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I wonder if anyone could help me. I suffer from absolutely dreadful runners tum.
It's been going on for a couple of years now but is getting worse and worse. I don't eat for at least 3 hours before running (often more), I take Imodium and I ensure I'm well hydrated but nothing seems to help.
I used to get it only on longer runs or where I was pushing myself (a race or an intervals session) but now it's creeping into my easier runs too. I do think that nerves plays a part in it but the worse it gets the more I do think about it.
It lost me loads of time in the two marathons I've done and countless other races have found me in the bushes at least once. There have also been occasions where I haven't had any control iyswim.
I just don't know what to do now. I ran a half marathon on Saturday and was okay until about mile 10 when it kicked in big time. I purposefully hadn't eaten any breakfast and only fuelled for the race with some sports beans beforehand and 3 squares of Clif Shot bloks at the 6 mile mark. I have tried racing without the shot bloks/beans but still have the upset tum so I don't think they are contributing.
I really think it is just the jiggling around that does it to me. I used to be very overweight and suffered with IBS but since I stopped eating rubbish that doesn't happen any more but maybe years of having it have left me weak gut muscles or something?
I'd be really grateful to hear any suggestions as a nappy is looking like the only option and although I can have a joke about it afterwards it really isn't very funny at the time!