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Friday, September 23, 2011

Bad timing!!! ...or maybe not...thoughts?

*Warning: this post is regarding Lovely Aunt Flo....so if  that's gonna be TMI for you, don't read on.*

So...as you all know I have my first Post Injury race tomorrow:) 10K. I'm excited and looking forward to it. Not putting too much pressure on myself but eager to see what my body will do with race adrenaline after 8wks of base miles. HOPING for a good outcome.

Yesterday, however, I felt a sudden crankiness come over me...then stomach cramps.......
and yes, this morning I woke up to my PERIOD! (I am terrible and never track my period. stupid me). GRRRRR....this would explain the massive fatigue I felt yesterday and why I really didn't feel like running faster than 10min miles..and again this morning 3 miles. 9min pace. thats all I had.

NO motivation

So today is day 1...tomorrow is day 2 which is ALWAYS my heaviest......of course this sort of ticks me off b/c
1. I don't have much energy...at least yesterday and this morning
2. I really don't want to worry about blood running down my legs or having to wear a friggin PAD as back up while I run hard for 6miles. JUST NOT COMFORTABLE. So i'm grumpy about it.

I called Amanda to whine about it and SHE SAYS that some of you think that this will actually help me run faster. ... I did a bit of quick reading online this morning before I had to leave to do my daughters bday party and it DID say something about low estrogen and faster running etc.

SO.....tell me what you know? help me feel encouraged that tomorrow won't be a total waste of my time now.....
( I DO remember having experiences in the past where I ran really good during my period...wish I had paid closer attention to that).


  1. Oh gee, I hate when this happens! Figures right? Well I have read articles before that claim women run faster when they have their period because of low estrogen levels and a higher tolerance for pain. But I don't think that those were scientifically based articles. Don't even get me started on pads!

    Ahhh so excited for your race! Good luck, you will do great! You must be so excited to get back in the game. Sending you a good luck hug!

  2. I have no information for you...other than I peed on myself today. There...does that make you feel any better about your troubles :p

  3. Just wanted to say good luck! I'm sure you'll far exceed your expectations.

    I can't cite anything specific, but I think I've read it he hormones a few days right before AF starts that make you feel lethargic.

  4. I run my best with Aunt Flo! I have since high school! Good luck, good to know there is some science behind it. Ugh bummer about the gravel, be careful.

  5. A couple of days late and a couple of dollars short, but in my experience, I would much rather have it have started than be waiting on it! Mine conveniently arrived the Friday Hood to Coast started instead of its expected Sunday. So awesome not having the surprise factor looming over me :)

    Hope that race went really well! judging from the medals around your neck in the photos on FB, it did! Yay!


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