Dr. Oz to the rescue. Runners diarrhea occurs because your intestines are starved for oxygen as your body pushes it to other areas...such as your legs....during a run and is also thought to occur because your inner organs are being thrown around. This leads to the sudden urge to go to the washroom. Upon further research, I came across this website that contained some sage advice for preventing this unpleasant side effect of running:
- At least one day before running, limit or avoid high-fiber and gas-producing foods, such as beans, bran, fruit and salad. If you run every day, experiment to find a tolerable level of fiber. Otherwise, simply eat those foods after you run.
- At least one day before running, limit or avoid sweeteners called sugar alcohols — most often found in sugar-free candies, gum and ice cream.
- For three to six hours before running, limit or avoid caffeine and high-fat foods.
- For at least two hours before running, don't eat anything at all. (this is Dr.Oz's advice as well)
- Before, during and after running, drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration can lead to diarrhea. Avoid warm liquids, however, which can speed food through the digestive tract.
- While running, use caution with energy gels and energy bars. In some people, these products can contribute to diarrhea.
- If you're lactose intolerant, switch to lactose-reduced or lactose-free milk and milk products
So please know that while it may be embarrassing, these things happen and are a part of every runners life. Just let me know ahead of time so I can be sure to run in front of you. Just kidding!!!!