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If I would happen to throw up during an endurance race, what are the next steps I should be immediately taking to get myself back into order to continue?<br><br>
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I guess it depends on a lot of things: what's causing you to lose your cookies? how bad was the "session"? how do you feel afterwards?<br><br>
First things first: take a look at it and make sure you don't have anything freaky coming up...like blood or something, or just ate something that didn't sit well.. Assess how you feel--can you walk a bit, are you gonna puke more? Get your business over and done with, and make sure you're able to continue on first. Don't push yourself too soon if you are REALLY hurting.<br><br>
Next, freshen up a bit. Rinse. Get the taste out. Walk it off for a few minutes. If it's on your clothes, rinse em off. Try to get it out of mind.<br><br>
Next, if you are able, pop some ginger. If you puked a good amount, you may want to rehydrate as well. Small amounts at a time though. Remember to take the proper amount of electrolytes in as well...really critical when you're up chucking. From that point on, I'd try to be cautious about what you take in...wouldn't do any painkillers that may upset things, and you may want to restrict caloric intake to things that are gentle--some sports drinks, gels, maybe saltines.<br><br>
My last puking episode was at TNF. I was fairly productive...lost a good bit o' fluid along with some chocolate brownies that just didn't like swishing around in 100 degree heat (apparently I don't do well with sugary snacks in hot temps). I had to walk about 5 minutes before even thinking about popping a ginger chew, and then it was about 10 minutes before I could even get to a really slow run again. Within a half hour, I was much better.
 

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Thank goodness Durt is discreet with his puking, cause i missed it when he did it, even though we were together for 95% of the race <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
1. mot important step is PREVENTION. Make sure you are eating enough and taking in enough electrolytes and S! caps. Once you feel a twinge of nausea, eat lots og ginger. Walk if you have to. I find that some foods i can tolerate, and others i cannot. Bring a plastic baggie with you and fill it up at the aid station, so you can nibble slowly. Pretzels, soup, etc. Anything bland and salty. Also, coke (not pepsi) at the aid stations<br><br>
2. why did you puke? Dehydration? electrolyte imbalance? heat? overexertion? bad food?<br><br>
3. Drink and try to get some calories back in. Gingerale at aid stations is good too
 

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Good stuff, thanks.<br><br>
In making my lists, I almost forgot to add ginger candy. I definitely want to have that along, just in case.<br><br>
Every time I've felt pukey, it was because I didn't keep up with the hydration/electrolytes thing. I am going to be very focused on it this time.
 

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Sometimes your stomach rejects the things you've fed it. It happens. Excess sodium (and I really mean excess) is known to cause nausea as well.<br><br>
If it happens to you, no fear. Understand that you need to replace the essentials back into your system in order to keep moving forward. I.e. water, electrolytes, and calories.<br><br>
Good question. Armed with this info, you should be able to rebound from an unwanted cookie toss. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cheers">
 

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The first time I puked during a race, I was 30 miles into a 50 miler & thought my race was over...until a gal from the Montrail team caught up & asked if I was OK. I replied that I puked, but unsure...she matter-of-factly said 'The body has an amazing way of balancing itself out"...& she carried on. Turns out she was right. I made my way to the next aid station & ingested what looked palatable...at that time it was coke & melon. It worked.<br>
Another thing you could try to do, is analyze the....umm...puddle. After puking about 100 feet after leaving an aid station, I looked at the mess, did a calculation in my head, & figured I had simply over-stuffed myself & that I now had the proper amount of calories in my system.<br><br>
It's probably too much to cover in a single thread, but I would say that staying calm is probably the best thing you can do...it's just a textured burp.<br>
One thing to remember, is that your body probably has enough reserves to carry on for another couple of hours...providing that the puking is a one-off incident...& you will get to the next aid station.
 
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