Participating in a long distance events such as the half and full marathon is always a challenging experience. Some runners constantly battle with common injuries such as the runner’s knee, Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, ankle sprain and stress fracture. Aside from dealing with these common injuries, a few long distance runners also experience a condition commonly referred to as the runner’s trot.
The main cause of runner’s trot remains unclear but the condition is believed to be triggered by the effects of long-distance running on human bowels. In order words, the up and down effect during running or exercising is believed to trigger runner’s trot. In addition, the redirection of blood flow from the legs and hands during a long distance race could also lead to runner’s trot.
Runners trot consists of a variety of gastrointestinal signs such as painful cramping, diarrhoea, flatulence and nausea. People suffering from this condition experience the urgent need for defecation. More people are believed to be affected by this syndrome as about 20 to 50 percent of runners in a 10k event are experiencing varying degrees of runner’s trot. A lot of people experiencing this condition are considered to be too embarrassed to reveal their situation.
Runners experiencing this bowel disorder are always interested in the availability of portable toilet facilities at race events such as the London marathon. When marathon organisers hire and strategically place these units along the race course, people experiencing runner’s trot are more likely to feel at ease due to sufficient facilities. There are simple tips that can help you address the runner’s trot condition and ensure your race experience is memorable.
Simple tips to preventing runners trot
Overall, knowing you have the condition is the first step and seeking practical ways to dealing with the symptoms could enhance your race performance.
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