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If you are reading RUNOHIO, you are most likely someone who is interested in running, but you may not understand that cross-country is a great sport. It doesn’t always get the attention that it truly deserves, and, at times, those who are passionate about it don’t communicate how special this sport really is.

“I used to be skinny when I was a runner in college. Look at me now. My BMI says I am “obese.”

 

With a couple of more months of hot weather running many athletes are looking forward to the fall with cooler temperatures. Don't forget to drink plenty of water before and after your runs. This is especially important during the hot and humid summer days.

Steaming hot summers bring up nutrition questions for runners who are training and competing in the heat:

Intestinal Distress: Gutting It Out - While some runners have cast iron stomachs and few concerns about what and when they eat before they exercise, others live in fear of pre-exercise fuel contributing to undesired pit stops during their workouts. Be it stomach rumbling, a need to urinate or defecate, reflux,nausea, heartburn, or side stitch, how to prevent intestinal distress is a topic of interest to athletes with finnicky guts. Here are tips to help you fuel well before and during runs, races and workouts while reducing the risk of gastro-intestinal (GI) distress. For more in-depth information, you might want to read The Athlete’s Gut by Patrick Wilson or listen to this podcast: https://www.scienceofultra.com/podcasts/16  


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