Thank you for that, I think rest is a good plan. Having improved quite a lot after joining a club a year or so ago I have started getting a bit over-ambitious about potential marathon times --- time to put a bit of realism in the mix I think!
I have been reading lots about menopause and realise that I am in fact probably perimenopausal! -So there's one good thing about the menopause - it improves your vocabulary!
It has been interesting to see that several woman have noted that they have not suffered really heavy flows pre menopause and put this down to regular running for many years. Does anyone know of any information on this? Can it be that periods are more likely to stop fairly abruptly in athletes?
~Have also read that flax seed is helpful, also soy flour can be used in many ways. Are there any cook books or useful advice on how to get all this stuff into a diet rather than taking pills? Can't take pills - I just forget them and then land up trying to catch up on doses which is never a good thing....
At the tail end of marathon training the menopause seems to have hit like a train at full pelt -- had the most horrendous bleeding for a week, did a 17 miler at the tail end of the week and felt like dying. Totally knocked my confidence and I staggered through a 20 mile run the following week feeling like I had wasted the last year of build up. Finally realised that a reason for my tiredness and my mood might posssilby be connected to the menopause and wondered if anyone has any suggestions for how distance running may be affected by changes in the menopause. Am assuming it is a Good Thing to continue running and do not wish to go down HRT route, but presumably there are going to be essential vits and minerals that I need to pay more attention to now. Iron of course but does anyone know what else? I have started taking a liquid iron tonic thing called floradix and would like to redress whatever other balance via diet rather than taking supplements if poss. Anyone else having problems and found solutions?
Yes I was worrying about treading on people in those mud bath bits so I think I'll leave them at home. Maybe I'll retrieve the pair I let the dog have - they've got tread in places they never used to have - and a few extra drainage holes!