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How to poop before a run


Have you ever struggled on how to poop before a run? This post is for you!

Let’s talk about what you can do to get your digestive system going and kick start things before your run so you aren’t caught with the urge to go during the run

Drink water

You’ve heard me talk about drinking 20 ounces of water as soon as you get up in the morning when your alarm clock goes off.

The rationale here is actually so you’ll need to pee within the next 10 minutes and and you won’t hit snooze twice!

As an added bonus, it gets your digestive system moving, which is good for the go.

Eating food helps get your digestive system going as well (side note: I’m back to eating breakfast now, but still run fasted).

Regardless of whether you exercise in the morning or afternoon, make sure you’re timing your eating or drinking in front of your effort.

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Try not to stress

Rushing around prior to your run is not doing your body any favors.

Real talk: some of you need to run immediately after work or it’s not going to happen. It’s how you destress.

Utilize a program on apps like Headspace, Calm, or breathing exercises through Foci or GoNoodle to make a good attempt at reducing your stress levels.

A relaxed you makes for relaxed bowels and…well, you know!


Look, I don’t know how sensitive you are to caffeine, but this one is a guarantee for poop.

You’ll need to mix your preworkout with water anyway, but it’s more the combination of caffeine and B vitamins that gets things moving.

In fact, you’ll want to allow yourself a bit of additional time between taking your preworkout and actually heading out the door for the run.

Most people find an extra 5 minutes or so is the difference between going in your own potty (not a Mom? That means “toilet”).

Which one though?

Real talk: there are a lot of great options out there. It’s a great time to be alive!

I like Red H Nutrition’s Formula H – my favorite flavors are Cherry Limeade and Bomb Pop. Remember to use RUNLIFTMOM for 15% off!

For a stimulant free option, check out HumanN Beet Elite and use RUNLIFTMOMPOD10 for 10% off

Not a fan of caffeine? You can find stimulant free preworkout, too

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