It looks as though I have very likely got IBS which is the cause of my many shituations, it’s embarrassing to deal with and can cause me issues when running. This week has been a little problematic with a flare up on Tuesday meaning I had to cut training short, I was lucky enough to make it back to base but it was a close call. It’s as awkward to write about as it is to talk about. I try to make a joke of it as best I can, but when running with a group of people I don’t know particularly well I don’t feel comfortable enough to shout “gotta shit” and dart into a bush. I am lucky enough to have had a couple of mates (thanks guys 😊) in the group who took the short cut back to base with me, giving me the chance to walk helping to ease the pain, plus I knew if need be I could find a spot to squat 🤦🏻♀️.
Talking to other runners it’s clear the “runner’s trots” is a real problem amongst us, but when dealing with IBS there’s a bit more to it so I am trying my best to do some research and find solutions to help me control these symptoms, up until a Tuesday I thought it had been going well. Gels are a definite no, asking for trouble. Fruit, not a great move for me although I love it I have to limit my intake. Jelly sweets, nope 👎🏼. Stress and anxiety is a definite trigger so I am aware I need to find a better way to deal with this, although running is a great outlet for me so I’m finding it very frustrating that the IBS is effecting this. No, getting frustrated does not help.
With Saltmarsh75 only being 7 weeks away, I am starting to think about carb loading (is it too early?! 😂) so ideally I need to get my nutrition sorted within the next couple of weeks. I’ve got a food diary on the go and I am very motivated to get this under control. I am keen to listen to any advice available so if anyone has any advice on this please leave a comment. I’ll let you know how I get on over the next few weeks and may even supply some meal ideas 😉.