Hey there -
Thanks for the responses! Another question: Does the magnitude of the response correlate to the amount of gluten ingested? I think that this last reaction has been my worst since going on the diet over 2 years ago. I also think that it's been my worst contamination...
I'm just wondering how long it takes for people to show symptoms after being "glutened"... I'm pretty sure that I ate sauce with flour in it last Wednesday night. I felt "tingly" right away. Thursday, I felt tired and brain-fogged - but no bad stomach problems. Same on Friday - Also, I had to pee often. Then the D* started Saturday & hasn't let up since (it's Tues. now). I don't think I've eaten anything with gluten since last Wed. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
I am a female runner age 35. I run a lot of miles because I don't particularly like running fast & I don't get the "endorphin" effect if I run shorter distances (at the same pace, anyway). I typically run 8.5 min miles for my training runs. I do run marathons & have just started trying ultras (longest so far is 34 miles).
I have just started (after being on the gluten free diet for a little over a year) gaining the weight I need to get my hormone levels regular... Still have a few pounds to go. I have to eat almost continuously (it seems) to even maintain my weight while running as much as I do.
What time of day do you usually run? I try to get out before work in the morning (although this is when I have the most problems with "the runs"), but - especially in the winter - sometimes go run on the treadmill at the gym after work instead.
9 miles in 65 min, huh? I sometimes run that fast, but not too often. My best marathon time is 3:16 (7:30 min/mile pace). If you have the time, you might try going longer and slower and seeing how you feel.
Usually I just run once a day - typically 10 miles on weekdays and 15+ miles on weekend days.
I run a lot of miles, but at low-moderate intensity...
It's so hard to figure out what upsets the stomach. Before the celiac diagnosis, I just thought that I had the "Runner's Runs" all the time. The SlowFe doesn't seem to upset my stomach at all, though. Just curious, do you drink coffee? I'm totally addicted, but I think that it might upset my stomach a bit.
I'm a marathon runner & was diagnosed in August, 2004. My main problem before going gluten-free was anemia - got so bad that my skin tone changed (i.e., no "rosy cheeks") not to mention that I often had to walk up hills. After going gluten-free & taking iron pills, I ran my personal best marathon in October (yahoo!).
Although it's more difficult to "refuel" nowadays - at races, for example, the organizers often provide bagels for breakfast & sponsor a pre-race pasta dinner, etc. - if you're careful, there's lots of runner-friendly stuff you can still eat (e.g., some flavors of Balance bars, dried fruit, GU, trail mix,... are some of my favorites). Of course, as a runner, you have to make sure you eat lots of carbs (i.e., "high energy" food). Just do the pre-race pasta dinner with rice noodles...
Don't know if this is related, but the symptom that led me down the path of finding out I have celiac is a "cotton wool" spot that I had on my retina. Has anyone else had this symptom? My eye doc. says they're common in people with high blood pressure. Although my blood pressure is good (low even), I was quite anemic at the time, which I think, caused the problem.
Love these threads on Celiac & exercise! I'm a marathon runner, and I pretty much run every day. Lately, most of my runs have been indoors (on the treadmill at the gym) - but it's much more fun to run outdoors.... Even in the snow.
I've found that since I started the gluten-free diet, my energy levels have risen tremendously (most likely 'cause I got the anemia under control). You do have to make sure you're eating enough, though... I seem to have much more energy when I run after having had at least one meal than when I run before breakfast.
Interestingly enough, during a "gluten episode", my stomach tends to feel better when I'm running than when I'm just sitting around (perhaps because blood is directed to the leg muscles instead of the stomach??) - Anyone else find this to be the case? Afterwards, however, it can be just as bad as before running (or sometimes worse).
Don't have chest pains (could breathing in cold air be the culprit in your case?).
About Balance Bars:
NOTE that they are all sold with the caveat that they are produced in a facility that also processes wheat, nuts, etc. That said, I haven't had any reaction to eating them (so far). The company's policy is to clearly label all wheat/gluten containing ingredients (so the ingredient "natural flavor" will not contain gluten for these products, for example).
I've been sticking mostly to the Balance+ bars: yogurt-berry and lemon merangue are my favorites.
About Celiac & sports... I haven't seen any books specifically on this either. I do read "Runner's World" magazine, which often has articles about how runners need lots of carbs and provides lists of "runner-friendly" foods. Might consider taking a look at www.runnersworld.com. Much of the advice can pretty easily be modified for gluten-free diets.
Hi there - Good to see so many athletic people out there! I'm definitely on a high today after having run a PR in my 18th marathon this past Sunday (3:16)... This is by far my best time for 8 years or so & I'll attribute it to the gluten-free diet - which I started after being diagnosed with celiac in August - (and getting my iron levels up)! Sorry for that "outburst" but I'm just so excited!
As far as good gluten-free snacks go - I like Balance bars and the fruit & nut Boomi bars. Trail mix is great as well. I haven't tried any of the gluten-free breads yet, but I've found that muffins made with gluten-free pancake/baking mix are quite good (I like making them with apples and raisins). I also have an incredible sweet tooth, so I like keeping a stash of hard candies around (I know a fellow marathoner who likes to take skittles along during long training runs).
I've found that sports drinks (like gatoraid) and sports gels tend to make my stomach cramp... I find if I eat well a couple hours before I race, water is enough to keep me going though. Then I continuously "snack" after I'm done.
As far as the "Runners' Runs" problem - I get that sometimes too (not as often after having gone gluten-free, though)... Usually, I just try to make sure that my route goes by a good place to stop. Although I always hear that it's bad to do this, I like to snack right up to when I go to sleep... That way, I seem to have the most energy when I run early in the morning. Another thing you might try if you have the time is to go for a short walk before your main run - sort of a warm-up.
Anyway - Happy trails!
Hi - I was recently diagnosed with celiacs & have just started the gluten-free diet. I'm also a marathon runner (and anemic). I find that I'm ok with long, moderately paced runs, but that hills & short, fast runs are really tough. I think that if you just keep up with the running, eventually you'll start feeling better.
I have a question and a comment... First the comment - I contacted the Balance Bar people, who told me that many of their products do not contain any gluten, per se. They are, however, produced in a facility where wheat products are processed as well. I figure that this is probably ok (am I correct? I don't feel bad when I eat them certainly...). Also, I go on travel a lot for work & was wondering if it's better to stick religiously to the gluten-free diet or to "cheat" if it's between that and going hungry. Any comments?