How do I keep from being sick when I run?

I like to exercise everyday since I gain muscle quickly and lose it even faster. I want to be able to run longer distances and, eventually, faster than 7 km per hour.

However, I have just finished two weeks worth of heavy strength antibiotics (from the doctor for a blod clot because of my wisdom teeth surgery.... don't ask.) and it I'm worried that it's messing with me. For the past couple of days I've had to stop mid-mile because i was close to throwing up. It's an odd feeling though because it doesn't come from my diaphram or anything, but rather from my lower belly/pelvic region, like i were having some sort of menstraul cramp (which isn't the case). I eat enough and the right foods. I get good amounts of protein, not too much. And I drink loads of water all the time. But, I'm worried that I may be pushing it. But, I'm also worried that if I relax the workout (even a little because it is pretty pathetic at the moment) I will quickly get out of shape and all my work will be for nothing. I used to run 5K's every other day. I used to be able to run up hill, downhill, and anywhere i felt like roads or the woods. Now I can barely run half a mile almost completely down hill without feeling the need to puke. Help me please. ... Another thing. Maybe it is the weather? I am a desert kind of girl.... not 40 below-in-the-snow kind of girl.


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9 Replies

  • Any kind of advice would be helpful, other than talk to your doctor, because eventually i will. But, until then i would appreciate some immediate type of action ideas.

  • What is coming through to me in what you have written is that it all sounds quite driven and not relaxed (and not fun!). It's not at all relaxing to have someone say "Chill!" so I won't say that but perhaps you could build some meditation/relaxation sessions into your all-round fitness regime, and looking at some alternative calming (yoga?) exercise on your non-running days. It sounds as though keeping to the discipline of having a day between runs in which to recover and build up readiness may be especially important for you at the moment. A frenzy of chasing fitness often seems to lead to a downward spiral rather than positive progress.

    If you had a general anaesthetic for your dental work, that alone can sometimes take a surprising amount of time to get out of your system. Antibiotics do commonly mess with the gut. Some people like to eat live yoghurt or take probiotics after a course of antibiotics. And the final thing which occurs to me is that if you are drinking 'loads of water all the time' that might be something you could tweak too - I know drinking more than a small glass of water before I go out doesn't work well for me.

    And then too, there's our old blog favourite "some runs are just not good runs, don't over-think it"

    Hope you feel better soon.

  • This is great thank you so much.

  • I was also going to suggest probiotic yoghurts, I know some hospitals have started giving them to patients who are on antibiotics.

    Probably not what you want to hear but try and take it easy and ease yourself back in gently.

  • Thank you and i did need to ease myself back into it gently. I thought i could pick up where i left off but my body isn't as capable for things like that.... :/ oh well hah.

  • There is such a thing as overtraining. You are overtraining. You build muscle because they tear when you exercise and heal when you rest. You need to leave a day inbetween each run. However you could do other exercise such as swimming, yoga etc on your days off. I think the way you're going at the moment is going to result in burn out and then you won't be doing any exercise at all! Time for a re-think in your strategy and goals!

  • i think my goals are fine. but thank you for trying to help.

  • What Mark says - sounds like you are overtraining (try googling it if you're not convinced!)

    You said, "I want to be able to run longer distances and, eventually, faster than 7 km per hour. " My question - Why does that seem so important? Maybe aiming to be able to run comfortably for x minutes, and then gradually build it up would be more fun - and healthier in the long run (bad but unintentional pun)!

  • The goal IS from gradual buildup. It's important to me because not many can do it and i believe with enough training i can. And i did google whether or not i might have been over doing it. I came on here to ask others who could answer my question directly from opinion. But thanks anyways.

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