Periods and running

This post is for the ladies, so if you are not a lady then please click the close button.

Getting your period and running is a very complicated thing and it can take a while to get used to. You’ll have to get used to running with a pad and work out your nutrition

The first day and second day of the period is the heaviest with the third day being one of the lightest. You’ll find that on the first and second day you won’t want to do much.

Most women feel a lot of pain on the first day hence bed rest is a good idea. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of fluids on that day and the days before. You’ll find that you won’t want to eat much and that’s ok. Some women also vomit.

Some women, I included, won’t have much energy to run on as we lose that due to not eating much and losing it through the shedding. ┬áBut then by day 5-10, we are just fine. Then during ovulation, we lose energy again due to the egg being fertilized. For some people after that running can feel a bit heavy.

If you lose too much blood then you can become anemic. And that’s no fun.

One of the things that I found out through myfitnesspal is that I didn’t have enough iron and potassium. This is important for women who run. If you don’t have enough iron you’ll find that you will cough and vomit a lot in the first few days. This is because you are losing a lot of iron which is important for bodily functions.

On the other hand, if you exercise too much and don’t eat enough to meet your daily requirements then you might not have a period at all. This is because your body fat is too low and that places a lot of stress on the body.

Finding the right balance is hard and time-consuming. Therefore I suggest just going with the flow for the first few months and then trying out a lot of things to see what works for you!

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