I have a fairly persistent problem with "sloshing" sounds when running. Specifically, on the downbeat of each step, I get this feeling and sound like there's fluid being dropped suddenly. It's annoying, and eventually starts to interfere with my running since my stomach starts cramping and I start feeling like I need to find a bathroom (although, in actuality, there often is nothing to discharge). Poking around on the internet, the general consensus is that it's a factor of too much fluid in the stomach, and the way to solve it is to drink less when running. However, a) that doesn't do much good if it starts after I've been running for several minutes and b) it doesn't feel like it's at stomach level, but lower down on the body and more toward the back. It doesn't always happen, although I've found that it's a bit more common at times when I'm having one of my days-long borborygmus incidents (and yes, I've seen a doctor on that, and they basically shrugged and said it didn't seem harmful).

Keeping my core tensed seems to help, oddly enough, but that's tiring to do for several minutes at a time. Other than trying to drink less fluids during the day (I'll often down a fair amount during the day, although I try to avoid drinking too close to running for fear of cramps), is there anything I can do?

  • I'm assuming you run for an aerobic component. Have you tried other types of aerobics, and, do you get the same "sloshing"? – rrirower Mar 27 '15 at 15:18
  • Running is the only place I've experienced it. Given the mechanics of where it happens, I'd half expect jumproping to provoke the same symptoms, but since it's intermittent, it's kind of hard to test. – Sean Duggan Mar 27 '15 at 15:23
  • Maybe it's time to monitor what you eat before a run. – rrirower Mar 27 '15 at 15:26

I would suggest the following:

  • When hydrating, do so in small amounts over long period of time rather than drinking a whole glass/cup/bottle at once
  • Eat meals 3-4 hours or more before running
  • Experiment with what you're eating
  • Try eating something like bread before you run (not a lot, see point 2)

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