It’s Hard Out Here….

(FYI this post mentions women’s monthlies – if you’re bothered by that maybe skip this post!)

This week was supposed to be my second full week of training. I say meant to be, because on Monday I got my period and it really threw me off. I’ve just come off the pill due to trying various different types and them all messing me up in many different ways. I decided to just stop taking it for a while but since I have been for over 10 years my body doesn’t know what’s hit it. It got me to wondering what other women do and whether it even stops them training. I was able to train fine up until now but because I’m getting used to my body doing things naturally I was knocked out by tiredness and my hunger was through the roof.

I’d be really interested in hearing what other female runners do to overcome uncomfortable periods when they’re training? Herbal remedies and motivational methods are welcomed!

I didn’t let this unfortunate turn of events put me off training altogether though. We still made it to the gym at the start of the week and I’ve also begun a 30 day plank challenge. Since I have zero core strength I thought it would be a good place to start!

I’m on day 8 today and so far it’s going fine. The first day’s 20 seconds was so tough. I was shaking the whole time, but now I am managing to stay solid for the first 20 seconds and just shake for the rest 😀 I don’t know how I’ll be able to manage 5 minutes by the end, but we’ll see. Each day seems achievable as I come to it.

Today we had a great gym session working on strength and I managed to move up a weight on the pre weighted bars (15kg) It’s great to see the difference in my arms and I’m really looking forward to the summer when I can show them off! Tomorrow I’m back to cardio and will hit the dreaded treadmills to try to escape the rain and cold wind.

Other than being a moody female and weight training this week I’ve gotten to see my wonderful friends a lot this week. On Thursday night I had dinner with two of my amazing best friends at one of their homes. We had a wonderful chicken and roasted veg meal and some great chats, watched TV and laughed a whole whole lot. I had so much fun! The following evening Gary and I went back to my friend’s house for her birthday party and had an amazing time. We chatted and drank and then headed off to a local club where we danced and eventually left everyone at 3am still dancing – I was way too tired to carry on. We had such a good time though – there’s nothing like good friends and having fun.

We’ve had some great meals this week too – I seem to be getting the hang of this healthy eating and cooking well enough to keep us going after and before training. I’m a food snob so it has to taste good too, and I think I’m doing an okay job!

I’m really loving the non-routiney routine we have going this year, throughout the week and then the weekends. I love that we’ve been both working hard and playing hard. We have so much to look forward to this year, and it’s started out great!

What advice do you have for dealing with painful and PMS-full periods during training?

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5 thoughts on “It’s Hard Out Here….

  1. I’m no expert but I’m concerned about the plank illustration. Shouldn’t her head be down and her spine be straight? Otherwise you’re not using your core strength. Do hope you soon feel better.x

    1. Well yes, but it’s the challenge I’m focusing on rather than the girl in the photo. I’d hope most people doing the plank will already be aware of proper form.

  2. Love the post, could try this challenge. For me running or some lighter form of exercise is the cure for period pains. I’m not exactly sure why it works, maybe it has something to do with improving blood circulation. Perhaps everyone is different though.

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