The battle of the belly

We are in the car for several hours which means I have nothing but open road to look at. I’m behind on my weekly training post but it seems like a lot of work to type up on my phone. Instead we’re going to talk about my continuing battle with my stomach. Or more specifically my digestive system. Not to worry I’m not going to get super specific.

Since Anderson was born my stomach has been increasingly sensitive. Over the past year it’s gotten so bad that there have been days that ingesting anything, even toast has me running to the bathroom. This obviously does not go well with running long distances. After having to emergency walk then sprint to the first ports potty I saw, I knew it was time to see someone.

About a month ago I went to the doctor. Telling her about my symptoms they decided to run an extensive panel of tests. Fortunately I am not a celiac, nor do I have any sort of infection, crohns or colitis. Unfortunately that didn’t give me a solution. What was suggested to me was trying a low FODMAP diet.

This diet basically takes out most of my favorite foods. Foods to avoid include items such as apples, peaches, watermelon, avocados, beans, legumes, asparagus, broccoli, wheat, dairy, sugar, garlic, onions, and peanut butter to name a few. Sounds fun right? This is a short version of the foods to avoid. 

I’ve started taking things out slowly. Dairy was the first to go because while I love cheese, sour cream, yogurt and ice cream, I know that they typically cause an upset stomach. I also took out peanut butter but was still having issues on my long runs. About two weeks ago I took out wheat. I broke down and bought some gluten free bread (gluten free is wheat free). Guess what? No issues on my long run last weekend. Thinking maybe it was a fluke, I ate regular bread the next day, it was a no go.

It seems wheat and dairy are primary culprits. Which is sad for me. But I’m going to do my best to not have either until after race day to really see if I feel better.

I also switched up my gels to Honey Stingers which are definitely easier for my to digest without the side effects. Fingers crossed I won’t have a repeat of Fargo in Chicago!

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