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YOUR MAGAZINE MENTIONS THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A POO BEFORE A RACE. MY RECENT DISASTROUS FIRST ATTEMPT AT A MARATHON WAS DUE, IN PART, TO MY INABILITY TO DO THIS. ANY TIPS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS PLEASE?

Bowels cause so many problems for runners! It’s not always possible to poo on demand so going before a race is hard and not always needed. It depends what your regular bowel habit is like and whether you’ve had any problems in your training runs. It’s easier if you’re someone who usually poos in the morning. The best trigger to get things going is the gastro-colic reflex; this means putting something in your stomach to encourage your bowel to move. Allow plenty of time on race-day morning to eat breakfast and have a hot drink; caffeine can act as a laxative in many people. Keep well hydrated in the days leading up to your marathon because inadequate fluids quickly lead to constipation. If you like to load with carbs before a race, then be wary of which you use. A bucketful of pasta will bung you up so try a baked sweet potato instead.

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About Women’s Running

Start running today with the July issue of Women’s Running magazine, on sale now! In this beginners' special, we've got a step-by-step guide to going for your first few runs, with expert input from coaches and advice from the Women's Running team - trust us, we've been there! Resident GP Dr Juliet McGrattan helps you overcome your barriers to running, and we'll also give you eight great reasons to start today. Already a runner and need to step things up? We've got an eight-move Pilates workout for you, plus for the dedicated athlete, we'll show you 10 next-level exercises to strengthen your core. Plus, don't miss part two of our 2017 Ultimate Race Guide, detailing 100 must-do races from now till December.