Today’s post is about girl stuff so I’ll just warn my dad and brothers right now that this probably isn’t the post for them;)
I’ve been pretty open (too open?) over the last five years about periods but I figure that the majority of my readers are female so we can all most definitely relate on this stuff. For way too long I struggled with amenorrhea (absence of your period) from running too much and eating too little. This broke down my body and it resulted in weak bones and stress fractures. I worked hard for months to increase my body fat percentage which meant that I ate more calories and that I also exercised less. Now this isn’t always the solution for everyone that has this problem but it is what worked for me. I was able to get pregnant with Brooke shortly after and it hasn’t been a problem since. I now know that the loss of your period can be a HUGE warning sign from your body that something is not right. For me it was my body’s way of warning me that I was undernourished and that I needed to make some major changes in my eating and exercise habits. I know that the female athlete triad (energy deficiency with or without disordered eating, menstrual disturbances and bone loss) is a problem that a lot of female athletes struggle with and so if you are experiencing the female athlete triad then PLEASE get help now. Talk to your doctor asap! We get one body and one set of bones… let’s nourish our bodies so that we can do our best to have a menstrual cycle, be at a healthy weight and continue to train healthily.
Okay, let’s talk some more about periods. Periods most definitely affect our running. For some it may be different weeks during our menstrual cycle that affect us more than others. Maybe our cycles affect our running because we struggle emotionally with the ups and downs of different hormones. I think that when I am on my period I am approximately 400 times more tired than normally and a little blue and so that slows me down. Did I tell you about the time I started my period the morning of the Boston Marathon? Yeah. That was fun. I have heard from some women that they actually feel stronger when running on their periods. Some cramp up, some feel fine, some may have different cycles throughout the year that affect them more than other ones. I think what I have learned over the years when it comes to running while on my period is that I just gotta go a little easier on myself during that lovely time of the month. I know that I’m not just being a wuss and that I am actually more tired than usual so if I don’t hit the mileage or paces then it is not a big deal and I’ll feel like myself again in a few days. I keep up with my training even when I am tired from my period or I am having cramps because like usual, running always helps me to feel a better afterwards. I just ease back a bit:) Running while on my period is not my favorite but…
I am excited to share with you an awesome company that I have found that makes that time of month a little bit easier because we already have to deal with enough during those lovely days each month;)
LOLA delivers tampons right to your doorstep! This means that I don’t have to run to the store last second for just a box of tampons because I am forgetful and usually forget to buy them when I am at the store because of all of the food distractions. You choose exactly what goes in your boxes, (a mix of light, regular, and supers) your number of boxes and how often they deliver it to you. I bet husbands/boyfriends will be grateful for this service too so they don’t have to run to the store to pick up a box of tampons either;)
I thought this was funny from their website—> “And not to worry, commitment phobes— you can pause, adjust, or cancel your subscription anytime.” So don’t stress, you aren’t tied to anything if you sign up. They just make life a bit easier for me and I love being able to choose exactly what I need, when I need it and then they bring it right to me.
LOLA tampons are 100% cotton with BPA-free plastic applicators! Other major brands use a mix of synthetic ingredients in their tampons (stuff like rayon and polyester and sometimes they are treated with chemical cleansing agents etc) but LOLA doesn’t… they just use cotton. Another reason I have switched over to LOLA!
Oh yeah, and they are a great deal too—> $10/month for 1 box, and $18/month for 2 boxes!
The first 100 readers to use the code hungryrunner will receive 50% off their first order (new customers only)!!! LOLA is only available in the continental US (they do not ship to Hawaii or Alaska).
This post was sponsored by LOLA! Thank you for supporting me, the Brookers and our awesome sponsors!!
How does your period affect your running?
Ever struggled with the female athlete triad? What did you do to fix it?