First, I just have to share the best news ever with you.
Our land lord came over and fixed our ac unit. FINALLY!! I had had enough of this whole sleeping in desert like conditions. Last night when I woke up and looked at our thermostat it said it was 87 degrees in the house. That was the last straw. It is fixed now and I get to stand with my face right in front of it all day long. My quality of life has just gone up 65%.
After my workout (pump and a short run) I had a banana nut Soyjoy bar and then lunch was with one of my bffs. I am pretty sure we could talk for 32 hours straight without there ever being silence.
I had the Subway roasted chicken breast sandwich (even though you can’t see the chicken, it was hiding) and it hit the spot! Now time to break into the peanut butter cookies from last night that our friend sent home with us.
This topic is something that I really don’t think is discussed enough among athletes and heck I have only written two posts along these lines (Running and Periods, Are You a Runner with Disordered Eating) and felt like today would be a great day to talk a little bit more about it.
I often get emails from women wondering how I was able to go from not having a period for over a year to being able to get pregnant so let’s talk about all this fun stuff.
For me personally I think what happened was that I just wasn’t getting in enough calories for the amount of exercise that I was doing. Even if I go back to the beginning of my blog from 20 months ago I can clearly see that the bulk of my diet was from VEGETABLES (but that’s healthy?!?!) which was not allowing me to get enough calories. Going through a bag of Costco broccoli in two days and 12 bags of skittles does not fuel high intensity training. Even though I was eating A LOT of food, I still was not getting enough calories.
I truly thought that my exercise habits (10+ miles a day plus teaching spin classes) was what was going to get me my sub 3 marathon. I was so obsessed with my goal of PRing at the Boston Marathon that I fell into the Female Athlete Triad. The loss of my period lead to getting 5 stress fractures in just one year. PS I have sense had a bone scan done and my bone density is back in the normal range hallelujah.
Next year when I am shooting for that goal again I will go about my nutrition and exercise in a complete different way even if that means that I have to turn to counting calories to ensure getting enough for training.
Now of course there are many reasons for loss of a period other than because of the Female Athlete Triad and there are things like hormonal imbalances etc. that make it hard to get your period back but….
For me, I had to:
1. Run less (easy to do when you get injured).
2. Eat more. I focused on eating a lot more FAT and calories every day.
The main goal was to increase my body fat percentage and once I did, my period returned.
If you are struggling with the Female Athlete Triad please seek help. Do not put it off until after your next big race or think that it isn’t a big deal because it is and you need to get your body back to a healthy state.
Ever had experience with this? Ever had teammates/family/friends deal with the Female Athlete Triad? What did you/they do to overcome it?
Have you ever cut out a certain food group or realized that you weren’t getting enough of a certain nutrient?
-I didn’t purposely cut them out but I was only focusing on carbs and proteins for a while and did not eat nearly enough fat….Eat egg yolks, I promise they won’t kill you:)
Who has had a stress fracture before? WHERE? What about a broken bone?
Have you ever had your body fat tested? What did they use to test it?