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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Pukey and Poopy

Last night I went for a "destination" run to a friend's house and had my husband pick me up there. It was 5.7 miles and the run went well. It was hot and humid out even though it was late evening, but aside from the heat, I finished the run feeling pretty good. I promptly had a bottle of water (kind gift from friends) and a bottle of Gatorade my husband brought for me, and which he had to open for me.

When I got home, I took a shower and sat down to watch a movie, and then I started feeling crappy. My intestines started to rumble in that familiar way, so I went and pooped and expected to feel just fine, but to my dismay, I had to make a return trip to the bathroom. And again, and again. I had mud butt. But not just mud butt, I also had mudd mouth. Because as I was laying back in bed, praying that the previous trip to the bathroom was the last, I suddenly felt naseous and I ran to the toilet and heaved.

I don't know what was wrong with me, but my stomach hurt for the rest of the night and I got a rough night of sleep full of tossing and turning and making return trips to the bathroom (until there was nothing left in me). I wasn't running a fever and this morning I felt fine. So what happened? Was it related to running? Some kind of effect from, perhaps, the heat? I read in RW that diahrea and vommitting can be symptoms of heat cramps and heat exhaustion, but I was under the impression that they occured in the middle of such a hot run or right after. Could it have been something I ate? Could it be because I started taking vitamins again yesterday? Could it just be a weird intestinal phenomenon?

My husband said it was proof that running is evil, but I'm not certain it was related to the run.

Anyway, today I am fine and I'm drinking lots of water to re-hydrate, but I feel a bit baffled. What went wrong?

7 comments:

Erin said...

That is so weird! I rode bike this morning and felt similar but did not succumb to mud butt! I had downed a bottle of H2O and then a a large glass. After my shower I felt a little better but ate breakfast and downed a glass of milk. Felt "woozy" most of the morning. Exercise is evil in general. That's my thoughts on the matter.

Firefly's Running said...

Oh no! That's awful. I am glad that you are feeling better.

pinaypower said...

oh man! that is el sucko!! totally has happened to me before. i keep telling myself i will kep a journal of what i eat and everything so i can keep track of stuff like that, but yeah i never do...

hope you figure out what went wrong...

Froyd said...

I have experienced similar things as well. You come home after a run and are all happy that you went the distance and content with your exercise, when all of a sudden your stomach drops and the chocolate shotgun is locked and loaded. I have no explanation for this phenomenon, but I don't like it much either.

Nicole said...

All I know is that doesn't sound like fun. Maybe give your doc a call. Hope the symptoms never return.

JustJunebug said...

well i can tell you that when that very same thing happened to me (and lasted seriously about 18 hours) it was a very bad case of food poisoning...

reading your post gave me horrible memories. i was down in the bed for 2 solid days after it.

Stephanie said...

Oh you poor thing. I know this is an older post (and I just discovered your blog and added to my bloglines reads for future reading) but I wanted to say that my husband is the same way whenever I get a running injury or sick or whatever, he says, it's that darned running and why do you do it if it makes you sick/hurt/worry about being hurt?

Ok, so I just wanted to share that and I'll keep on reading!