Ammonia odor in urine after hard exercise?
February 3, 2010 7:00 PM   Subscribe

Why does my urine often have a strong smell of ammonia after a really hard run/jog?

I had a great 5 mile run on Monday but a killer hard 3 mile'r yesterday.
I'm a post menopausal, vegetarian female
I've noticed that when I have a really hard, miserable run I often have an ammonia like odor - in the summer it is all over but in the winter -just the urine.
posted by Tullyogallaghan to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
dehydration concentrates it - hydrate yourself
posted by caddis at 7:05 PM on February 3, 2010

This is really common and caused by tissue breakdown. You're smelling nitrogen. I get the same thing when I'm doing a lot of strength training or when I've been sick and not eating properly.
posted by lunalaguna at 7:06 PM on February 3, 2010 [1 favorite]

posted by embrangled at 7:43 PM on February 3, 2010

Yep, burning muscle it is...You need to up your carbohydrates and drink more.
posted by aquafortis at 11:45 PM on February 3, 2010

Response by poster: Sorry for the duplicate question - I swear I did two searches before posting this! I guess I didn't adequately analyze the results which were listed alphabetically.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 7:49 AM on February 4, 2010

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