Post # 1
ALright runner’s this is for you cause I know its a common occurence in running. I just recently started to jog and I love it. However there is one side effect that I am dealing with that I need some help with. I go for about 4 miles total and usually around 2, I get that undeniable urge that I need to poop and I need to poop ASAP. It sucks because it ruins the whole thing for me because the last two miles I’m worried about letting go. There are no bathrooms around and really no place to duck and hide and go (not that I ever would).
So how do I deal with this situation? I usually eat lunch, digest for about 2 horus and go to the bathroom before I leave for my run. Should I leave more time in between or just wait for lunch til after I am done running?
If you have dealt with this, what do you do that seems to work for you to make sure you aren’t in mid run and have that horrible feeling?
Thanks bees. Not something you really want to talk about but I know others have been there before me.
Post # 3
Been there done that 🙂 My secret…. take some imodium before you go. Sounds crazy and usually I don’t have a problem with short runs like that but trust if I’m going out for 10+ miles some Imodium is part of my morning routine! Don’t worry you are so not alone with this!
Post # 4
I’m glad someone asked this question, I’ve just started running and have noticed this too. How long before you run do you take the Imodium? I generally run early evening.
Post # 5
One more thing to worry about while running, maybe it’ll stop me from being concerned about the stupid faces I make while exercising :).
Post # 6
@fivedogsrule: Take the immodium at least 30 minutes before you go running to allow it to work.
OP – One of my good friends is a runner and she usually only has something very small to eat before she runs so the urge isn’t as strong. I’ve been trying to run/jog myself and I found the smaller meal definitely helps. It may be you’re not allowing enough time between eating lunch and running.
Post # 7
My FI and I get this. I found that going prior to running is my only option. If I run in the morning I drink coffee and warm water and then push it out. FI just runs, spends the last half of the run in pain, then violates the nearest bathroom. I prefer my method (which worked for him when he tries)
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Post # 9
Don’t worry, you’re not alone!! I won’t even tell you what happened to me once on a semi-long run (hangs head in shame). But I agree w/other PPs about the immodium.
Post # 10
I’d definitely wait to have a big lunch until after you run; try having a small snack about 45 min before your run. For mid-day runs, my snack is usually a banana and some almonds or a couple rice cakes and an apple. Something with a little natural sugar and easily digested carbs. I eat a large breakfast before my morning runs, but I’ve pretty well trained myself to go about 15-30 min after I eat and then I am out running about 15 min after that. Coffee can help make this happen; half a cup of black coffee for me usually does the trick. I’ve learned that before big runs or races, I get a little nervous, so the adrenaline usually means I need to leave enough time to go twice. Eat foods high in fiber that are easily digestable and they will move through faster.
Post # 11
Running is not even in my vocabulary so I never knew this was something that existed lol. Learned something new today…
@greenviolets: omg, tell us!
Post # 12
I know exactly what you mean. To prevent this, I always go to the bathroom before running. I run in the morning and I have coffee as soon as I get up- that makes me go.
Post # 13
Yep… me too. I participated in (I think) Canada’s largest 10k race of about 50,000 runners at at 5k mark got a slight urge, and by 7k was desperate. So, ended up waiting in the line with what seemed to be about 10,000 other people for the two outhouses… and added an extra 20 minutes to my time grrrr…
Post # 14
@celticbride: I do this, too.
OP, I had major issues with this earlier this year when I was training for a half. I have to basically fully empty out before I go, or I’m miserable. I also only can eat something very small before running. And last, make sure you’re very well hydrated because dehydration can cause this or make it worse. When I was running in the heat this summer, the issue got worse for me, and I learned I had to drink more fluids and replenish my electrolytes during my runs to minimize the problem. Now I start drinking water a couple hours before running, and if I’m doing a long run (over 8 miles), I drink a Gatorade before I run.
Post # 15
@ShiftedLobster: Most embarrassing moment of my life…
I had just moved to Texas and wasn’t really used to the climate. I decided to go on a long run in the evening in July. I didn’t realize that 8:00 in the evening didn’t make that much of a difference when running in Texas in July. My run was a little slower than usual and I guess combined with the heat…I really had to go. I tried to up my pace to get home, because I didn’t know my way around that well and didn’t know where I could stop to “go.” I got to the porch and was almost inside….but I didn’t quite make it.
Post # 16
Oh yes, this used to be a big problem for me. What I do is run in the morning before eating or drinking any coffee. If I run at night I’m usually fine and I don’t ever run in the middle of the day since I work full time and it’s too hot 10 months/year where I live anyway. My biggest issue is on long runs over ~15 miles or in races and then I do take immodium. The only problem is sometimes it works too well and that’s pretty uncomfortable!!