Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

LATE to the party (another thought about marathon prep)

On  February 15 I had a 18 mile long run on schedule with the Road Runners. I was also on my period. UGH. All those 18 miles I kept having to duck away from the group for multiple bathroom stops--clear giveaway that I am either doing cocaine OR I got flow. Even worse was that after doing some quick math, I realized that I would be on my period again in exactly 28 days, aka exactly the day of the marathon, March 15. Oh hell no.

When I googled "running on your period" up popped tons of articles on how menstruation affects our running, how PMS affects our running, how being too thin and over exercising (not my problem EVAR) affects our periods, running while bloated/tired, people blogging about how their period started the night before a race, tales of changing pads in the porta potties and tampons falling out mid-stride. Are you kidding me? And then there's that awful story about Uta Pippig crossing the line in Boston with blood running down her leg. Um.......no. Just No.

And then finally, it took the wisdom of a non-runner to save my day. One of my girlfriends (gotta love your girlfriends) suggested I get started on one of these ASAP:

I immediately made an appointment with my OBGYN and explained my situation. I haven't used birth control since I was in my 20's. (I know that speaks volumes about my love life, it is what it is--or isn't.) I'm a single mom and I'm not dating and I have normal regular periods. All I wanted was to skip the next one. The OBGYN checked me out & gave me the above sample pack. Hello, Nuvaring! 

So, 28 days after that 18 miler, I ran the LA Marathon and WASN'T on my period. Thank.the.gods. 

Obviously, I'm not a doctor, I'm not here giving medical advice, and all that nonsense. And I'm not sponsored by Nuvaring. But I'm pretty surprised that in all the articles I've read, this option hadn't been offered up before. This was such a no-brainer. 

Anyway, after reading and rereading all the info included in the packet, it seems like I don't ever need to have my period ever again. I can keep inserting ring after ring and my uterine wall will never shed it's lining. Sahweet!

BUT, I'm just the kind of person that likes my body to do what it needs to do as naturally as possible (I don't even usually take anything for a headache). So the ring has come out and I'm currently awaiting the flow. The 2nd sample in the packet I got from the OBGYN is going on ice until my next poorly timed race!

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