Reading the Comments on Facebook HERE some women have had accidents while Running, now that is a bad day...
I did a quick Google Search for "Tips for Running while on your period" various articles came up. This one HERE was pretty helpful....below is some info from the article..
Because of the sharp drop in hormone levels prior to menstruation, many women experience some of the following symptoms:
- Increased insulin responsiveness
- Food cravings
There are many benefits to exercising during your period. Working out can help:
- Decrease the pain of cramps by releasing endorphins (the body's natural painkillers), increasing blood flow, and by loosening muscles in your lower abdomen, back, and thighs.
- Rid of excess water so you aren’t bloated.
- Improve and stabilize your mood, making you less anxious, angry, or depressed.
The following suggestions will help you develop a synergy between menstruation and exercise, so you can optimize your workouts, and your periods.
- If you are just beginning an exercise program, and you suffer from cramps and other period-related issues, then start out slowly. Make sure you're listening to your body and not overdoing it.
- Increase exercise around your period, which will improve oxygen circulation throughout the body.
- Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
- Avoid lots of salt (but use spices, especially spicy ones, liberally).
- Avoid refined sugars and fried foods.
- Avoid caffeine—it can make cramps worse.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Use heat to relieve cramps so you can get to the gym and stick to your workouts.
Slow down, this is not the time for speed work, turn off the Garmin and listen to your body.
Look at a calendar and try not to plan and "A" races during that time if you can avoid it.
Over prepare, always have supplies in your running bag and while on the run.
Wear dark colored bottoms and layers of protection, accidents are not fun.
Runner Girl vs. Mother Nature
We don't have to let Mother Nature Win!! Give in to the square of chocolate if you need to, take a few pain relievers, reduce your long run or save it for another day, get out there and do what you can!! You wont regret it.
Signing off from PMS Land- Tall Mom
Ps.. Sorry to my Male readers, pretty sure there are only a few.. Coach Ken if you are reading this, Hi :)