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    Lamarcy21 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Runs after running?

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Count yourself lucky that you have regained the energy you have.

      It took me four years before I could use regular toilet paper again and, although I am not longer incontinent, my floor muscles have not returned to normal.

      Best wishes

      about 7 years ago
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      leepenn

      lamarcy - one's bowels can really make or break a run, eh? i sure know what you're talking about....

      first and foremost - definitely talk to your docs about these symptoms.... especially since your diagnosis involved your poopmaker!

      the next thought that comes to mind - what are you eating before your runs/ hikes? i remember back to when i trained for a marathon, and eating the wrong thing - even if it was just a slight variation on the right thing - was always a disaster. i learned that an apple before a run - even two hours before a run - was NEVER a good idea!!!! banana good. apple bad. apple very very bad.

      the next thought that comes to mind - what are you doing before your runs / hikes? i know that if i have a good movement before heading out for a workout, i'll be good. but if i can't make that happen, then i need to include a pit stop after around 15-20 minutes of running.... if i can't make that pit stop - well - it - uhm - sucks.... what are your routes? is there a biff or coffee shop or similar you can hit after your first 2-3 miles?

      what was it like when you just started running? did you have to figure out this side of the running equation? if you talk to distance runners about poo, man, it's hard to get them to shut up. bike racers too, in fact. poo is important business, and we all seem to have to figure it out. i know way way way too much about my buddies' morning poo habits.

      so, what i'm wondering is if you simply need to figure out your new routine? experiment with what you're eating before a run. go to super low fiber... have a strong (and i mean strong) cup of coffee before heading for your last pre-run bathroom trip.... maybe eating anything with fiber is a bad idea for you. consider experimenting with a gu or other energy style gels or chews.

      so - the good news is that tons of runners and athletes in general deal with this issue. what i hope? i hope you're just dealing with runner's diarrhea...

      here's a good read:
      http://running.competitor.com/2014/03/training/why-do-i-have-to-poop-when-i-run_70934

      trial and error - that's what it boils down to.... trial and error.

      about 7 years ago
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      cam32505

      I had radiation to the abdoman area, and now I have IBS (alternates between diarrhia and constipation). So, I can't even go for a walk around the block, because I won't make it. The physical activity seems to stimulate the problem, but sometimes on a bad day, I can't even make it to the restroom when I'm at home. I like to do my walking at work (lots of restrooms along the way).

      about 7 years ago