When digestion has become an obstacle in the running

I’ve since quite long had a problem with the digestion when running. More than half of the times I run for more than 3o minutes I need to throw myself into the woods or hope to find a stationary one (you know what I mean :)) It wasn’t that bad in the beginning, it feels more like it has evolved into something worse over time. And I always do visit the toilet before going running.

I’ve tried to analyze myself to figure out the root cause and the things I come up with is:

  • It doesn’t matter how long since I had a meal
  • Type of food doesn’t seem to change things a lot either
  • A visit to the toilet before running won’t change anything
  • Time of day to exercise isn’t the cause

Today I even couldn’t complete my training. I was close to the end and some 10-15 minutes before or so it had started out as usual with discomfort in the system that I needed to keep back. Then suddenly, I couldn’t take a step more.. I don’t want to get into any details, but “shit!” could work to describe it a little. I just stood still and hoped that I would be able to hold back so thatย  my coworkers didn’t have to come pick me up and take me back to the office in a wheelbarrow or something alike. Luckily I survived through it without any accident ๐Ÿ˜‰

After that I decided that I now need to speak to and maybe book time with a doctor. This can’t be normal. I know that many runners experience problematic digestion and other stomach discomforts, but it shouldn’t be such a big obstacle in the training you need to feel worried about it at almost every run.

Sorry if I make you uneasy, but this has become such a big problem in my running I wanted to share it with you all.. It’s not to punish you, only because I like you for wanting to read about me and want to enlighten you as a reward ๐Ÿ˜‰

Detailed Garmin data

Day 18, build up (Not completed as you can see in lap 9 and 10)
warm up then 5 x 8min paced at 75% effort with 2 min easy in-between

Lap Distance Time Avg Pace Avg HR Max HR Min HR
1 1.82 08:00 4:24 156 165
2 0.331 02:00 6:01 141 160 131
3 1.75 08:00 4:34 161 178
4 0.343 02:00 5:49 149 162 141
5 1.70 08:00 4:42 162 177
6 0.333 02:00 6:00 150 163 144
7 1.64 08:00 4:53 163 174
8 0.332 02:00 6:01 153 163 148
9 1.1 05:24 4:55 162 170
10 0.376 02:17 6:06 150 165 147