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6037 total / 1278 in 2014
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get faster and set new PRs, including sub-1:30 10 miler, sub-2:00 half marathon, and 4:15 marathon

Michele Ruginis ran: mid-50's, mostly sunn...

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  • 10 miles
  • 01:50 time
  • 10:34 pace
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blah Kelly/MLK Drive 10.39 mi 01:50 10:34 pace

mid-50's, mostly sunny, humid, windy...

From 5 mi on, I was cursed with stomach issues yet again, which led to quite a bit of walking off and on from mile 7 until the end of the run. I also felt a blister forming on my usual problem toe (which I always preventatively wrap on long run days, although it doesn't always prove to be helpful) around mile 6, so that didn't help matters.

My plan of a solid 12 mi LSD with NO GI problems didn't pan out too well. Once I ran past my car (and the ever important port-o-potties) just before mile 10, I kept trying to tell myself "just 2 more miles." Then, the wind picked up to what felt like the forecasted 30 mph gusts, and I basically had a total mental collapse.

I really need to figure out why I keep having these GI issues during every long run lately. I know that it's impossible to completely avoid stomach woes altogether, but I certainly don't want it to become a weekend trend. Does anyone have any good running diet book recommendations?

  • Margo L.
    Margo L.

    ugh damn tummy!!! nice miles though

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Steve S.
    Steve S.

    Are you eating before you go long? Could just be a matter of timing it so that everything settles down first. Keep experimenting and see what works for you. Hydrating well before the run instead of right before you go might help too.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Jeremy M.

    Way to get in 10+ in the tough conditions. Nice job, Michele.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Mel C.

    Sorry about the issues, Michele! Nice 10-miler though! What do you eat before your long runs and how long do you wait to run? I usually eat PB & J and a banana about 2 hours before I run and rarely have issues. Do you wear double layer socks? I've found that they really help eliminate blisters.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Mel C.

    Michelle, My wife just reminded me about ginger. I take gingers chews on my long runs. We get Nature's Promise at Giant. They seem to help.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Christine S.

    I've become a huge fan of ginger & bromelain (pineapple enzyme). I take both in the morning regularly (plus a probiotic!) & they have all helped calm an array of stomach issues I was dealing with. But I would also definitely keep a log & try to figure out what works both in terms of food & timing. Nice 10+ even with all the stomach stress!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Pam
    Pam

    Take a close look at what you're eating right before your run and the day before. I learned I had an issue with dairy, so I avoid it. I also wait at least an hour after eating to run - and I usually have oatmeal or peanut butter/banana... Great job getting out that 10+ though!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Keith B.
    Keith B.

    Michele, great job on the 10+ even with the tummy issues!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Victoria F.
    Victoria F.

    Good run! Maybe keeping a food diary and trying to see if you can figure out something that is a trend to the problems.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Robin T.
    Robin T.

    I agree with Pam. I always try to eat at least an hour before I run. My son eats oatmeal without milk 1-2 hours before he runs. I hope you can figure out the problem. Great 10! You a strong woman for pushing through! Great job!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Vira K.
    Vira K.

    Ouch. Sorry about the GI issues, but great job making it past 10 miles. I agree with everyone above, and usually have something light (1 slice bread, PB&J or banana) before a long run and have no issues. Nothing too high in protein. All i can say is experiment. Maybe you really need a more empty stomach, followed by a gel after 45 minutes or so?

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  • Denise M.
    Denise M.

    I will probably just echo some of the comments from earlier, but I can totally relate. I have GI issues quite often. I have to be very careful on what I eat the night before and definitely the morning of the LSD. I usually eat something very basic with little to no fiber. I also always take a half of a immodium. I don't know if it does anything, but it makes me feel a little better. Also, steady water intake is also key for me. If I get even slightly dehydrated, forget it.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Justin P.
    Justin P.

    Good run nonetheless. Im about to head out and just had eggs and bacon. Wish me luck!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Glenn W.

    Way to tough it out, Michele. You got it done with less than ideal conditions. That's where you build the mental strength.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer K.

    I have the same problems since I have irritable bowel...what works for me is to increase my fiber with metamucil cookies before bedtime, and a big glass of water....and no changes in my diet or routine for a couple weeks before a run. I've found that if I experiment too much, (tried vegetable pills ect) it messes me up.So now that you know more about me than you wanted....lol

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer K.

    I don't have any issues with short runs, just the long runs if I'm not careful, think it's because of the increased bouncing and intensity of the long runs

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Joe H.
    Joe H. Feel Better
    Feel Better:

    oh no wow so sorry you had a hard time out there!

    over 2 years ago

  • Michele R.
    Michele R.

    Thanks so much for the tips, everyone!

    @Steve S – I always allow 2 hours between the time I finish eating and the start of my run. I also normally maintain proper hydration on a regular basis and don’t ever drink water right before a run, because otherwise I WILL have an upset stomach for sure.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Michele R.
    Michele R.

    @Mel C – My typical long run breakfast is a bagel with almond butter and preserves, glass of skim milk, and cup of coffee. I know that many people have issues with dairy products, but I always drink a glass of milk every morning with my breakfast, and it’s typically not a problem. The only time it seems to be a problem is if I happen to eat ice cream the night before.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Michele R.
    Michele R.

    As for my socks, I was wearing Experia with the Thorlo pads, which I find to be a good sock for longer runs. My blister problem really doesn’t seem to be sock-related, but rather it has to do with foot/toe size...

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Michele R.
    Michele R.

    In general, the second toe (that is adjacent to my big toe) on both feet is problematic, because my big toe is measurably larger than the second toe, and I think that this toe somehow must push down extra hard in order to efficiently work with the big toe (if that makes any sense). The left foot is always more of a problem, because it is the smaller foot and would fit ideally in a ½ size smaller, but th3n the right shoe would be too tight.

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  • Michele R.
    Michele R.

    @Mel C & Christine S – I am definitely going to consider trying ginger. I guess a probiotic couldn’t hurt either.

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  • Michele R.
    Michele R.

    @Denise M – I think that being careful of what I eat the night before the LSD is definitely important. Also, I’m wondering if I’m not getting dehydrated during the run? During summer and fall long runs, the water fountains were still running. Even in cooler weather, I would typically stop once for a drink.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Michele R.
    Michele R.

    Now that the fountains have been off since mid-November, I haven’t been drinking anything during my runs and will just have a gel. As much as I hate the thought of having extra baggage with a sport bottle, I may have to reconsider (especially considering the fact that I sweat A LOT).

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Michele R.
    Michele R.

    As a pharmacist, I refuse to take Immodium. Because it acts directly on intestinal muscles to inhibit peristalsis, there is a likelihood of developing stomach cramping. Also, since it has anti-secretory activity, it will dry out the eyes, mouth, etc. and may lead to a feeling of dehydration. I don’t agree with taking any medication before a run, but that’s just me.

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer R.

    One of my running buddies discovered she had Celiac once she started running. She hadn't had any noticable GI issues before, but once she started distance running, she had GI problems regulalry on long runs and got tested. Hoepfully that's not the issue with you, but gluten intolerance might be something to consider....

    over 2 years ago Like

  • Michele R.
    Michele R.

    Thanks for the tip!

    over 2 years ago Like