30 Things Every Woman Should Know About Running

Health, psychology, weight loss, pregnancy and motherhood, training, racing; all from a female runner's angle


Posted: 5 June 2002

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Knowledge is power, in running as in any other pursuit. The more you know about training, nutrition and health, the better you’ll be at getting the most from your running, whether that means fitness, weight loss, great race performances or just plain fun. In this article, you’ll find loads of useful information to help you reach your goals.

These facts and tips cover health, psychology, weight loss, pregnancy and motherhood, training, racing and more. Some apply to all runners, but most address the specific needs of women. You may find things you already know, but we’re sure you’ll discover new ideas that can help you to become the runner you want to be.

1. Running is a state of mind. The only thing that determines your success, or lack of success, is the way you think about your running. If it works for you – if it relieves stress, burns calories, gives you time to yourself, enhances your self-esteem – then it doesn’t matter what any other person or any stopwatch says about your running.

2. For female runners, controlled anaerobic training – intervals, hill reps, fartlek training – may lead to gains in strength and speed similar to those produced by steroids, but without the noxious side effects. Why? High-intensity anaerobic running is one of the most potent stimulators of natural human growth hormones – those that contribute to stronger muscles and, ultimately, enhanced performance.

3. Running with headphones outdoors is a safety hazard in more ways than one. You won’t be able to hear cars, cyclists or someone approaching who intends to do you harm. Attackers will always pick a victim who looks vulnerable. When you have headphones on, that means you.

4. Fast running burns more calories than slow running, but slow running burns more calories than just about any other activity. In short, nothing will help you to lose weight, and then keep it off, the way running does.

5. Doctors consider that moderate exercise during a normal pregnancy is completely safe for the baby. Running should cause no problems in the first trimester and it should be fine for most people in the second trimester. Few women would run in their final three months, however. The most important precaution is to avoid getting overheated; a core body temperature above 101°F could increase the risk of birth defects. So make sure you’re staying cool enough, and if in doubt, take your temperature after a run. If it’s over 100°F, you’re probably overdoing it. Also, skip that post-run soak in a hot bath.

6. You don’t have to be the competitive type to enter a race every now and then. You’ll find that lots of other racers aren’t overly competitive, either. They’re out there because it’s fun and social, and it motivates them to keep on running.

7. Women generally have narrower feet than men, so when you’re buying running shoes, your best bet will probably be a pair designed specifically for women. But everyone’s different; if your feet are wide, you may actually feel more comfortable in shoes designed for men. The bottom line: buy the shoe that fits your feet. If there is any question – or if you suffer blisters or injuries because of ill-fitting shoes – consult a podiatrist who specialises in treating runners.

8. An American study found that running women produce a less potent form of oestrogen than their sedentary counterparts. As a result, female runners cut by half their risks of developing breast and uterine cancer, and by two thirds their risk of contracting the form of diabetes that most commonly plagues women.

9. Having another woman or a group of women to run with on a regular basis will help to keep you motivated and ensure your safety. It’s also a lot more fun than running alone. Women runners become more than training partners; they’re confidantes, counsellors and coaches, too.

10. Women who run for weight control may lose perspective on what is an appropriate body size. A recent survey of thousands of women found that while 44 per cent of respondents were overweight, 73 per cent thought they were.

11. Unfortunately, men and women will never be equals in the urination department. Men are in and out of public toilets in a flash, while women stand in long, slow queues. And when it comes to running, men enjoy the ultimate convenience. But a female runner doesn’t have to be a prisoner of her anatomy. Simply find a private place behind a tree or dense shrubbery, squat and pull the lining of your shorts over to one side. Just beware of using unfamiliar leaves as toilet paper.

12. The two minerals that women runners need to pay the most attention to are calcium and iron. (Iron is especially important for menstruating women.) Good sources of calcium are dairy products, dark leafy vegetables, broccoli, canned sardines and salmon, while foods high in iron include liver, fortified dry cereals, beef and spinach.

