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2/16/10 2:20 P

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I started my period the night before my last marathon. I'm a very lucky girl though in that I don't experience cramping or too much pain with it. It didn't affect me adversely so I would probably just let nature take it's course.

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1. Continue improving my diet (low sugar, high fiber and protein).

2. Race more than 10 times this summer.

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June 4-Dam to Dam 20K

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2/2/10 1:20 P

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I usually only feel uncomfortable on the first day of my cycle. Other than the fatigue and aches, I think I actually run better when I'm menstrating. I've never considered taking something for a long run or race...Maybe if I was running Boston or something and had trained for a long time, I'd think about taking something so I wasn't uncomfortable for a marathon.

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1/31/10 1:42 P

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I have the Mirena IUD and no longer have periods. I would consider it... it's convenient to not bleed, and I'm no longer anemic.

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1/29/10 11:43 P

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions and viewpoints. I have been on the pill before, for years and years. I never had any ill-effects from it, so I know I could go back on that one and be fine.

I still haven't decided (I'm trying to figure out the likelihood of my period coming on race day) but I no longer feel like a muppet.

Thanks for that!

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1/29/10 9:02 A

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I'm not sure your age but a friend of mine developed blood clots in her lungs from the pill. It isn't worth the risk. I would try some natural cures for the bloating and cramping so you can still enjoy your run without putting yourself at risk.

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1/28/10 9:05 P

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I normally get really horrific cramps (like, you better have a really excuse for getting me out of bed. Otherwise, my knees are staying glued to my chest) but I always run my best when I'm getting my period. I actually set a 25 second PR in 3K at a track meet during my period 2 weeks ago. But if you really feel it will screw with your running and the pill doesn't aggravate you, go for it.

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1/28/10 5:19 P

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I tried the pill to control heavy periods and ened up with a period for 6 weeks! Be careful. Though, if it worked I would be all for it!

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1/28/10 2:07 P

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ya. I get cramps really bad every other time. guess I just take it as par for the course. I suppose since I don't want to exercise when I have it, one probably wouldn't want to run a big race w/ it!






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1/28/10 2:04 P

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Baileys - think heavy flow, cramps, heavy flow, heavy flow... :D

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1/28/10 12:58 P

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I was wondering the same thing Baileys - I don't usually change my life much around my period - but I guess if you have to go to the bathroom a lot more...

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1/28/10 12:00 P

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I am still on the pill, but my question is what is the big deal w/ the period? Or can you not use tampons?





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1/28/10 9:03 A

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I don't like the risk that come with it that is why I haven't so far. I have a family history of stroke and cancer. I probably wont' and just deal with life. LOL

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1/28/10 8:42 A

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It would not be my choice because everyone reacts differently to the load of hormones that the pill puts into your body. I have no moral qualms with the pill though, it is just that my body never liked the pill when I took it. What if it made you feel poorly for the marathon?

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1/28/10 8:30 A

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Funny you mention that... I am having my tubes tied next week but will stay on the pill through March at least to avoid a period for my race at the end of February. I don't think it's a bad idea at all, especially if you tolerate the pill well. I haven't had a period in years and while I am glad to be done with birth control, I am not looking forward to the return of a period! When I used to get it, it would ALWAYS come at the worst time!

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1/28/10 7:00 A

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I have the same luck so have thought about it.

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Go St.Louis 2008 2:57 (13min mile)
Indianapolis 2008 2:10 (9:55 min mile)
Nashville 2009 2:16:48
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Quad 2009 2:22:14
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Indianapolis 2009 2:17:56 pace of 10:30
St Jude 2009
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Illinois 2:12:34 pace 10:08 :)

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1/28/10 4:32 A

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I've been on Depo-Provera (birth control injection) for 16 years and so haven't had a period since, so hey if it works... As long as there's no bad side effects to going on then off so quickly. - Tia

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1/28/10 1:31 A

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Hi all,

A little warning, this is biological ;)

I am considering starting the pill to avoid a period for my marathon in April. I seem to be very unlucky that my period always seems to come on long run days, or (worse still) big races. What gives? I'd *really* like to avoid it, because I have to keep going to the loo on that first day or two, and I don't want to have to deal with it on a the marathon.

So, although I've had my tubes done and I totally don't need the pill, is it a bit OTT to go on the pill for, like, a month to avoid a period? Am I nuts?

Cheers all,

BJ

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