Yup I am talking about periods today. We are all mother runners here and we all have them but no one really talks about them. Throughout adulthood, our cycles can be so erratic it’s darn near impossible to plan out your race schedule around them. So many races require registration way in advance and you just have to hope it’s not “that day”. This happened to me recently right before my last tri race and I was in quite a tizzy. I went to some of my favorite mother runners for advice on what they do. While we can’t avoid it happening at some point, perhaps we can help each other out. I offer you a few tips on what to do when you get your period on race day.
A few weeks ago I found myself at the grocery store buying tampons, coffee & Hershey Kisses. If that is not a walking cliche, I don’t know what is! In retrospect, probably not the best cure for my PMS. Hydrating with non caffeinated beverages and eating less salty foods are the better bet even if that is not what you crave.
Whether you have cramps or not, using a heating pad for a few minutes on your abdomen can (in my experience) ease some of the discomfort you are feeling.
As counter intuitive as it may seem, moving around or doing some light cardio seems to really help ease cramps. This works for me every time.
Give into the fatigue
Many women report feeling exhausted in the day or so leading up to the start of their period. Giving into the fatigue and allowing yourself and extra rest day, quick nap or snooze button can do wonders.
Also a little cliche but my emotions can get really exaggerated and have me in tears over things that I would normally brush off. It’s certainly hard to when you are in the midst of “PMS-y” thoughts, but taking a step back and rethinking it helps. If that fails go back to the chocolate and coffee or wine LOL.
That cute race day outfit might not be so practical anymore. Wearing dark bottoms can give you peace of mind just in case and one less thing to worry about.
Extra Porta Potty time
Having your period on race day, can wreak havoc on your GI system. Leave yourself some extra time to hit the porta potty and bring extra supplies (tampons etc). Panty liners & pads do not mix well with sweating and running.
A few life saver items my mother runner friends swear by are:
–feminine wipes in individual packages
–sport sized tampons
I personally have not tried this either and not sure if I would but I hear it is “life changing”.
While none of these fully take away the inconvenience of having your period on race day, perhaps some of these tips will help you make it suck less. Being a mother runner does have it’s challenges.
Tell me: What tips do you have? Have you tried any of these products? Any funny or embarrassing stories to share?
AnnMarie, Nicole, Jen