I 100% cannot start a run without pooping first. All my running buddies know this about me. If you’re a runner, I’m sure you have talked about different bathroom issues/concerns with people you run with. And if not, you should! Or we can just chat here. : )
Things I cannot have before a race – dairy, anything high fiber, anything high fat, and any whole grain products. The morning of a race I have a white bagel with almond butter and honey. I can’t do peanut butter before a run, it makes me feel nauseous, but I can do almond butter. Ever since I stopped doing wheat toast before runs, I haven’t had too many issues. Knock on wood. Do you know what your triggers are? If not, I’d pay attention and make note of things that bother your stomach as well as the things that don’t. Nutrition can make or break a race, in my opinion. Also, I don’t suggest ever trying something new during a race. Practice makes perfect, right? That’s why we train. That’s also why you should practice your nutrition.
1. Get up before your run so you have enough time to poop before you hit the road.
2. Know what foods trigger your bowels and stay away from them. (I can’t have whole grains, peanut butter, dairy, or fruit before a race/run.)
3. Practice race nutrition AND know what works best for your body. This is totally individualized, so what works for your best friend may not work for you.
4. Drink water. Make sure you’re hydrated.
5. If you’re going to use the nutrition the race provides, that’s fine, but make sure you know what it is AND you’ve practiced using it on your own.
6. Don’t have 6 vodka waters the night before a race. Trust me. Should I do a post on racing while hungover? I have done this a few times. Definitely don’t recommend it.
7. Do a long training run using all of the things you will use for your race, including your dinner the night before.
8. Poo at the race site, right before you start.
9. Know how caffeine affects you. (During races, I can use hydration mixes that contain caffeine, but I don’t do as well if I use gels with caffeine, too. I try to find gels that don’t have caffeine.)
10. Know where emergency pit stops are – you never know what’s going to happen!
I’d love to hear your tips for avoiding poops when you don’t want them! Also, my Mom was nervous about this post. She literally asked me if I was going to share pictures of poop…so, there’s that. Thanks, Momma! ; )