Here is why dealing with a gluten intolerance blows… quite literally (unexpectedly, uncontrollably…).
I travelled this week for work, which meant an average of 15 hour work days, late dinners, and eating in unfamiliar places. Somewhere along the trip, I must have eaten gluten on accident and now I am paying the price.
Today, I ran 5.5 miles of hills (4 MASSIVE ones!). And, I’m lucky I made it home. Mile 2.5, I started to hear my stomach gooshing up and down with each step. Mile 3, I started to get gassy (although, if anyone were to pass by, I would have totally blamed Bisou!). Mile 4, I had to go to the bathroom and tried to concentrate on something, anything else to get me the mile and a half home! Mile 5, I started up the last big hill to my house. About half way up, I felt like I was losing control- which is an unfortunate side effect when I eat gluten. Yeah, gross- I know. I live it!!! LUCKILY, I made it to the top and inside, but man! It was a close day. I got sick immediately. And it took several hours for my stomach to recover.
Since I arrived in Scottsdale on Monday evening, my runs have been off, troubled with GI issues. Tuesday, I ran 4 miles and while the majority of the run was great (albeit for lead legs), the last tenth of a mile hit me hard with my tummy starting to rumble. Wednesday, I woke up sick and contemplated whether it was smart to even run. My tummy calmed down and I headed out. By mile 4 though, I had some severe flatulence going on- thankfully, no one else was out at 5am (I guess I was the only crazy one!)…
What did I eat? Who knows! I try to be careful, I ask for a GF menu, but in restaurants, you never know since you aren’t preparing the meal yourself. I’m finally feeling better, 4 hours post run. But I still needed to whine about it here- sorry!
Some good things to note about my trip to Scottsdale. I ran in shorts and t-shirts both days! Woot Woot! Tuesday, I even got to wear my new running skirt that I bought at the expo for the Tucson Marathon- and it was so COMFORTABLE 🙂 I had to take a picture post run to show you. And yes, I totally took a picture of myself in the mirror- hey! don’t judge!