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Jerri Davis Pro 61 posts since
Aug 4, 2011
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Aug 23, 2011 6:37 AM

Question for Women Runners Only....

Hello Ladies (or gentemen if you were brave enough to peruse this thread),

 

I have a questions regarding running/walking and your monthly cycle.  I know that I am in my PMS week this week and my energy is just zapped!  Does anyone else have a hard time completing the running portion of the training during this time.  I still walk fast (about 4mph) on the parts that I haven't been running, but feel like when I start to run I am going to fall over from the fatigue and the lower back pain!  Tylenol Rapid Release is my friend.  I have been taking them prior to starting my workout.  That seems to help about halfway through and I am able to run a couple of intervals at that point.  Please tell me this will go away in a week!!!!!

 

I appreciate any advice or insight!

 

Jerri





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  • Mikala_SF Pro 87 posts since
    Apr 14, 2008
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    1. Aug 23, 2011 9:48 AM (in response to Jerri Davis)
    Re: Question for Women Runners Only....

    I haven't noticed anything consistent related to running and PMS but I know in general it zaps my energy and makes me feel all blech with cramps, water retention, etc.  Maybe try a little extra caffiene on those days?  I use AccelGels 15 minutes before a workout if I'm feeling like I need a little extra pep in my step.  Some of them have 40mg of caffiene and I'll eat those if I'm also feeling tired.





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  • OshCat Pro 179 posts since
    Mar 15, 2011
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    2. Aug 23, 2011 10:04 AM (in response to Jerri Davis)
    Re: Question for Women Runners Only....

    I notice it, yes.  PMS week I'm usually crabby in general and my energy is low, so working out is a struggle.  Also I get ovarian cysts that come and go, and the worst pain is when they have come for another visit.  When the pain is at its worst I have trouble walking let alone running so I just do whatever I can stand to do.





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  • Dreamstate Legend 278 posts since
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    3. Aug 23, 2011 12:21 PM (in response to Jerri Davis)
    Re: Question for Women Runners Only....

    I could write a book on what happens to me. I'm training for a half marathon and running around 20 to 25 miles per week but I struggle for 2 weeks each month. The week before and the first 2 days during the week of her visit.

     

    The week before, you would think I've never exercised in my life. I literally feel heavy as a rock where the only position that's comfortable is lying down... asleep or eating EVERYTHING.  The first two days of the visit, I just want to die. I knew that this simply would not do - this break in my training - so I decided to do some research. I found two articles through some blogs that explained everything.

     

    This one: http://www.runtheplanet.com/trainingracing/training/women/menstruation.asp

     

    and this one: http://www.traxee.com/posts/704-how-your-period-effects-your-training

     

    Great resources that explain what's going on and what you can and can't do about it. There are some days when it's just a loss... I can try to get out there and run and push myself, but in all honesty it's best if I just go to the gym and do what I can and that may not involve running. I found out which days are my "strong days" and my "ugh I just wanna die" days and my "I feel like crap but running WILL make me feel better" days. By monitoring the days on a calendar and making notes about how you feel on those days, you can best prepare for what to expect.

     

    You're not alone. Good luck!





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    Marine Corps Marathon, 10/28/12

    ING NYC Marathon, 11/4/12

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    Marine Corps Marathon 10k, 10/30/11 01:05:38 (PR)

    Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/15/11, 02:24:15 (PR)


  • cbls Amateur 23 posts since
    Aug 8, 2011
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    4. Aug 23, 2011 1:52 PM (in response to Jerri Davis)
    Re: Question for Women Runners Only....

    Yep, I'm feeling the same way, was supposed to start W6D1 today and I usually run in the morning but could not get out of bed no matter how many times I hit the snooze. I've been dragging all day but I'm about to go out and attempt the run now since I don't want to lose a day.  Caffeine doesn't really have an effect on me, I actually feel better when I have exercised so there's the catch - too tired to do what will make me feel better.  I'm hoping the exercise makes the first few days more tolerable and less achey.

     

    Chris

  • Mikala_SF Pro 87 posts since
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    5. Aug 23, 2011 9:07 PM (in response to Jerri Davis)
    Re: Question for Women Runners Only....

    happened upon this tonight, thought it might help:

     

    http://www.active.com/women/Articles/12-Yoga-Poses-to-Reduce-PMS.htm?cmp=17-1-1152

     

    Yoga poses to reduce PMS.





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  • KeachyMama Rookie 7 posts since
    Aug 18, 2011
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    6. Aug 24, 2011 6:37 AM (in response to Jerri Davis)
    Re: Question for Women Runners Only....

    ABSOLUTELY. I kept saying to my trainer last week "What the heck is wrong with me? It's like I have no stamina this week". His response was, thankfully, "It happens, keep pushing". I did, and by the end of the week I managed to get in a 5k training run. Friday night was the realization - "OH...THAT's why I've been dragging." (Hopefully not too much of an overshare, but this year my cycles are all over the place and I've stopped trying to predict, hence the not knowing.) But yes, those spans of time are god-awful in terms of stamina, drive, persistence...it just all takes a flying leap and makes all workouts, especially running, a struggle. I pushed through but really all I wanted to do was go home and curl up on the couch and watch trash tv. Hang in there.

     

    Oh and thanks to Mikala_SF for the yoga link...I'm definitely going to try that.





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  • OshCat Pro 179 posts since
    Mar 15, 2011
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    7. Aug 24, 2011 6:47 AM (in response to Dreamstate)
    Re: Question for Women Runners Only....

    Those articles were very informative, thank you Dreamstate!





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    New Year's Color Run (5k) - 01/01/13

    Oshkosh Half-Marathon - 04/21/13

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