Running and having your period

Running during your period

Running during your period.

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.

I'm itching for a run

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.

Running during your period makes you faster?  

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?


Jennifer said...

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!

Joggin' Momma said...

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

Reluctant Runner said...

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!

The Lazy Gastronome said...

Back in my running days the only time I missed a run on my period was because of cramps. But the more I ran, the less intense the cramps were. Great post! Thank you for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth Link party! Have an awesome weekend.

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