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Asked 5 years ago

How can I alleviate "stomach shutdown" during a race?

I’m a 33-year-old female weighing about 118 pounds. I’ve been running for almost 20 years. When participating in endurance events, I have trouble with my stomach shutting down. At about the three-hour mark during a marathon, I am no longer able to intake a gel or other food without feeling nauseated. My recent Ironman competition went well for the first two legs, but by mile six of the run my stomach began cramping and that continued for the next hour and a half. I vomited during miles 19 through 24. What can I do to alleviate this problem?

Cheryl Smith, Mill Valley, CA

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