Posted by: cruisec0ntr0l | October 13, 2015

Are you suffering from RUNNER’S TROTS?

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Have you experienced having the urge to go in the middle of your training run or during a race? You might be suffering from RUNNER’S TROTS. Know more about it as well as it’s causes, and ways on how to prevent this problem.

WHAT CAUSES RUNNER’S TROTS?

Not entirely clear, however there are contributing factors…

• Physical Jostling of Intestine
• Diversion of Blood Flow
• Increased transit time of Gastro-intestinal tract due to hormonal changes
• Nutrition factors
• Stress
• Pre-race Anxiety

HOW CAN WE PREVENT RUNNER’S TROTS?

Some suggested management strategies include:

• BEHAVIOURAL

• Encourage bowel movement prior to race
• Manage your stress / anxiety by meditating before the race
• Setup pre-run rituals (eg. eating >2hrs pre race)
• Monitor your nutrition during race week
• Understand your bowel habits
• Progress through to high distances gradually
• Clothes comfortable size
• Work on Pelvic Floor muscles – Kegels

• NUTRITIONAL

• Limit milk and milk products
• Limit artificial sugars such as sorbitol
• Limit high fibre foods such as grains, beans, fruit skin, vegetable salads
• Avoid caffeine or energy drinks, gels
• Avoid spicy foods and alcohol
• Keep hydrated

• MEDICAL

• Check out to see if you have one of the following:
• Lactose intolerant
• IBS
• Gluten intolerance
• Other GIT conditions

It is always best to try everything first during training so you’ll know what works well for you. If all else fails, take one (1) capsule if Diatabs an hour prior to training/long run or race.

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*if symptoms persist, consult your doctor. 😉

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