Embarrassing Detractor #1 Runners Trots
After I started experiencing this issue, mind you a year into jogging, I researched why it was happening and learned that it is called "Runners Trots". I was getting really upset about having these issues where my bowels just to empty without little warning, well, okay it gave me warning but I thought I WAS in control. Turns out my body has decided to let me know under no certain terms IT is control and gives a whole new meaning to me of the saying, "Listen to your body". I was both horrified and relieved to see that there is a term for it and that other runners experience this.
I was getting so frustrated that I was thinking I am either going to have to give up running or invest in depends for running, neither of which made me happy. This issue has really taken the joy out of jogging for me so I did a lot of research on possible causes and evaluated when it happened to me.
- I realized this only happened to me on my morning runs, which happens to be my favorite runs. I do not have this issue when running at night or at my lunch break. Even if I relieve myself prior to running as suggested, start running and "trot".
- Research suggested to not drink caffeine prior to run - I usually have caffeine Kroger version of crystal light in my water that I run with and I drink Diet Coke as my "morning coffee". So I stopped drinking diet coke until after my run and just drink water during the run - this is working so far in conjunction with number three.
- I noticed I get the first signs during the 1st mile (even if I'm warming up walking) so I have been only going out 1/2 mile and coming back (get in a mile) to the bathroom and relieve myself. So far two morning runs "trot free"
- I have also tried to stop running when I feel the pang and stand still until the feeling passes - this is not 100% proven method.
- Stretching more after a run
- Reduced mileage and pace
- Going to add strength training (struggling with this one)