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Old 08-10-2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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Ok, I'm not ashamed to say, I pooped myself on my run this morning. I have bathroom problems every long run but I usually make it to a potty on time. I've kept a food log, that isn't helping. I take imodium before every long run. Is there ANYTHING I can do to stop me from having to poop when I run long?
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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Ugh. I'm sorry that happened to you.


Beyond avoiding apple juice and fiber the morning/night before I'm not sure what to tell you. I've also read that avoiding high-fat foods, caffeine and sugar helps. Maybe reducing dairy? You might want to also fiddle around with your nutrition during your run...maybe something is not agreeing with you? I think it's going to take some trial and error on your part.

For me, I always make sure to have a cup of coffee about 1.5-2 hours before my run and use the bathroom before I leave. It might mean adding some time to my pre-run routine but it's worth it.
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:55 AM   #3
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Ok, I'm not ashamed to say, I pooped myself on my run this morning. I have bathroom problems every long run but I usually make it to a potty on time. I've kept a food log, that isn't helping. I take imodium before every long run. Is there ANYTHING I can do to stop me from having to poop when I run long?
This is my fear...well just having to go #2 in a porta potty is my fear. I've debated taking Imodium but just doesn't sound like that would be good either.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:26 AM   #4
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I'm still working on my own problems with this (I'm mainly on a treadmill though, so that's good), and I have no answers (though I suspect it's dairy?). But I just have to say that I'm sorry it happened.


Just an off chance idea that just came to mind...do you eat anything with inulin in it? It's derived from chicory root, and it's in a LOT of things. Like Fiber 1 cereal bars and such. With some people, it has an extreme effect on bathroom needs.

It's not something I would normally feed my son, but once at a WW meeting they passed out a sample of something with ingredients that were otherwise OK (I didn't know at that time to look for inulin), and I let him eat it. Not half an hour later he was having an extremely URGENT need for a bathroom right then and there. (and he's highly regulated in that way, so this was definitely from the inulin)

If that's in your diet, it could be the culprit.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:28 PM   #5
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Same thing with a number of artificial sweeteners....I have IBS, so can totally sympathize. My sister has it too....we know the location of every bathroom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Sigh.

The good thing is that you can get a handle on this, but you will need to really work on it. Analyze EVERYTHING you are eating and drinking. Take a close look at all ingredients. The sweetener in sugarless gum will set me off. Who would have thought?

Know that temperature when you are running may play into this. I have to be much more careful the hotter the temps. I also cannot tolerate cold liquids to drink. Everything has to be at least room temp.

What is your diet like the 2 days before your long runs? I keep mine really bland (okay bland and kind of boring) the 2 days before when I have a long run in the heat and 1 day before when the temps are in the 50s or less. Both my sister and are partial to plain grilled chicken with naked pasta for dinner the night before long run or race, but we have different strategies for breakfast. I am a plain bagel girl - I have to forget any toppings even though I would LOVE to be able to do peanut butter on the bagel. My sister, on the other hand, can't tolerate bagels, but does wonderfully with an uncrustables PBJ or 2 depending on her planned distance.

You may want to strip down your diet so you don't have too many variables - like a science experiment. With too many variables you can't find the culprit or culprits that are setting you off. My sister and I had to play this game for a while to figure out what worked and what didn't. For example, for dinner the night before we each only had grilled chicken and plain pasta - no sauce for the pasta, no veggies, no potato or rice, no salad, nothing to dip the chicken in, no dessert, no bread...you get the idea, when I say just those 2 things I am serious. We had room temp bottled water to drink with the meal.

For breakfast we both started with plain bagels and again bottled water. No coffee, tea, soda, milk or juice. We would each take an Imodium with the breakfast.

If you have a successful run without an issue try adding one thing to either your dinner or breakfast, but not both. This is kind of like trying to figure out food allergies...a pain in the neck, but worth it when you hit on your triggers and can learn to avoid them.

This is probably way TMI, but I understand completely how you can be at your wits end over this. I was so frustrated that I came very close to completely giving up racing long distances which I love. So, on the positive side both my sister and I have conquered this problem. Sure, we still have the occasional issue, but it is no longer a constant problem. I have done at least 3 dozen races from 5k to a full in all temps over the last year without 1 nasty episode. Yay!

