running and menstruation

I’m all about honesty, so be warned: TMI ahead. If you didn’t figure that out already.

My first few months as a runner were a bit erratic. I started running in mid-May and ran the first few weeks of the Couch to 5k program through the end of June. But then, during the month of July, I was traveling on vacation for the majority of that month and was not able to continue running while I traveled. So it was the beginning of August when I really dug in and started building up my mileage.

Around that same time, my period decided to go MIA. Not a surprise, given all the physical activity. I wasn’t concerned.

It’s been wonderful to not have to deal Aunt Flo, and I have to admit I would have been more than happy if she never came back. 🙂 But alas, this morning she made her appearance, along with the bloating and cramping and general crummy feeling. As if I didn’t have enough to worry about with a race in three days!

I dragged myself out to the gym and did some super-gentle walking on the treadmill. I increased the incline a bit. But overall I only managed to do 1 mile in 20 minutes– pretty doggone slow! 🙁

Afterwards, I took a nap, which helped both my physical and mental well-being. This morning, if I hadn’t felt so lousy, I would have been totally panicked about the race. I felt so crummy and I just didn’t know how I would be able to finish the race, much less achieve my race goals. I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to survive my last training run tomorrow! Tonight, I’m feeling a lot better, though still not 100%. I’m still not sure what to expect, but Lord willing the cramps are over and I’ll be able to put in one last solid training run in the morning. I’m still moderately concerned about what to expect on Saturday, but I’m still excited and I am sure it will be a good race no matter what.