Bryon Powell January 02, 2013 TWEET COMMENTS 0

Nagging Nausea - Page 2


4. Rising to Your Feet
If nausea or a bout of vomiting has stopped you in your tracks, your run or race doesn’t need to end. Many ultrarunners employ a self-induced hurl to help reset the stomach. “I haven’t found specific scientific research on this,” says Terranova on the ol’ ultrarunning wives’ tale, “but I know many ultrarunners discuss its benefits and I’ve even seen it work.”

The longer-term (and more widely-recommended) solution is to slow down, cool off (if relevant) and take care of yourself. Once you’re able, start to eat and drink (in moderation) again while being extra careful of your electrolyte-water and sugar-water balances.


Tips on Not Tossing Your Cookies: Trail runners weigh in on how they deal with nausea

• When you start to feel nauseous, Texas-based, long-time ultrarunner Olga King says, “Drink ice-cold water and eat no food for at least 45 minutes.”

• “At the 2011 Western States 100, I vomited after taking too much salt,” says 2011 and 2012 Western States champ and course-record holder, Ellie Greenwood. “To recover, I backed off the salt, slowly sipped plain water and tentatively took gels for the next two hours until my stomach settled.”

• “Mints, ginger ale, S! Caps, Tums and/or apple juice,” is how Pennsylvania ultrarunner and Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Meredith Murphy treats her nausea. She has a last resort, too. “Sometimes I just puke and keep going.”

• Utah-based Emily Mitzel reflects on her recent finish at the 2012 Wasatch 100 (which included a couple bouts of puking), “My biggest advice about nausea is what I call ‘riding the fence.’  Push yourself hard enough to get on top of the fence but not so hard that you fall over it. During Wasatch, I kept leaning too far over the fence.”


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