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Old 08-11-2013, 02:34 PM   #6
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Same thing with a number of artificial sweeteners....I have IBS, so can totally sympathize. My sister has it too....we know the location of every bathroom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Sigh.

The good thing is that you can get a handle on this, but you will need to really work on it. Analyze EVERYTHING you are eating and drinking. Take a close look at all ingredients. The sweetener in sugarless gum will set me off. Who would have thought?

Know that temperature when you are running may play into this. I have to be much more careful the hotter the temps. I also cannot tolerate cold liquids to drink. Everything has to be at least room temp.

What is your diet like the 2 days before your long runs? I keep mine really bland (okay bland and kind of boring) the 2 days before when I have a long run in the heat and 1 day before when the temps are in the 50s or less. Both my sister and are partial to plain grilled chicken with naked pasta for dinner the night before long run or race, but we have different strategies for breakfast. I am a plain bagel girl - I have to forget any toppings even though I would LOVE to be able to do peanut butter on the bagel. My sister, on the other hand, can't tolerate bagels, but does wonderfully with an uncrustables PBJ or 2 depending on her planned distance.

You may want to strip down your diet so you don't have too many variables - like a science experiment. With too many variables you can't find the culprit or culprits that are setting you off. My sister and I had to play this game for a while to figure out what worked and what didn't. For example, for dinner the night before we each only had grilled chicken and plain pasta - no sauce for the pasta, no veggies, no potato or rice, no salad, nothing to dip the chicken in, no dessert, no bread...you get the idea, when I say just those 2 things I am serious. We had room temp bottled water to drink with the meal.

For breakfast we both started with plain bagels and again bottled water. No coffee, tea, soda, milk or juice. We would each take an Imodium with the breakfast.

If you have a successful run without an issue try adding one thing to either your dinner or breakfast, but not both. This is kind of like trying to figure out food allergies...a pain in the neck, but worth it when you hit on your triggers and can learn to avoid them.

This is probably way TMI, but I understand completely how you can be at your wits end over this. I was so frustrated that I came very close to completely giving up racing long distances which I love. So, on the positive side both my sister and I have conquered this problem. Sure, we still have the occasional issue, but it is no longer a constant problem. I have done at least 3 dozen races from 5k to a full in all temps over the last year without 1 nasty episode. Yay!

Know you have full support here on these boards. Sending hugs your way!

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My fear is that I might be staring to develop IBS, my mom has had it for most of my life!!

I went out this morning for another run and redeemed myself! I took a dose of Imodium before bed last night, and another dose this morning. I still had to use the bathroom at the same place but I was able to have more control because there was more firmness to it. So sorry for the TMI!!

Okay, thanks so much for the tips, I will really start to keep an eagle eye on what I eat, I'm determined to NOT let this affect my distance running

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Old 08-11-2013, 03:13 PM   #7
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No recommendations but can sympathize in a way. I was in a 5k two weeks ago and had to jump over a slippery puddle when I 'leaked'. Sadly it was not the first time.
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I agree it may something you are eating that is triggering this. I have Crohn's and have to be very careful of what I eat on my weight lifting days.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:46 PM   #9
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Little late here...

I would suggest seeking medical help if you cannot pinpoint the issue soon. We all have a run or so where the issue occurs, but it sounds like the frequency of occurrence may warrant professional care.
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You could take the opposite approach and try a glycerin suppository. It usually takes effect quickly and you can have it done with. It doesn't have lingering effects like Imodium will.
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I'm also struggling with this on my long runs. Last night I did a practice run for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. I was at the gym trying a late night run and I had bad gas. That's usually a warning sign for me and I started getting paranoid. And embarrassed. I was glad it was late and the place wasn't busy. AM runs are easier, I just have to wait for my morning movement before I start my run.
I do a run/walk combo and I've found that going slower helps. I do more frequent walk breaks and also slowed the pace of my running segments.
I'm going to have to try changing up my eating habits before longs runs. I'd like to be faster.
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