Before I go any further, get over the title. Yes. I know I'm a bit disturbing for associating a childhood reference to your menstrual. Wait, you didn't get it? Now you do. Glad that I got that cleared up.
Running on your menstrual cycle can be pain free or the biggest pain in your ass and abdomen quite literally. Unfortunately for me, I'm more or less the latter one most times. I have fibroids the size of Texas that have been occupying space in me like Christopher Columbus for 8 years now. I want to remove them but they either shift to very awkward locations (like the one that's putting pressure on my anus) or they pretend to be project roaches where they leave and when you think they're dead, they just keep coming right back. Sigh...but life goes on.
Perhaps you don't have these problems because you don't suffer from fibroids or endometriosis. It could be because you're a man. In that case, thank you male parts every morning except for when you chafe. But if you're a women who is still getting a menstrual cycle, you may have experienced anxiety at some point of your life as a runner when your little red riding hood comes knocking at your door. It took a lot of trial and error on my part on how to work around it. Perhaps these pointers might help some of my female readers out. Forgive me if I miss a few (or a lot):
Aside from these tidbits, running on a menstrual cycle isn't all that terrible. I can feel the side eyes and teeth sucking coming my direction right now. But honestly, I find that there are good and bad days regardless if my time of the month is approaching or not. In fact, I found that if I push through days before my menstrual at times, my cramps were significantly less than before. Every person is different though. I do notice that a week before my time of the month, running is sometimes a struggle. My breathing is a bit more labored than usual and it takes just a bit more oomph to get through. But you know what? I'm a runner regardless.
I saw this article on Runner's World: Running & Menstruation: Running in Cycles that was exceptionally helpful in breaking down the science of all of my ramble. I know all of what I just spoke on might creep a few of you guys out but it's natural. It happens. And regardless of how you feel about it, there's someone who legitimately have a question regarding such a topic. Three plus years ago, I was a bit embarrassed and ignorant about the topic so I relied on Google search. I don't feel ashamed anymore and when asked by a few female (and one male runner) about this, I can openly discuss it with confidence. Hopefully, your little red riding hood will not hinder you from doing what you love. Happy running!
Latoya Shauntay Snell
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