I was really excited to bring The Athlete’s Gut author Dr. Patrick Wilson’s expertise about gut issues and athletes over to MapMyRun, where I had him break down some of the more embarrassing/difficult gut issues that many of us face as runners.
Take this note about diarrhea, for instance:
…Space your meals farther out from your run: “There’s something called gastro-colic reflex, where after you eat something, your stomach communicates with the lower half of your gut to say, ‘We’ve got food coming in. We’ve got to make room for this eventually.’ So there’s this kind of reflex that kicks in and, and it’s more likely for you to have a bowel movement within 30–60 minutes of eating.”
Listen to him on the podcast: Digestion, Fueling and Your Gut: Patrick Wilson PhD, Rd