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I’ve recently been asked the question every new runner asks themselves but does not necessary ask others, and that’s,
It’s a question I’ve asked myself as well but never really researched. I just adapted to my bodie’s pattern. All I know if those things in my body generally work better when I’m in a active running cycle. So I told my friend I would do the research and here is what I’ve found.
It’s a pretty personal question to ask someone, and if you’re not too comfortable asking it, use google. She does well in answering all kinds of embarrassing question for people. I Googled – as was pleasantly surprised to see that there are lots, and lots and even more articles on the subject. It turns out your not too special to have your bowls react to your newly changed lifestyle.
When you go for a run, everything in your body is moving, bouncing side to side and up and down, this is a bit disturbing to your body. In the article Avoiding Gastric Distress During Runs and Races, Jackie Dikos explains it in a very simple manner – and it’s the best way to pun in words:
So having to go to the bathroom mid-run is a very common thing for athletes, have you ever wondered why the porter-potties at the beginning of a race always has a queue? It’s because your body goes into a stress mode pre- race – so it enters a form of flight or fight mode. Forcing the body to get rid of anything that it doesn’t need at that moment.
In 2005 whilst competing in the London Marathon, Paula Radcliffe had experienced those annoying cramps and could no longer avoid them. She had to stop, and do her thing next to the road, in front of all the spectators. She said she simply couldn’t wait any longer, it was unavoidable. She went on the win the race. So I guess all’s well that ends well.
You can read more about her experience here.
I read another article on Running competitor that stated that a review in The International SportMed Journal about gastrointestinal (GI) problems in runners reported that studies have found between 30-83 percent of runners are affected by GI disturbances. One separate study of long-distance triathletes competing in extreme conditions even found that 93 percent of them had at least one symptom of GI distress.
“GI issues are certainly a race day and long run day problem,” said Darrin Bright, the medical director for the Columbus Marathon, who also runs and coaches. The most debilitating and annoying of these GI issues? The sudden and overwhelming need to evacuate your bowels. In cases of extreme frequency or discomfort, this is known as runner’s diarrhea.
The one thing I know is that is actually good to go to the bathroom – and that colon cancer in much less common on Runners than non runners. So don’t be too worried about it, just plan ahead and work with your body.
When this started to happen to me I just planned ahead. I prefer running in the morning first thing. No breakfast or anything, just get up and go. So I made a point to just get up 20 min earlier, have a luke warm glass of water to wake up my metabolism. (its not very appetising, but it helps.)
Another interesting article by Adam Kelly also painted a good picture as to how clever our bodies are .“Naturally or primitively, we are designed to eat and drink while at rest, then take a snooze, before setting off to go hunting or gathering food again. So if there is food in there, the body wants to get rid of it, as quickly as possible. Here in lies the poop problem,”
Have a lovely day!