For me, running started about a year ago when my husband and I decided to run a half marathon. Thinking, of course, that’s not that far! The novice in me not realizing that there was all sorts of great websites to research, we set out on our own “training” schedule. My longest run before the half marathon was 8 miles. During my training last year, I was also battling IBS-C (and I continue to, but it as gotten better). Anything further than 3-4 miles sent me to bed feeling very sick. I can especially remember the sickness after the 8 mile run. We geared up anyhow and ran the half marathon in September 2012. I finished just under 3 hours with my husband holding my hand. Literally, he had to drag me across the finish line, as my legs gave out after mile 9.
That being said, I am DETERMINED at this year’s half marathon (same half in September) to finish stronger. I have been adamantly reading running blogs for the past couple months and they have greatly inspired me. I feel I know LOADS more now than at this point last year. I honestly thought I would give up running after completing the half last year. I was so sick after running that I almost did give up. However, my desire to run lead me to really look at my diet and how it was affecting my body not only after running, but day to day. I have dealt with IBS-C since 2008. After numerous disappointing doctor appointments and seeing a dietician, I realized this is my own battle to conquer. After all, who knows my body better than me, right? I read every IBS book I could get my hands on and I finally feel a sense of control. I no longer feel it’s not up to me whether I feel good or bad. I have running to thank for that!
What I have found that works for me is a low FODMAP diet (which my dietician had never heard of…disappointing visit to say the least). Since following a mostly low FODMAP diet, my random stomach pains at night have ceased and I feel so much more in control of my body. Pain after running has also, for the most part, subsided. For me, it’s a combination of eating the right foods for my body and making sure I’m not constipated (i.e., the big “C” in IBS-C). Since I started the change in March I have not only felt better, but I have fallen in love……with running! It’s such a rush during race day, something I don’t feel at any other point in my life right now. I also relish in the individual accomplishments I reach after each run. “I did it!” is such a great feeling.