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Why is it that running makes me have to go to the bathroom?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 09, 2013 at 11:30 PM

I'm sure (most of) you runners have some experience, but I really hate it that when I'm out running, sometimes (and alot lately) when I'm out running, I really need to go to the bathroom. I absolutely hate it when this happens and it's kind of hard to not break a record when I'm trying to hold everything in place. THEN I have to walk home and get it done with, even though I always go to the bathroom before I run. I also try to stick to only low-fiber meals before i run, but it still hits me. What can I do? I'm not exactly going to use my neighbors' bushes as a bathroom, but i'm sick and tired of having to go to the bathroom when I'm out running. Why can't my intestines know that when I'm out running, they're supposed to suck in, not try to get rid of?

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on April 11, 2013
at 02:41 AM

Sometimes I take caffine, but I usually find it strikes when I haven't taken the caffine.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on April 10, 2013
at 12:30 PM

file me down under #1 for #2

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 05:37 AM

I do find runnning fasted first thing in the morning helps, but I don't like scooting my booty out of bed first thing in the morning :/

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 01:08 AM

No i honestly have to go take a dump

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 01:07 AM

But what can I do to stop it?

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 01:06 AM

Unfortunatley I can't all that often go running where there are lots of public bathrooms :/ (I run in my neighborhood) maybe I should just get a servant to come with me and carry a chamber pot. (kj)

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 01:04 AM

It seems to happen less in the morning, but it can strike at any time of the day.

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(10989)

on April 10, 2013
at 12:05 AM

Maybe the running is stressing out your system and your body thinks that your running should take precedence over actually digesting your food?

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on April 09, 2013
at 11:51 PM

Running help eliminate toxins? WTF?

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on April 10, 2013
at 12:53 PM

Pretty straight forward.

When you run your bowels constrict and your abs constrict.

You probably also drank water just before heading out -- this water is then pushed straight into your colon (due to the constriction).

Additionally you are bouncing up and down.

Finally, increased temperature aids in digestion (I still don't know why this is, but my gastro swears by it).

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4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

(1122)

on April 10, 2013
at 03:02 AM

I read a quote somewhere that as a runner you've either 1) taken a crap in the woods or 2) will be, at some point, taking a crap in the woods.

I agree with this statement as I've had some very close calls lately. I think running early morning in a fasted state seems to help, but agitation and all that jiggling are the biggest culprits - and are unavoidable. Fun topic!

Good luck, and I hope everything comes out all right!

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 05:37 AM

I do find runnning fasted first thing in the morning helps, but I don't like scooting my booty out of bed first thing in the morning :/

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on April 10, 2013
at 12:30 PM

file me down under #1 for #2

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on April 10, 2013
at 12:58 PM

I've noticed that I have runners-gut more when I am pushing very hard then on a normal 'relaxed' daily jog. Fasted state in the morning makes it worse for me! Lower fat meals and making sure that about 2hrs have elapsed since my last meal make it a bit better for me - and not being too hydrated. If I chug water before I run, it is much worse!

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:57 AM

I think it is because it throws your entire metabolism into high gear. I haven't had as many problems since I gave up wheat.

I have no problem going in the woods but once it hit me really bad and there was nothing within a half mile but a single tree. Fortunately it was pitch dark and there wasn't anybody but me out there cause I crapped on the tree.

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on April 10, 2013
at 09:28 AM

Gastrointestinal distress and urge to go to the bathroom is pretty common problem related to running specially under very hard runs. This has happened to me on 5K tempo runs at 10K pace, very fast short intervals like the 400 max pace full rest, and most races ran at full effort. Seems that changes in blood delivery to the guts, smooth of the GI tract due to the intensity, etc may have something to do with this.

This is why I try to avoid eating solid food 3h or more prior to hard runs, and at least 2 before average training ones. For short races, maybe even better go with an empty stomach. Also, I try to go to the bathroom some time before starting training even if I don't feel like. The combination of this two works wonders.

Do you take caffeine or supplement with anything? This could also play a role. Creatine for instance makes me go to the bathroom for sure.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 11, 2013
at 02:41 AM

Sometimes I take caffine, but I usually find it strikes when I haven't taken the caffine.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on April 10, 2013
at 12:41 AM

Is it related to the time of day, or does it happen at any time? I know my body likes to eliminate at a certain time every morning, and if I try to exercise before that, it's dangerous. Better to wait until after that time in the morning, or run in the evening.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 01:04 AM

It seems to happen less in the morning, but it can strike at any time of the day.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on April 10, 2013
at 12:23 AM

i can't go running because of this very reason.

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on April 10, 2013
at 12:19 AM

Interesting I have the opposite effect, it takes me a couple of hours to be able to get everything moving again after a run... probably all the clenching :) But I do find running can force any gas down and out early on, maybe you're just feeling that?

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 01:08 AM

No i honestly have to go take a dump

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on April 09, 2013
at 11:53 PM

This is pure conjecture on my part, but I think your body is trying to get rid of excess weight. Your body doesn't know why it's running, and I'm thinking it's the same deal as when an animal (including humans) defecate when startled and have to run. Also, birds defecate before take off.

Or possibly it's just that your bowels are being agitated.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 01:07 AM

But what can I do to stop it?

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89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

on April 09, 2013
at 11:43 PM

Bring some toilet paper and squat behind a tree - Ha Ha! Just kidding. Unfortunately (although it's actually a good thing) running helps eliminate toxins from your body, not just by sweating, but it gets your digestive system going, thus you have to go. Since you know this is typically what happens to you, you should run in areas where there might be public bathrooms nearby.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on April 09, 2013
at 11:51 PM

Running help eliminate toxins? WTF?

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 10, 2013
at 01:06 AM

Unfortunatley I can't all that often go running where there are lots of public bathrooms :/ (I run in my neighborhood) maybe I should just get a servant to come with me and carry a chamber pot. (kj)

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