One for the ladies

Pre-menstrual speed

17 messages
15/07/2014 at 13:06

Does anyone else out there have amazing runs (fantastic speed, joyous feeling, great determination) when they are pre-menstrual?  I'm sure I'd beat Bolt when I'm due on.

15/07/2014 at 13:09

If by 'fantastic speed, joyous feeling, great determination' you mean 'sluggish and lacklustre', then yes.

15/07/2014 at 13:12

Sounds a bit like running while drunk.

Do the stats back up the feelings?



15/07/2014 at 13:12

I always think that women have an advantage over men when they are on their cycles

15/07/2014 at 13:19

Yeah, retaining 5lb of water and feeling like a giant sponge really gives you the edge.

15/07/2014 at 13:22

So a bit like running with a Camelback?

15/07/2014 at 13:22

yes but not as sweaty and without the irritating sloshing noise.

15/07/2014 at 13:38

Love all your answers!    Sorry, not drunk (I don't drink), only bad bit for me is having sore boobs (I already wear 2 sports bras so I'm not adding another!).  Stats def back up the feeling - I can never beat my PBs unless I'm due on!!!!

15/07/2014 at 14:12

Brings a new meaning to "she's on for a new PB"

15/07/2014 at 14:14
Philomena Cunk wrote (see)

I always think that women have an advantage over men when they are on their cycles

Anyone on a cycle has a distinct advantage over a runner

15/07/2014 at 16:14

I've certainly known some women who I've felt could rip my head off at that time of the month. In seriousness, could there be something in that? That some women might be able to channel some additional aggression/energy at this time?

I hereby announce my ignorance of human biology. Does an average woman have more red blood cells leading up to menstruation?

15/07/2014 at 16:17

Apparently the really fast women runners don't even have periods.

15/07/2014 at 16:32

I think I missed all this in biology.  I know why plants are green though.  I think.

15/07/2014 at 16:59
literatin wrote (see)

If by 'fantastic speed, joyous feeling, great determination' you mean 'sluggish and lacklustre', then yes.

And then add stroppy and sullen in as a result of the sluggish and lacklustre.

16/07/2014 at 16:17

NN: I'm pretty sure that the answer about blood cells is yes, but that post-menstruation you have fewer, hence female endurance runners of childbearing age are at an increased risk of anaemia.

I probably do run better shortly before, but first couple of days when menstruating are when I feel sluggish and vile and run like a tw*t.

16/07/2014 at 17:04

First 2 days of menstruation I feel like curling up in a corner and sleeping. Oh, and doing a Suarez on anyone who wakes me up. I am also full of painkillers, so I usually make the effort and go of a run as it is the only time when my s*dding achilles niggles disappear amongst the hormones and the Paramol. I also feel great for a while after the run. Not trying to be contrary, but my times are usually slower for a few days prior and during my period, but better afterwards.

Edited: 16/07/2014 at 17:05
16/07/2014 at 21:20
NetanyahuTheWarCriminal wrote (see)

Maybe the being faster is so that they can catch their ideal mate? Kind of natures way of helping women select the best father for their offspring- even if he isn't overly interested? 

Apparently vodka does the same thing...

Hahahaha- Does that mean that most prolific fathers out there are actually the slowest runners as they're the ones most easily 'caught' 

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