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GUT LUCK

HOW CAN RUNNERS, WHO LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN DISCUSSING THE STATE OF THEIR STOMACHS, IMPROVE OVERALL GUT HEALTH — AND PERHAPS REDUCE THE URGENCY OF THAT PRE-RACE PIT STOP

RUNNER’S DIGEST

A runner’s diet isn’t always the healthiest; the combination of high sugar and processed food, combined with exercise, means many runners suffer some form of gut trouble. Here, I’ll discuss how to choose foods that soothe and strengthen the gut, and what to avoid to ensure everything works smoothly.

There has been much focus on the gut microbiome recently, as we now know that it plays a central part in immunity and well-being. The gut microbiome is essentially the balance of bacteria that resides in your digestive system. There are good bacteria and bad bacteria coexisting within this delicate ecosystem and an imbalance can quickly make us feel pretty awful. When the bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria, we can suffer gastric distress such as cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and flatulence which ultimately affects our emotional balance and performance. This is further complicated by stress and anxiety and even the motion of running in itself can increase symptoms.

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New to running? The February issue of Men’s Running is tailor-made for you. If, like many, your decision to dust the cobwebs off your trainers was driven by Christmas guilt, then signing up to a race, several months down the line, is an excellent way to keep that new-year motivation running high. And for that, our Ultimate Race Guide is a good place to start. Featuring 100 of the UK’s – and indeed the world’s – premier running events, you’re guaranteed to find a race that takes your fancy. And here’s hoping it will mark the start of a long and event-full running journey. It's not all about racing, of course, as proved by MR debutant Matt Buck, who embarked on a self-supported run along Portugal's stunning and appropriately named Historical Way. And of course there’s the usual blend of seasonal training advice, exclusive reviews, witty race reports and nutrition know-how – all of which, we hope, can help you make 2018 your best running year yet.