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5/7/13 8:57 P

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Just because some things are harder and require more effort does not mean that I will quit trying to be my best. I'm not competing against anyone else - even my 30-40 year old self. Just a few moments watching my older sister and sooo many others who are deteriorating QUICKLY is enough to keep me moving.....no matter how fast or slow...at least I'm staying ahead of the game.

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5/7/13 11:35 A

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Carolyn, I wonder how many people would be interested in Menopausal Runners? :) I can say that while on days when I can't seem to get and go like I used to I wonder if I need to reconsider, but then I meet someone who is older than me and working harder and that helps.

Annette

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5/6/13 9:23 P

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Thanks to both of you. I feel much better that I'm not experiencing anything out of the ordinary. I did some searching online for menopause, pain and running, but I just got a bunch of articles about how you should exercise after menopause. The websites I found that were menopause-specific weren't of much help, either.

I am really not ready to hang up my running shoes yet. Especially when a woman I know from local running and tri events kicked my butt at a half marathon a couple of weeks ago. She is in her early 70s. An older woman who owns a local running store also assured me that there is life after menopause, but right now I can't believe how not fun the process is.

Maybe we should start a website specifically for menopausal runners!

-Carolyn

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5/5/13 11:02 P

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Hi Carolyn, I am 57 but still getting hot flashes, and I would say that I just have weeks/months when exercise creates more discomfort than other times. And yes, I do get achy and stiff. But more stretching, flexibility work, and mixing up exercise helps. A good diet will also help, but I don't have any secrets except stay moving! Hubby and I are going to do the STP (Seattle to Portland) this year - two century bike rides back to back, and I did our first longer ride of 26 miles last week, was winded, had stiff knees, weak muscles. Figured I was just plan getting too old for these ridiculous feats. This week, 35 miles and it was easier. Only difference was I rested my body more this week. Not sure if that was it.


going to the doc to make sure it isn't anything else is wise. Hope it is nothing more than menopause. :)

Annette

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5/5/13 9:23 P

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I'm nearly two years in and have found that I have had to increase not only the amount of protein that I eat, but I have had to eliminate as much sugar as possible. Also, am working on increasing both flexibility and strength training. Unfortuantely, it seems, the body is trying to age "faster" than before. Getting 7-8 hours sleep a night has been helpful too.

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I'm pretty sure I am 5-6 months into menopause. For the past 2-3 months, no matter what length of a run I do, or how easy or hard, on hills or the flats, I always have a LOT of pain and tightness in my hips, knees and ankles for days afterward.

I have a desk job where I sit for 2-3 hours at a time (this place is a bit restrictive with its employees), and when I get up, I hobble for the first few steps. I'm also really sore getting up in the morning. After I get moving I can walk okay, although my joints still feel a little tight. I roll and stretch and while it helps some, it's not helping as much as it has in the past. When I run I have no pain; it's just after sitting or being immobile for an hour or more.

Today I went to the gym and did some stretching, light weights, and swam about 1/2 mile instead of running because tomorrow I want to see if I feel as sore from that activity as I do from running.

I have 2 questions:

1. Has anyone here who has been through menopause experienced this? If so, what did you do to get through it? If you don't want to respond on the message board, please Sparkmail me directly.

2. I plan to see a doctor to the bottom of the problem but I'm not sure which specialty I should see - family practice, sports doctor (usually an ortho but I saw one doctor listing himself as both sports medicine and family practice), an ortho or my gynocologist? Each doctor will approach the problem from their own speciality, but I think I need a more holistic approach. Any suggestions? I kind of hesitate with the combo sports medicine/family practice doctor because they are men, and I never know if they really understand women's issues.



-Carolyn

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