While running, I get 3 miles in and have to have a bowel movement. I have tried going before but doesn't help. What can I do? I have been running about a year and this has been a problem since adding more distance. I have tried going before I run but often
This . This is a common complaint of distance runners. The mechanism is not entirely clear but I have suggested to my patients to use Imodium (loperamide) or another antidiarrheal in a prophylactic manner. I have had great success with this. It usually only takes one or two 15-30 minutes before a run and you will be much more comfortable. I would also suggest staying away from sugar or high electrolyte drinks prior to the run as they can also stimulate bowel movements.