Every runner must have at one time experienced some unpleasant and painful sensation in the stomach. The pain is what is called cramps and its caused by the overexertion nature of running.
Stomach cramps and diarrhea
Stomach cramps vary from one runner to another, some runners complain of stomach cramps and diarrhoea others stomach cramps and diarrhea others just upper stomach cramps.
What causes painful stomach cramps during running?
- Dehydration. – For your smooth muscles of the stomach/intestines to function properly they require to be hydrated.
- Low blood salt – With all the sweating taking place your body will be losing too much salt and your body will soon be starved of salt.
- Inadequate oxygenation – During running, a lot of your blood will be redirected from the stomach to other muscle. And since your stomach muscles are starved of oxygen they will not work properly.
The above causes are made worse by factors such as a extreme weather conditions. Too high temperatures will increase rate of dehydration.
Video of How To Get Rid of Stomach Cramps
Medicine for stomach cramps.
This is not your typical medicine to cure cramps but a simple guide on how to avoid them. Its important to make sure you drink enough water. I experience most of my stomach cramps during my training because in training I don’t have water points every 2K like I find in a marathon.
Drinking water is good but drinking too much is dangerous! Drinking too much water will cause your salt levels too go too low causing you stomach pains and in a worst case scenario death! Every runner should remember to put enough salt in his food. During the the race, Eat salt pallets offered. Lastly, Practice good breathing technique.
Remember the more you run and the more experienced you get, the less stomach cramps you will get from running.