Plus, answers to four more questions runners often have about that time of the month.
Your period affects a lot of things: your sex life, your food cravings, your underwear choices, and yep, your runs.
Need proof? Just check out this recent post by Stephanie Bruce, pro runner for Hoka One One NAZ Elite, who won the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Pittsburgh on Sunday morning, earning a new personal best with a time of 1:10:44, after getting her period the night before.
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Let me share something about how you feel vs. what you can do. I firmly believe in the power of your thoughts and how your body perceives those feelings. I felt like garbage the last few days leading into Sunday’s race. I was supposed to get my period Saturday and as many women experience, pms symptoms can be dreadful. I had a poor tune up workout on Wednesday in Flagstaff and honestly worried if I was doomed for the race. All my training has been super solid and my thoughts of feeling crappy were getting to my head. Amazing how we can almost let one bad workout trump the accumulation of so many successful ones. My cycle came right on cue Saturday night. I felt bloated and my digestion was all kinds of crazy. Like I needed the bathroom about 2 mins into the race. I wore bulky underwear under my buns which looked awesome I’m sure. I did so because racing with a tampon post partum there is just no telling what’s gonna happen down there. I know a few other women have lately been sharing these real stories which is so cool. I share this with you so you can understand we don’t always feel like invincible superheros when we race. But we can still achieve things when we feel bad. For me this win is important mentally because I didn’t accept my body telling me how bad it felt. I had to tell my mind to shut up in the race and just run. I believed in my fitness. I believed in the chance to find out how much I wanted it. #timetofly #journeywithsteph #sundayswithstephbruce #pittsburghmarathon