Nausea After Marathons?

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by Sheldon Hallis

Nausea After RunningI am SICK of this.

So I started running in 2009. Besides the fact that I was very unfit and my legs and lungs took a pounding I seemed to be doing OK. Every time we upped the mileage my knees hurt and my first 30km training run went fine.

Then I ran my first race.

All was well, I took in the same liquids as my training runs so the race seemed ok. I was really tired at the end but what I was not prepared for was the sudden onslaught of NAUSEA.

Where did that come from? Everybody was happily eating burgers after the race and I was turning green. I did not want to look at, smell or even think of food.

The 100km drive home did not help either. In the end I lived to run another day. That is until the next race and the next race and the next. All producing the same results, I even took it one step further on the Comrades and threw up all the Energade that I drank. I was not dehydrated because even though I threw up all the other systems where still a go.

So this year started and I thought that maybe after running the Big Daddy this problem would be out of my way. But alas it is back. It seems to be worse.

So I have tried the salt and vinegar chips, I have tried the Soda Water, Rehydrate, eating while running, not wearing my heart rate monitor. What I haven’t tried is pills, anti nausea and motion sickness.

My theory is that I get so tense before a race that my stomach absorbs all the stress and reacts accordingly.

I don’t think that my blood sugar has anything to do with it, or the fact that I really push it at races (because some training runs we really push it hard). I would really like to continue running races and running them hard (so slowing down is not an option) so I need help.

What do you think?

What has been your experience?

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2 Responses to Nausea After Marathons?

  1. Christopher June 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Hey Sheldon,

    So nice to see you online and participating in the running community!

    I sometimes have the same problem as you and I find that I get that feeling normally after a hard run and when I use a wrong technique to cool myself down. What I find to work for me is to put on something warm even if the temperature is boiling hot, I find that it helps to slowly cool myself down, rather than sitting with no shirt and having a light breeze giving you chills.

    What I also do is, drink a glass of water with diluted salt and sugar and instead of eating something like a hamburger, I would eat something that is tasteless, like spaghetti with no sauce only the spaghetti and salt, what I’ve been doing lately has been helping me in many ways from, recovering from a race or a training run is USN meal replacement shakes. These milkshakes pack a heavy load of vitamins and protein a swell as carbohydrates, since you just had a hard run, your body requires every bit of nutrition.

    And something interesting, after any training or racing you have a 45min window to replace nutrition lost or used during the event, so I’ve made it a set thing to always drink my shakes at least 10min after my run. If you can follow this simple rule you’ll notice a huge difference in your recovery and energy levels.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Enjoy the running and Nice run with the Comrades, I’ll see you there next year.

  2. Tyson January 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    I know this is an old post but I would like to see if you have found anything that helps with after race nausea. I have had this happen 3 times and all of those times were on longer runs (20+ miles) in direct sunlight. After the race I get really sick for 4-6 hours where I can’t keep anything down and it almost feels like motion sickness or seasickness. Has anyone found anything that works?

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