There’s nothing worse than having your insides rebel against you when you are running an intense event like the Cascade Lakes Relay. Relays are notorious for wreaking havoc on your internal systems, so finding ways to manage your digestive tract can mean the difference between a great race and an uncomfortable experience. What is helpful to know is that there are multiple causes of g.i. distress when it comes to running. Some are preventable, while others must be managed. Here’s a guide to the different ways your stomach can go south and ways you can manage so that it doesn’t get the best of you.
It’s no coincidence that you need to use a restroom multiple times before a big race. Your body picks up on the cues being given out by the sympathetic nervous system – adrenaline, namely – and prepares the fight or flight response that will help you perform to your highest level. However, this also means that your body will rid itself of anything in its digestive tract so that it can focus on performance. Now, it’s pretty tough to not get nervous and excited if that’s your temperament but spending some time deep breathing or listening to relaxing music may help. If you know that you are a person who reacts strongly to the crowd and the energy, you will want to make sure that you avoid many of the other diarrhea triggers in the days leading up to the race. A preventive dose of Pepto Bismol may also help.
One of the temptations of a relay race is to pack all kinds of junk food for the journey. But sugar is bad news for sensitive stomachs. When you are running […]