Disclaimer- If stomach issues gross you out, skip this post. Nothing graphic, but let’s get
physical personal today.
All of you runners out there know that tummy troubles are just part of the deal. Long distance especially (I find) means you will encounter something “not so fun” at some point.
I find that when I run >8 miles, my stomach can be sensitive the rest of the day (not always, but frequently). It’s nothing debilitating and sometimes not even noticeable until I eat. This doesn’t surprise me because I’ve always had a sensitive stomach. My mom has suggested that I take Pepcid before those long runs, but I always forget. I do think it’s a good idea.
For the past few weeks, every evening my stomach gets super uncomfortable. I feel bloated and full, and I can tell my stomach is acidy. Now being the incredibly intelligent human being that I am, I just realized YESTERDAY that this has been going on for at least 2 weeks. I talked to my mom about it and she thinks it’s related to my running, nutrient intake (sort of), and stress.
Running: My new training schedule has me do 2 long runs on the weekend (usually >7 miles on Saturday, 10 miles on Sunday). Remember I have a sensitive stomach, and when you have “issues” one day, your body doesn’t necessarily bounce back to normal the very next day (especially if you are ridding your gut of its natural flora). That mixed with the following, and my tummy has no time to recover.
Nutrient intake: I try to keep my diet very fruit, vegetable, and non-animal protein heavy (oh but don’t forget about the frozen yogurt 😉 ). My typical meals are something along these lines:
- Breakfast: over-night oats, oatmeal, NF plain Greek yogurt with fruit and granola, chia pudding, or a smoothie (OR people, I’m not eating all that for breakfast)
- Snack: fruit (usually an apple, orange, or banana)
- Lunch: salad + protein on top (typically one of the following- tofu, tempeh, chicken, fish, beans, nuts, etc.) and some sort of fruit on the side
- Dinner: could be so many different things, but I typically try to avoid refined and processed carbs and eat a lot of salad and veggies
So I feel like I get a wide variety of nutrients all throughout the day. However, this doesn’t matter if you’re having stomach issues and food is moving too quickly through your digestive tract.
I didn’t even think I was having issues until my mom mentioned that I’ve been tired all the time lately. Poor nutrient absorption can definitely lead to fatigue. All started to click…
- I have had some huge projects at work with tight deadlines
- My kitty is sick and I think about her all the time
- Still trying to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life (do I want to go back to school? what do I want to do job wise?)
- Kyle and I are starting to look into buying our first house together
- Running (yes I know this is supposed to be my release and “something fun” but I’m a huge planner and am hard on myself so when I’m not where I want to be, this means pressure and stress)
- Tired all the time- why am I tired all the time? I should have plenty of energy? I’m not getting as much done as I want to after work because I’m so tired. I can’t miss a workout. That means I’m weak. <–all things that pop into my head.
I’ve always been a huge stress ball. This has to do with me being a control freak, a planner, and OCD about certain things. I’m way better than I used to be, but still have plenty of room for improvement. And whelp, stress can cause stomach issues (acid)…
I mean, I missed a workout yesterday because I was just so tired. I made myself feel guilty the whole night instead of allowing myself to relax. I can easily move this workout to Friday (my rest day), but of course I need a little guilt trip first…
So basically all of that combined, we think, is causing me to have tummy troubles. For the next few days I’m going to try to increase my alkaline foods and limit acidic foods. And I will be taking Pepcid regularly (nothing long term). And I’m going to try to not stress out.
Do you have stomach issues during/after runs?
Diet wise- how do you deal with tummy troubles?
Ever give yourself a stomach ache because of stress? Yup yup.