So am I actually feeling ready? To be frank, I’m feeling a bit nervous, and also a bit lost when I think about Chicago Marathon readiness. It’s in two and a half weeks. I’ve put my runs in. I’ve been more consistent in my training this year, and haven’t encountered any running injuries (knock on wood!) to date. I had some strong triathlons and also strong running races throughout the summer:
- First Olympic distance triathlon!
- Smashed my half marathon PR by 7 minutes
- Close to PR’ed in the 5K at an evening 90 degree race.
But I’ve been hiding something
(from the blog world). My digestion has been starting to blow up.
That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s not too far off. Most of my runs in August and September so far I’ve had to stop to go to the bathroom. I’ve had stomachaches, nausea. Now, I know that stopping for the bathroom is not uncommon on the longer training runs, but I’ve been having to cut my 4 milers short, or stop at gas stations & McDonalds if I don’t want to shorten my runs.
I’m not having issues when I’m not running. Nor have I switched up anything (that I’ve noticed) in my diet.
My stomach never loved gatorade, but would tolerate sips. Except at the Madison Mini, my need to go started right after taking a sip of gatorade. So only a swish-and-spit. Then at the Chicago Half Marathon a few weeks later, I did the swish & spit, and began to get nauseous after that. So no more gatorade.
On my 20-miler on Saturday, I was just hoping that I’d make it to the bathroom at the 3 mile aid station rather than poop my pants in front of the group! Once that was taken care of, I was back to my plan that I’d been following on long runs throughout the summer:
- Accelerade mixed with water (carried on my hydration belt)
- Accel Gels – around every 7 miles
That didn’t go so well either – Accelerade made me nauseous too. So from mile 10-20 I only fueled w/ water and my 2nd Accel Gel. That was fine, but I still felt lingering effects from initial attempts at consuming the sports drink. (BTW – if anyone wants to try some Accelerade, I do have a huge bucket still. I’m assuming my results are atypical).
Last week I started acupuncture, both for my lingering shoulder issues that had been coming back w/ my longer runs, and also to see what we can do about digestion. This morning’s 4 miler still had a bathroom break at 1.5.
I’m not sure how much more time (or runs) there is to fix things, but I’m making an appointment w/ a sports doctor to figure out what we can salvage. I’ll be doing the marathon, I’m just hoping I won’t be wasting too much time in the port-a-pottys in the first 4miles, or not having to do a 3 mile warm-up before the race.
My plan so far for the marathon is as follows:
- Take public transit to Grant Park to maximize the walking needed before the race starts.
- Water & Accel Gels. May consider Nuun tablets (never caused me a problem… I just wanted to try the protein-packed Accel product –which did work amazing at my endurance on long runs while I was happy with it).