Running and Bowel Problems

Question:

I have recently started running and find that 15 minutes into my run I need the toilet (not to wee), Even if my stomach has worked in the day already. How do I get around this? Walking helps but if I start running races – this won’t help!

Princess

Answer: Dear Princess, This is a relatively common runner’s complaint. It would help if you tried to avoid eating meals too close to your training sessions. Also avoid caffeinated drinks which can over-stimulate your digestive system. Kind regards Angela Benjamin MSc. MCSP Chartered Physiotherapist

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