Stomach problem when running affects all kind of runners, from the seasoned elite runner to the casual runner down the pack.Stomach problem is described as a pain in the stomach. Experts call this stomach cramps.
Personally my last marathon was run with a nagging stomach problem. The pain struck even before I hit the 10K mark. I ran the rest of 32Ks with an on and off pain, it was like going through hell. I still cant believe I managed a sub three hours finish. Maybe it was the desire to quickly get to the finish line and put the pain behind me that pushed me!
Causes of Stomach Pain.
Expert explanations are : –
- Low salt levels.
These two are the known causes of stomach problem, but another less reported cause is fatigued stomach muscles.
Fatigued Stomach Muscles
Although most runners spend alot of time getting leg massage, few think of massaging stomach muscles. Running engages almost all the muscles in a runners body. The most used muscles are the leg muscles. The core muscles are also heavily used. Runners should remember to massage the core muscles to keep them in good working condition. I solved my stomach problem when I started massaging the stomach muscles.
If you still suffer stomach problem despite taking enough water and licking salt blocks maybe you should consider massaging your tummy. It worked for me and it might work for you.