Time to be 100% honest mkay and it is probably way too much information but I think it is something we need to talk about because I can’t tell you how many emails I have gotten from woman experiencing the exact same problem!!! This is a topic that is never really discussed in the blogging/running/fitness world but I think we need to!
So brothers, dad and ANY students that have found my blog somehow…..time to push that big red X in the top left hand corner of the window okay:)
When you run a lot. You can lose your period. If your body fat percentage is too low. You lose your period.
When I started training for my first marathon I lost about 4 lbs but the fact that I was running like a cheetah (give or take 30 mph slower) I lost my period.
(I am that creepy girl that tries to be funny as she is running and do the robot at the same time. 7 a.m. is a little early to open your eyes, it wasn’t until mile 12 that I finally woke up.)
It was 14 months ago that it went bye bye and believe me I may have taken at least 12 pregnancy tests but it was gone because of increasing my mileage. At first, I thought…..awesome…..free birth control and no awful side effects of cramps, acne, bloating. Okay, so only the cramps disappeared but anyways, I know I am a health teacher and I know better than that but remember that little human emotion called denial….yeah, I had that big time.
‘But the elite athletes don’t have any body fat and they must have their periods right?!?!’ Actually, I have NO idea what is going on with those ladies (next time I see Kara I will make sure to ask her:) but I know for me I WANT BABIES (don’t worry not for a while) because I am going to be a rockin’ mom.
6 months of no period and I called my bro that is an emergency room doctor (okay, I guess he can read this because he already knows the details).
His advice- Run less and Eat more. I think you all know that I eat more than a football team at Chuck-a-rama but I was not willing to run less.
Side effects of no period: Bone Loss. Crap. Evil eye below.
The reproductive system is the FIRST system to shut down when your body is under too much stress. WARNING. WARNING. Something isn’t right….either too much exercise or too little calories or BOTH. Our bodies crying plea to slow down a little.
So, what am I doing now? Working with my doctor, gaining some poundage (another topic I can’t wait to discuss), taking estrogen and we shall see what happens. I know that was way too many details but you do have the choice to exit out whenever you start to feel awkward which is probably 97% of my posts.
I am turning my femur crackage into a blessing in disguise. Kind of like a wake-up call. Time to get these bones strong and my body at a healthy place so that I can run forever!
Any experience with these things???? (Please make me feel not alone and if you don’t I just may have to delete this post because I will be too embarrassed:)
What did you/are you doing to solve the problem?
What are some other side effects that your body has had when you are running a lot?
-Tired, tired oh yeah and exhausted:)
Do you think birth control messes with your running performance? What are some of the side effects that you have from birth control or estrogen?
-I have very little experience here (I wasn’t really running that much when I used to be on it) so please fill me. I do know that it makes me even crazier than normal.