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8/17/08 5:38 P

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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.

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8/15/08 12:28 P

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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!

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8/15/08 12:10 P

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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.



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8/14/08 10:46 P

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here's an interesting article related to exercising during your period:

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8/14/08 8:45 P

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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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8/14/08 5:33 P

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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!!

"There will be a day when I can no longer do this. Today is not that day."

Remember, today is yesterday's tomorrow.

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

"If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it!"

this is going to be a long, hard journey... but i'm in for the long hall. there will be falls along the way, slips a


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8/14/08 5:12 P

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I just need to refresh my mind about the comments made to me and the whole reason why I'm doing this. Thanks for the reminder and good luck with your marathon!

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8/14/08 5:00 P

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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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8/14/08 4:15 P

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Any advice on getting motivation to "get out the door?" Lol

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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galations 6:9


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8/14/08 3:42 P

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I find my motivation is down the week before. I feel nasty and sluggish. Sometimes I can't go as fast, and I get winded easier...but I ALWAYS feel better after.

Its really like everyone else said...it's just getting out the door!

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8/14/08 3:33 P

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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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8/14/08 2:56 P

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SP_Nancy - That's very interesting about your knees. Never heard of that before. It's hard to "take it easy" when I'm only on W1D2 of C25K!

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FYI
EFA's will help with the cramping and cravings. I use fish oil (lemon flavor) I swear by it.

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8/14/08 2:47 P

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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.

HAPPY RUNNING!
Nancy

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8/14/08 1:42 P

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I find it difficult to get out the door, but once I get going I actually feel better and the cramping is lessened by the exercise.

~Julia~

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I am glad this topic is brought up seeing TOM is here for me right now. I don't want to stop training.

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I agree with Sue, once I get moving it helps, it's the "pre" part that kicks my butt. I find I have to do shorter runs and my endurance isn't as good.

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I find that once I get my butt out the door I love it. I feel so much better and it helps with my cravings for the rest of the day.

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8/14/08 12:47 P

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I know some women aren't as effected by that time of the month as others but for those of you who ARE, how do you handle running on those days?

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