whole running with my group!! Lol but it is a good idea!!

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I have a similar problem and have heard that taking Imodium prior to long runs can help. I haven't tried it yet, because I have such a host of other digestive problems that I don't want to start futzing with it and make anything worse. But you could try experimenting with that. I tried researching this to see if there was any reliable medical information I could find, and there was very little. I found this article by a registered dietitian:

http://www.diarrheadietitian.com/?p=266

Good luck! Gastrointestinal distress is really the worst part about running long distances. If you figure out it, I'd love to hear what the answer is!

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5/19/14 8:48 P

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Well, yesterday I was doing pretty well on my 9 mile run. That was until I hit 7.5 miles. I did not eat anything that morning except a banana just before I walked out the door and I sipped 6 oz of water through out my run. I ate awful (well maybe not awful, but not as good as I usually do) the two days before. So I think I just have this issue. I am hoping to try to eliminate the issue for races and just try to work in a bathroom break while running. I have read several articles and talked to a fellow runner friend of mine, this has helped me realized that it is not only me! Which makes me feel so much better!!! But not only that, but I may or may not be able to control the issue. So I will keep working on things to help me overcome the issue. I'm just glad to know its not just me with this problem!! emoticon Thank you for your help and info!!!!

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5/17/14 9:06 P

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Thank you!! I will let you know as I continue to use this article for research!!

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See if anything in this article sounds promising: www.active.com/nutrition/articles/10
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5/15/14 5:26 P

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Honestly it varies what I eat and the time frame. I usually always have a BM before I run in the evenings. But then always have to go again while running!!! I try to eat by 4:30 then run at 6:30. I made spaghetti tonight but will not eat until I get home. I do not eat an excessive amount regardless of whether I run or not. Its hard to go into great detail b/c of the topic but I have to go right now, no cramps or pain, just the need to go to the bathroom!!! LOL But since I stopped eating before hand, that has helped. Plus if I stay away from high fiber that helps, too. But I hate not eating fruits and veggies and my whole grain bread/pasta/rice, etc. But I hate having to stop in the middle of my run to go to the bathroom even more!!

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5/15/14 5:15 P

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Your description sounds like you are eating dinner and then running. You said you run at 6:30pm but you didn't say when you eat dinner. Are you talking 10 minutes later? 1 hour? 2 hours?

Also, does this problem occur if you BM before your run? The sheer volume of food you are eating is significant. How large a meal do you consume? Eating more than you want to can stimulate a BM before your run - making it unlikely that you'll need to go during a run.

For most people who eat a consistent diet, it's fine to eat high-fiber foods and whole grains throughout the day and do evening runs. In the evening, I try to leave at least 3 hours before any meal (fibrous or not) and an evening long run. But I've done 2 hour gaps with no problem. I wouldn't want to risk anything less.

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5/15/14 5:14 P

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Thank you Emmaclaire5! I run with a group three times a week and we usually run the same length, hills, intervals or things like that. So I'm not sure I would be able to do this for those runs. Thank you for sharing what your husband does, I will keep that in mind for times when I am able to do this!

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Fortunately for me, I haven't had this issue much, but my husband has. His remedy is to go to his planned run site (a local trail that has a restroom at the trailhead), run out about 1/2 mile and then back 1/2 mile, which usually triggers the belly cramps, then he visits the restroom and runs the bulk of his long mileage after that. When we race, we arrive early enough that he can get in a good warm-up and then take care of business, and he's usually fine for the rest of the race - 5k's thru 1/2 marathons.

Hope that helps!

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I started running last fall and have done several 5ks. I have recently done a 10k and begun training for a 1/2 last month. I am up to running 8 miles and I have over a month left before my 1/2. The question I have for the group is about bowl movements while running. I do not have a problem in the mornings when I run, but since beginning to run with my training group I end up running in the evenings quite often. I have had to stop running and find a bathroom immediately b/c I could not hold it. Now, I will admit I eat fresh fruits and veggies all day along with only whole grains (or as close to whole grain as I can). Since developing the problem, I have begun to stop eating fruits and veggies as well as other high fiber foods on run days. Not to mention not eating dinner before going to run at 6:30, which can be difficult b/c I cook for the rest of my family. So my question is this the best route to go to avoid the problem while running? Or is there something else I might be able to do to help with this problem. Sorry, I know this is not the best topic to discuss, but I NEED help in this area!! Thank you so much!!

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