Fitness Friday: Is Running Ruining my Stomach?

July 25th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Workout Wrap UpSaturday: 6 miles (11:20 pace)

Sunday: 8 miles (11:06 pace)

Monday: 6 miles (10:37 pace) + Jillian Michaels 6 week six-pack & Upper Body Strength

Tuesday: 6 miles: 6×600, 3×300 (all at 9 min pace)


Thursday: 8 miles: 6 @ Tempo Pace (9:50)

Friday: 7 miles (11:00 pace) + Jillian Michaels 6 week six-pack & Upper Body Strength

Week three of marathon training is done! My legs are tired. I’ve been following the advanced program from the Hanson Marathon Method and I may need to fall back to the beginners version a day or two in the next few weeks. I’ve stuck to the advanced plan 100% thus far and will try my best to continue to do so, but I’ve also dealt with over-training issues in the past (mental and physical!) and want to avoid them this training cycle.

The weather here all week has sucked. It’s been rainy every day this week. Fortunately I’ve made it home before the rains start but it’s still blah overcast weather to run in.

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I struggled quite a bit with my tempo run yesterday. It’s the first run of six days in a row and my legs still felt a bit tired from the last six day cycle. I had to stop and walk for a bit 3-4 times. At mile 4 I literally said out loud, “I just cannot do this today.” Then I started thinking about it. Why the hell am I out here? To be a stronger runner and crush my marathon goal time. Well, I think the most progress comes from pushing yourself through things you don’t think you can do so that’s exactly what I did. Now, I had to stop and walk about every 1.5 miles after that but whatever. I got it done! I keep telling myself my  body will get used to the higher mileage weeks again soon and as the temperatures start to drop in a few weeks these paces will become more comfortable.
2014-07-24 07.47.58-2Thank you all so much for the feedback on my digestion issues this week! I’m feeling much better and I think I’ve realized I may not be having a problem with a specific food group so much as overall digestion issues. Last year when I was training for marathon #1 I had to go to the gastroenterelogist my GI issues were becoming so bad. She suggested the running may be causing ischemic colitis and I think that may be whats going on as my body transitions back into higher mileage weeks. Stress wrecks your digestive system and between mental stress and physical stress from running I think it’s the equivalent of eating bricks and wondering why my stomach isn’t working properly.

So, as I suggested yesterday I’m going to stick with very bland foods, do some research on food combining, and try to CHILL THE HELL OUT. Here’s where I say I want to start meditation/yoga again, but I know I won’t.

Plus side? The contents of my fridge have never looked so healthy before. 2014-07-22 15.59.28Salem has been hamming it up for the camera all week. I wish I was half as photogenic as he is. I shared this photo on my Instagram and someone asked if he was pregnant. Salem cried the rest of the day.2014-07-21 11.50.00This is how I came home from class and found him on Monday.2014-07-22 13.06.24This is how I work with him 15.01.40And I’m pretty sure I walked in on him doing something inappropriate here.2014-07-23 08.33.22

This weekend we have rain in the forecast AGAIN so I’m not sure what Travis and I will be doing. He’s working/studying basically 24/7 now so I always try to help him do some food prep on the weekends so he doesn’t have to worry about cooking during the week. See, all the awesome things I brag about him for on here I try and do the same for him! We will be running both days, and if the weather happens to cooperate hopefully we’ll find something to do outside. Maybe a beach day or a picnic at my favorite park here. We’re easy to please.

What are you doing this weekend?
What are you favorite outdoor activities to do? We need ideas!

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18 Responses

  • Hopefully you can really improve the digestive issues without them having to affect running too much. Try everything else to minimize inflammation. That’s definitely one if my worst fears for my own running! GI issues are so tricky and frustrating!

    No exciting plans for us this weekend – Enjoy yours!

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve had a pretty good couple of days so I think my body’s adjusting to the higher miles now. I’ve also consumed more dried ginger in the last week then I have my entire life.

      Hope you had a relaxing weekend!

  • Lara says:

    The humidity is oppressive. It’s hard to motivate. I’m half arsing it but I have to get focused because my next 1/2 marathon is October 12.
    The balance between having goals and not pushing to hard is a challenge. I want to be up to speed. It’s just hard when the humidity is so high!
    Take care of yourself! Listen to your body, as Jeff Galloway says!

    • Erica House says:

      Every time I read an article about running in humidity and it says your body will adjust to it after two weeks I want to slap someone.

  • Traci says:

    This weekend is my first ever Triathlon! #scaredtodeath

  • Jenny says:

    I’ll be helping my friend and her husband move. She’s taking shots for her upcoming IVF and isn’t supposed to raise her heart rate. And I’ll be spending time with my hunky husband and beautiful daughter of course. :-)

  • I seriously can’t handle Salem’s cuteness! I hope you feel better soon! Stomach issues are not fun at all!

  • Tiffany says:

    My husband and I are training for our 4th marathon, and the beginner Hanson’s plan is plenty challenging and we’ve both seen improvements in our overall speed and strength. The heat and humidity are bonkers right now

    Also, tempo runs suck. That is all, thank you.

    • Erica House says:

      Tempo runs really do suck, especially when I think about doing the entire marathon at that pace! I’m starting week 4 tomorrow and feeling surprisingly optimistic/fresh about it.

      I’m sure that will change by the time I’m doing with my speed work on Tuesday and I’m begging for a day off.

  • Krista says:

    Salem cracks me up! I love how he always has his mouth open in photos. =) Glad to hear you’ve honed in on the likely cause of GI distress. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about hormones lately and it’s amazing how stress (mental or physical) can trigger those little buggers and lead to a host of body imbalances. Cheers to chilling the hell out! I think a picnic with your man sounds like the perfect plan for that! Have a great weekend! :)

  • Have you tried any aloe drinks? It’s helped me a bit. I don’t have huge problems, but it helps when they do occur. :)

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve had aloe juice before when I make my anti-inflammation runners drink, but never on it’s own. I’ll try some next time I have any stomach issues!