Ditto Michelle - I used to curl up on the couch all day with a heating pad and watch TV on day 1 (I just stopped the pill, so for the last six years EVERY day 1 has been a Sunday, so I could do that). However, I discovered after I started running again that nothing kills cramps like a good hard workout. Who knew? It's much better than advil, I'll tell you that.
Katreeni - Thanks for that great article. I really wasn't aware of the benefits of exercise during that time of the month. It makes perfect sense though. Why wouldn't it help? Lol! Too bad getting the motivation to work out during that time is REALLY LOW!
I find my legs heavy when I'm pms-ing, but during my actual period it doesn't bother me at all to run. I'm pretty lucky, though, in that my cramps went away after having kids, so that's not an issue for me anymore.
I used to get bad cramps and a really heavy period. If I run on the first heavy day, I don't end up with either severe cramping or it being really heavy. I was astonished at this because I've always just curled up in a ball, taken drugs and moaned a lot (slight exaggeration, but not much); turns out, moving my body is the very best thing even if it's the last thing I want to do! When I feel I don't want to run during my period, I just think about how much better I'll feel when I'm out there and also afterwards. I'm just mad that it took until me until almost 40 to figure this out!!
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nancy it's funny you mention that... because this just happens to be "that week" for me, and i ran 2 miles today and now this afternoon i noticed my right knee is acting a little funny, but i stretched the same as i always do. maybe that's why!!
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Well, personally what helps is that I'm commited to running a half marathon. I know that I need every run I can get to help me train. I only run 3 times a week...so the least I can do is run those 3 times! I also bargain with myself "if I really don't feel up to running I can walk most of it" usually I end up doing whatever was planned. If I really feel sucky after 10 minutes, I'll cut my run in half, and determine that rest is really what I need. That has only happened once!
Honestly, if I didn't have the race planned, I don't know what I'd do. I'm nervous about that after the race actually...
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Running actually kicked my cramps to the curb one evening last month!!! I kept it to a slow pace, and it really did help make the cramps go away.
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It's not the cramping that bothers me as much as my knees get a little grumpy...after doing some research hormones could be responsible for relaxing the connective tissue supporting the knees...There is NOT a lot of scientific evidence supporting this, but ever since I started keeping a running log (about a year ago) the trend is just that...who needs science when I am my own best specimen. I just take it easier on the days prior and of.
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