So I have an. . . interesting problem. It's truly bizarre and I have never heard of it before. So to explain it I will make a short story long (no, I did not write that incorrectly - that's what I mean).
During the weekdays I do a fairly short run - a 3-mile run is about as much as I can squeeze in before my husband has to leave for work at 6:25. On Saturdays I usually do about a 6-mile run. And now that I am training for the Moab 1/2 next month, I've been doing 6, 7, 8, etc. mile-runs on Saturdays.
Every long-run for the past 5 weeks I come home and am unable to eat any food because of my parotid gland (a gland on your jaw-bone, under your ear - it makes saliva, i.e., spit). It freaks out - my parotid gland - and causes me so much pain that I can not eat. I can hardly think about food because then my gland goes into spasms - or whatever it is - and it so awful! Has anyone ever had such a problem? It doesn't happen on my shorter runs - just those runs 6-plus miles. The first time it happened I had chewed gum on my run and thought that was why - I had overstimulated the gland or something. But I haven't had gum the last 4-5 weeks and it still happens.
So weird and so miserable! I did a 10-mile run today, was finished running at 9am, but couldn't eat anything until noon. I was starving. :)
Anyone with any suggestions or help????