I haven't blogged about this little topic much - mostly to spare y'all the details! However, yesterday I had a little breakthrough and I needed to share it.
During this year's training, my stomach has been a NIGHTMARE. It's usually okay for shorter runs, but anything over 10 miles can be bad. I honestly wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish my 18 miler. Well, after several discussions - and quite honestly several months of denial - I'm starting to think gluten may be the issue. I'm fairly certain I don't have celiac disease (and the test is very invasive, so I'm okay with not knowing), but have more of an intolerance.
Well, yesterday I decided to eliminate gluten from my pre-run diet. Eggs didn't sound very appetizing at 6 a.m. and I certainly didn't want to be cooking that ridiculously early, but I thought I'd try it out. Wouldn't you know - I WAS FINE!! It just might be that an english muffin was my enemy.
I'm definitely going to start trying to reduce my gluten from here on out. After yesterday, I think I'm going to feel so much better during training. I think I would feel a lot better in general if I went gluten free completely, but I don't want to throw that at my body before the marathon - so I think I'm going to commit to that in November (pre-Thanksgiving). I can't even tell you how thrilled I was yesterday to not have to make a pit stop or feel like the pain in my stomach was too much to handle during my run.
On another note - my shoes were great! Who knew that this whole time I just needed a wide shoe?! Thank you, Running Company!