Thursday, January 20, 2011

Honesty (and possible overshare)

I have IBS (irritable bowl syndrome). It started around April of last year, and symptoms are triggered mostly by stress, though it seems to randomly occur as well. It used to serisouly impact my running (during a time that I was super stressed and generally unhappy, leading to more symptoms leading to more stress). I figured I may not be the only one who has tummy issues with running, and in "honor" of some current digestitve issues, though I'd share some of my tips.

1. Hydrate. Tummy issues cause a lot of water loss, and dehydration and running are not good bedfellows
2. Be careful trying new fuel/drinks during runs. I've learned that Clif Shots are not my friend. Try new things either during indoor runs or on a route with bathroom stops
3. Learn where the "good" bathrooms are. For me, a good bathroom is clean, and feels safe. My usual stops include the public library, various buildings at the local college campus, local parks, the Y, and grocery stores. I try to avoid gas stations if possible.
4. Keep spare running shorts/capris in the car. Trust me.

In other news, I made the BEST oatmeal ever today. Oatmeal is one food that I have been envious of since I started reading other women's blogs - they seem to make delisicous combinations and really enjoy it, and mine tastes like glue. I typically use equal amounts of skim milk and water, put everything in a tupperware before I leave for work, and heat up mid morning.
Here was the winning mix:
1/3 cup oats
1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
1 banana
1ish tablespoon of natural pb - I use the grind-your-own kind
small handful of mini chocolate chips, maybe twenty-five

The soy milk changed everything - the texture, the way the toppings incoporated. It was just great - It's been about 5 hours and I'm still not hungry!What do you put in your oats? I really like pumkpin in mine as well.


  1. Dude. I feel your pain in a big way. Needless to say, I run with a huge wad of TP stuffed between my boobs, just in case.... If disaster does not strike then the TP still manages to collect a lot of sweat so I guess that's nice too!

  2. I think a lot of people can relate! I had a digestive disorder for years and now avoid most gluten and some dairy. The full fat dairy has less lactose. Its all about trial and error. And has for gels, the PLAIN GU is about all I can handle. haha.

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  4. I cannot consume any type of gu pack for this very reason. Glad you found a good oatmeal combo though. :D

  5. I recently got IBS too. It seems to come along when I am anxious... as well as stressed. It has been worse the past 3 years with law school and it's a very hard lifestyle, I feel like I constantly have to know where the restrooms are wherever I am. Glad to know I am not the only one!