Running and having your period

March 27, 2011
I used to welcome having my period as a great excuse to skip a run, without the guilt. But in time it proved inadequate in the face of my growing desire to run.

I couldn't understand it. 'What are you doing!' I screamed to myself. 'Here's a wonderful opportunity to skip your run without feeling guilty, and you're spoiling it!'

Because though at first, my period gave me a free pass to skip runs for seven days, soon it dwindled to five days, then three. 'Okay, but those three days are absolutely non-negotiable!' I decided.

But then, on the second day of my period, I yearned for my Thursday morning routine: going out for a run, and then treating myself to a nice cup of coffee. Without the run, I knew the coffee wouldn't taste half as good.

So I grabbed my copy of 'Running for women' and read that for some women, having their period, makes them faster runners. But nowhere did it read you shouldn't go out for a run during your period.
'Ha!' I said to myself. 'I'll just go then!'

As it turned out, I'm nót one of those women who run faster during their period. On the contrary, it was a struggle all the way.

But my cup of coffee afterwards, never tasted better.

Do you run during your period?
How are your runs during your period?

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! No periods for me any more. I am on the pill 24/7 (helps with a hormone imbalance) and have been for years. It's nice not to have to think about that. Good for you for going out and getting it done!

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  2. I've been skippin' em during Aunt Flo's visits, good for you to keep going, haha!

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  3. You know, it never even occurred to me to skip a run when I'm on my period. However, I skip runs for LOTS of way less sensible reasons.

    As for slower performance, I have never noticed a difference ... on the other hand, I may just not have made the connection between the two. After a recent bout of low blood iron, however, my doctor recommended taking iron supplements during that part of my cycle. Seems to help me all through the month.

    I've never seen a woman runner blog about this topic -- thanks!

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