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I've been a runner now for almost 5 years now cross country and track. For as long as I can remember, whenever I would be pushing myself during a race or during practice, I would be accompanied with diarrhea cramps. These cramps would go away after a while.. but it's so bothersome! And recently, like today after I ran a good 40 minutes, I had stomach pain that felt both like nausea and diarrhea, but nothing has come of it. This has been happening quite a bit recently.

Is this all normal? Does anyone have similar experiences? I drink a good amount of water everyday that I run.. maybe it's my diet?

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Lisa: here's some thorough information on running and abdominal cramps for you:

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I was a competitive swimmer for 8 years, and whenever I got cramps, it was because I was overworking myself or I wasn't drinking enough water. A lot of athletes underestimate the amount of water they need because we're not the "average" person...we work out like crazy and lose a lot of water in the process, so we need to drink extra extra! But don't over do it-that could be dangerous too. The person who would know the best is your coach (o.k., sometimes not), or, even better, your doctor. Potassium intake also helps with cramps (like in bananas). The nausea is telling you your body cannot take much more. There is a difference between thinking your going to die in the last 50 yrds of your race and knowing that your body is telling you to stop because you are harming it.

Does your diarrhea happen at certain times? Sometimes for me, it happens a week before my period, so your menstrual cycle may have something to do with it if you a) are a girl and b)actually have a menstrual cycle.

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