I am hoping someone can help me!
I have been a faithful recreational runner for years now but recently I have been a little less consistent. Now, normally if I have to take a brief hiatus I have no trouble getting right back out there whenever I decide to start running again. Lately though I have been having the strangest problems. When I run these days I can only run about half of my usual distance before I get these seriously intense lower stomach cramps. They resemble menstrual cramps in a way and are debilitating to a point that I could barely breath and felt nauseous on one occasion. I try to push through it but I usually end up walking/ stumbling back only to have the cramps go away in about 15/20 minutes almost as if they never happened! I thought that maybe I was just rusty and if I kept it up for a few more days, the same way I work through adding a few new miles to my run, I could maybe overcome this thing. No such luck though! The same thing still happens around the same point of the run! I have not changed anything about my diet or my usual routine. I'm almost at my wits end! I don't want to give up running!
Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know what might be wrong or maybe you know of something I could maybe do that would help me overcome this? I am desperate for answers and would appreciate any input!