If one were to look at my medical records in recent years they would ask me why I continue to push myself physically. It started when I used to do a lot of group exercises classes. Lots of injuries from over rotation.
Then it was tendonitis in my knees from overuse (arc trainer and elliptical machine). I went snowboarding and went straight to Urgent Care. Not because I banged my head on the mountain (which I did!) but a diagnosis of IBS.
Halfway through training for a half-marathon, I ended up with inflamed bursa sacs in both knees. Very painful. I couldn’t run for 5 months. I start training for a 10K which is Saturday. Several weeks ago, my body starts to betray me. I’d gotten up to 5.5 miles. I go to the doctor and describe my symptoms, loose bowels. She was uncertain. I google and come up with Runner’s Diarrhea. I call her back, she looks it up and says it fits my symptoms.
What I read suggested that you cut back on your fiber and make sure you don’t eat several hours before you run. I didn’t get much relief. So I began to wonder if it’s something else. I go back to my GI doctor and he says that people with IBS who run, tend to have runner’s diarrhea. I’m not sure why I didn’t develop it the first time, but maybe because my body knew I couldn’t handle two issues at once.
The biggest thing is the mental blow each time this stuff happens. It seems just like when I get over my fear that something bad will happen, and hit my stride something happens. But worse things could be happening, none of this stuff is life-threatening, so it’s time to start training for the next 10K. And hopefully a half-marathon in November.
My mother blamed my issues on my love of Kashi Go Lean. Not an issue, after giving it up for 2 whole weeks!
She went with me to the GI doctor. After the diagnosis, I ask my mom: “Do you know what this means?”
Mom: (Pause.) “You’ll run less?”
Me: “Absolutely not. It means I can eat Kashi again!”
She rolls her eyes. She hates my love of Kashi. It likes Kashi is the horrible boyfriend dragging me through the gutter!