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vicki
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2002 6:27 am    Post subject: runners stomach problems Reply with quote

I am writing about my daughter she is 15 and when she runs,during a race or practice she gets loose stools and has to "GO" right then!She goes before a race or run.This is very hard on her she thinks one day she might not make it.What do we do? Confused[/list][/code]
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2002 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diet change, perhaps? It could also be a case of nerves, but that's a bit less likely.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2002 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it makes you feel any better this is pretty common. Here are a couple of tips. She should try to get into a pattern, eating pretty much the same things at the same times during the day, running at the same time every day. If you can get a set schedule your body will get used to eating running and "going" at a certain time every day. Also she should take some tissue paper with her on her runs. Everyone that has run for any length of time has found themselves on a run where they had to hide in the bushes. It's a little embarassing but trust me it's happened to all of us. As for races, usually it's just nerves, some of my athletes run to the potty 4 or 5 times before a race and still have to go while they're standing on the starting line, once the race starts 99% of the time it goes away. Just try to get your buisness done before the race the best you can and whatever happens after that can't really be controlled.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2002 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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she should take some tissue paper with her on her runs.

Also known as mountain money. Smile

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some of my athletes run to the potty 4 or 5 times before a race and still have to go while they're standing on the starting line, once the race starts 99% of the time it goes away.

With regards to racing, that's a very interesting phenemon. I'm one of those people that has to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes before a race, has to go at the start, then doesn't feel any such urges for 3+ hours afterward... Most people I've talked to are the same way.

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