13. Note: women who train intensively, have been pregnant in the past two years or consume fewer than 2500 calories a day should get more than routine blood tests for iron status, since these test only for anaemia, the final stage of iron deficiency. Instead, ask for more revealing tests, including those for serum ferritin, transferrin saturation and total iron-building capacity.

14. Running with a dog gives you the best of both worlds – you get to run alone, but with a friend. A dog is both a faithful companion who will go anywhere, any time, and a loyal guardian who’ll discourage anyone from harming you. The optimal running dog is medium-sized, with a bloodline bred for endurance. An easy rule of thumb: hunting breeds make the best runners.

15. There’s no need to miss a run or a race just because you’re having your period. If you’re suffering from cramps, running will often alleviate the pain, thanks to the release during exercise of pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Speedwork and hill sessions can be especially effective. To guard against leakage, try using a tampon and a towel for extra protection.

16. Running helps to produce healthy skin. According to dermatologists, running stimulates circulation, transports nutrients and flushes out waste products. All of this leads to a reduction in subcutaneous fat, making skin clearer and facial features more distinct.

17. It may not be much consolation, but men are sometimes verbally harassed and occasionally threatened on the run, just as women are. Be sensible when you run, but don’t let insignificant taunting limit your freedom.

18. If you run so much that your periods become light or non-existent, you may be endangering your bones. Amenorrhoea (lack of a monthly period) means that little or no oestrogen, essential for the replacement of bone minerals, is circulating in your body. Amenhorroeic women can stop, but not reverse, the damage by taking oestrogen and getting plenty of calcium. If your periods are infrequent or absent, consult a gynaecologist, preferably one sensitive to the needs of runners.

19. If you were a regular runner before you became pregnant, you might have a bigger baby – good news, since, up to a point, larger infants tend to be stronger and weather physical adversity better. Researchers in the US found that women who burned up to 1000 calories per week through exercise gave birth to babies weighing five per cent more than the offspring of inactive mums. Those who burned 2000 calories per week delivered babies weighing 10 per cent more.

20. Women who run alone should take precautions. Leave a note at home stating when you left, where you’ll be running and when you expect to return. Carry a personal attack alarm. Stick to well-populated areas, and don’t always run the same predictable route. Avoid running at night and don’t wear jewellery. Pay attention to your surroundings. Carry identification, but include only your name and an emergency phone number.

21. No matter what your size, it’s a good idea to wear a sports bra when you run. By controlling breast motion, it will make you feel more comfortable. Look for one that stretches horizontally but not vertically. Most importantly, try before you buy. A sports bra should fit snugly, yet not feel too constrictive. Run or jump on the spot to see if it gives you the support you need.

22. If you ran early in your pregnancy, you might want to try switching to a lower-impact exercise during the latter stages and after delivery. Because of the release of the hormone relaxin during pregnancy, some ligaments and tendons might soften. This will make you more vulnerable to injury, especially around your pelvis. Walking, swimming, stationary cycling and aquarunning (you’ll be even more buoyant than usual) are good choices.

23. Trying to lose fat by eating less and less and running more and more doesn’t work. The more you exercise and the less you eat, the more likely your body is to ‘hibernate’. That is, you’ll conserve calories and thwart your efforts to lose fat. The better bet is to exercise reasonably and increase your food intake early in the day to fuel your training. Eat breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Then eat lightly at dinner and afterwards.

24. Morning is the best time for women to run, for lots of reasons. First, it’s the safest time; statistics show that women are more likely to be attacked late in the day. Second, studies have shown that morning exercisers are more likely to stick with it, because what you do first thing gets done. Third, it saves you a round of dressing, undressing and showering at lunchtime or later. Fourth, it gives you a feeling of accomplishment, which is a great mental and physical start to the day.

25. Exploring your competitive side can offer benefits beyond running. Racing can help you tap into a goal-setting, assertive and self-disciplined side of your personality. Channelled correctly, these attributes can boost your success in other parts of your life, such as in the workplace.

26. ‘That time of the month’ (or even the few days preceding it) is not the time when women run their worst. The hardest time for women to run fast is about a week before menstruation begins (a week after ovulation). That’s when levels of the key hormone progesterone peak, inducing a much-higher-than-normal breathing rate during exercise. The excess ventilation tends to make running feel more difficult.

