Post # 1
I’m on w6d3 of c25k, which is 25 minutes of running with no walking. My goal is to run a half marathon in March, but we’ll see about that. For the past week, which has been hard for me with the longer runs, when I stop running I feel very nauseus, get bad cramps in my lower stomach, and (TMI ALERT) always have to poop. Is this normal? I’m thinking that it’s just my body adjusting to being pushed harder with the longer runs, but I hate feeling so sick for about 20 minutes after I’m done running! Any advice on how to fix this?!
Post # 3
That is pretty normal for me. Some things that help:
- Make sure you getting enough water – like lots of water! – before, during, and after your run.
- Try eating or drinking something with a little bit of salt (a couple of crackers or diluted Gartorade or Propel) before your run – this has really helped me!
- Stretch before and after your run.
Post # 4
Congrats on all of your hard work on C25K! I’ve been a runner for a long time and have done several longer distance races (half and full marathons). What you’re describing sounds totally normal to me… running takes time for your body to adjust to. How do you feel while you are running? Do you just start to feel bad afterward?
My best advice would be: Always use the bathroom before you start your run, 2) don’t drink too much water before or during your run– you want to stay hydrated, but too much water at once can make you feel sick, 3) Make sure you are going at a pace that works for your body. If you don’t have a heart-rate monitor, I’d recommend getting one and making sure that you aren’t maxing out your heart rate and 4) make sure you take some time to cool down after your run– walk or do some very slow jogging for a few minutes before sitting down. Whenever I sit down too quickly after a long run, I feel overheated and sick.
Hope that helps and good luck!
Post # 5
Congrats on doing the C25K! This is an amazing program that got me running as well.
There are a couple of reasons why this could be happening. The most common reason for having stomach pain after running is due to not eating enough. Do you run first thing in the morning? If you do, try eating a handful of almonds and half a banana about 30 mins before your run. I think that will help you a lot with the post-running pain.
Regarding the poops, this could be from consuming dairy the night before your run. Dairy can aggravate the digestive system and when you run this can further aggravate. Try cutting out dairy the night before your run and you might see a big difference.
Hope this helps!
Post # 6
To some extent, having to poop after running is normal–I think it’s from all the bouncing up and down (http://www.time-to-run.com/doctor/runnerstrots.htm). For me, I like to try to avoid eating for about 2 hours before I run, and make sure I go to the bathroom before. I also make sure I’m hydrated, which means drinking a ton of water in the 1-2 hours before my run, NOT in the 15 or 30 minutes before–there’s no way I’d be able to pee enough out to be comfortable running.
Post # 7
Thanks for the feedback! I run first thing in the morning before work, and I usually don’t eat or drink anything before. I’m going to try nibbling on something and having a glass of water before my next run and see if that helps. I only wake up about a half hour before I start running (sometimes less), so I don’t think having a full breakfast would be good. I drink about 2 liters of water a day, so I stay hydrated throughout the day.
Post # 8
@Boston Bee: I run in the mornings as well, and I end up drinking a couple sips of water right when I wake up so I’m not too dehydrated during the run. Feeling sick just means you pushed your body harder than it was expecting. If you do start feeling that way, back off your pace just a little bit (or walk) until you can recover.
Post # 9
from another view.. what I tell my clients.. Before your run put 5 drops of peppermint oil and 10 drops of ginger oil on your chest and dab a little under your nose. Peppermint opens you up for better breathing and clears your head while ginger is for the nausea and both increase energy. (I’m a massage therapist and always deal with oils and aromatherapy) 🙂
Post # 10
Sometimes I feel sick if I drink too much water while working out, directly before, or directly after. Same with eating.