Dear Dr. J,
I have a really embarrassing problem. I’ve recently lost 70 lbs. the old fashioned way. I changed my eating habits and started walking and then eventually running. I’m 47 years old and I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life, except for one thing. I simply cannot get “regular”. My colon has decided it’s feast or famine. Neither works for my lifestyle!
I’ve asked friends about this and they insist it must be because my diet doesn’t have enough fiber, but that definitely isn’t the case. I’m not at all on a low carb diet…in fact I eat pasta, rice, breads, etc. fairly regularly. My weekday morning breakfasts are typically a banana and a Fiber One bar. I feel like my diet is pretty well-rounded with protein, carbs and lots of vegetables & fruit.
The problem comes in when I start my day with a run. I’m in training for the Half-I challenge at the Illinois Marathon. I’ve been running a 5K at least three times a week, usually in the morning. The result is often that I need to go mid-run, or that I feel like I have to, but simply CAN’T go, no matter how much time (and for lack of a better word “effort”) I spend in the bathroom. It’s very frustrating.
Do you have any suggestions for me? I’m mortified that I may need to make a pit stop in the middle of the marathon.