Marathon Training Issue #4: Is there a correlation between Marathon Training and Acid Reflux?

Greetings loyal readers! My marathon training has gone fairly well. I am consistently running four miles without stopping to walk on Saturday mornings. New shoes are still on my agenda before I start running longer distances. However, I have noticed something strange in the last couple weeks.

Three times on two different days I have experienced acid reflux. I did not have ANY acid reflux before I started my marathon training. What might be causing this? According to WebMd, acid reflux can be related to eating a large meal (I eat a lot now that I am running). I am also a graduate student… so could it be stress related to grad school? I am guessing it is related to me eating more. However, my meals aren’t that much larger than they used to be. I am eating more often during the day… but I am only eating when I feel hungry.

What is the answer to increasing my intake of food without experiencing acid reflux while doing this marathon training? If you are reading my blog and have other helpful tips to keep me from injury, or to become a better runner, please share them.

1 thought on “Marathon Training Issue #4: Is there a correlation between Marathon Training and Acid Reflux?

  1. When food is taken in as part of the digestive process, it will normally pass from the mouth to the throat, and then into the esophagus in order to pass to the stomach before it moves on to the intestines. At the opening that lies between the stomach and the esophagus is a small ring known as the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. The LES functions to close off to prevent stomach acid from rising up. When it fails to operate properly, acid reflux is the result.There can be many causes for this to happen to someone. :

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