running while running
In The Bushes asks:
I am a long distance runner -- that is, I run marathons. I also suffer from IBS. My problem is: I often have to make a "run" for the bushes while I'm out on a run. And then it burns like hellfire! The worst is that I sometimes do training runs with other people, and then they have to wait for me to do my business. I have found that if I don't eat for at least twelve hours before a long run, I can usually make it; but then, of course, I run out of steam somewhere around the 15th mile. Any suggestions?
Dear In The Bushes,
Thanks for the question. As I don't personally run anywhere (except to the store for wine), I am going to have to just use some plain old common sense here.
Exercise such as jogging or running can really stir up the bowels. (Someone told me this once.) That's why I don't run. That, plus the fact that I am basically a very lazy person.
Seriously, if I were in your shoes, I would first:
- Ask my doctor what to do.
- Follow a VERY low fat, high fiber diet for two days before a run.
- Perhaps try a gentle enema such as Fleets about two hours prior to the run.
Bear in mind that I have no medical reasons for this advice, except for A. The other things wouldn't hurt you to try.
I am sure the other highly trained athletes who frequent PoopReport will chime in with more advice for you, so check back in.
Thanks for asking Poonurse!
Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.
Poonurse is an RN with 25 years experience in labor and delivery. Her qualifications include seeing a lot of poop, and owning a computer. Also, she works in Michigan, which she calls the asshole of the universe, so that's another bit of credibility.
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