27. Just because you’re married and have young children and a job doesn’t mean you don’t have time to run. Running is time-efficient and the best stress-reducer on the market. You need this time. Taking it for yourself (by letting your husband baby-sit while you run, for instance) will benefit the whole family.

28. Babies dislike the taste of post- exercise breast milk, which is high in lactic acid and imparts a sour flavour. One study found that nursing mums who logged 35 minutes on the treadmill had to cope with grimacing, reluctant infants if they nursed too soon afterwards. Researchers recommend that you either collect milk for later feeding, or breast-feed before running.

29. Women sweat less than men. However, contrary to popular belief, women dissipate heat as well as men. The reason: women are smaller and have a higher body-surface-to-volume ratio, which means that although their evaporative cooling is less efficient, they need less of it to achieve the same result. Nonetheless, be sure to drink plenty of water (until your urine runs clear) to offset the effects of sweating and prevent dehydration.

30. While no one has ever proved the old theory that women are better marathoners than men (because they have more body fat to burn), you never hear anyone argue the opposite. Men tend to use their strength to push ahead in short races, but this can backfire in a marathon. Women seem perfectly content to find a comfort zone and stay there. This makes them ideally suited for the marathon – the ultimate keep-your-cool and keep-your-pace distance. So why not be bold and set your sights on a marathon?


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What about item 31? How about some help and consolation for those of us reaching "that age".

It's not easy when brain says "I'm still young" but body says "Think again!"

I know that Nature thinks it's a good idea to add a layer of fat to my waistline and stomach but I don't.

Is it possible to exercise it away or am I stuck with it for ever? Can I keep some tone to my muscles (eg upper arms)or am I fighting a losing battle?

I want to keep on running into and through my 50s but at the moment it's a big struggle.

I know there are many articles in RW about motivation and I have read them. Perhaps they are all written by men who just don't realise the hold that hormones have over a body.

There must be many women who have struggled - please pass on some help, advice, encouragement!!
Posted: 09/04/2003 at 20:10

Freda love - I'm 53 and running FLM for the 6th time on Sunday, which will incidentally also be my 30th marathon all told. Age is only a number, you can't do much about your genetic inheritance but you can stay fit - it's all in your outlook. You just need to stay positive, sure, you don't look like you did 30 years ago, nor can you run as fast maybe as you did when a kid. But there are compensations - I'm a lot more confident now than when younger, and a damn sight stronger! I moved into triathlon at age 42 and did my first Ironman at age 50. Looking at moving into Ultras now.Believe in yourself and the power of the mind - there's nothing you can't do!

Post whenever you feel like, I'm here for you as much as possible. But not between Friday and Monday, o.k.? Just till I get back from FLM.

Vets rule o.k.!
Posted: 09/04/2003 at 20:21


Thanks for that and have a great day on Sunday.
Posted: 09/04/2003 at 20:32

Ironwolf - never a truer word said!

Freda, I'm in my early forties and although there are some things I'll never be able to recapture (i.e. no wrinkles) I do feel stronger, more confident (as Ironwolf has already said) and more positive than any time in my life. I'm sure taking up running has something to do with it which I only started 3 or 4 years ago at the age of 39. I also don't think that 20 or even 10 years ago I would have had the guts to go out running public, entering races etc....(with the full knowledge of being at the back of the pack).

I also, like you, still feel really young in my head and a couple of years ago started doing things that I'd stopped doing when I had my kids....like going to gigs and playing the piano again after a break of 20 years. I'm sure a lot of the 'aging factor' is psychological...

Please don't get too disheartened. I'm sure you'll get lots of encouragement from this Forum.
Posted: 09/04/2003 at 20:56

Freda, like you I still think I am only twenty,just a bit of a shock when I see a photo and realise I am 48! I have been running for over 20 years, now I have more time and am running faster and more consistently than ever! Just believe what your mind tells you, doesn't matter what you look like, but you will stay fitter and healthier if you keep running!!
Posted: 09/04/2003 at 21:10


I'm 50 this year and I've never been fitter and stronger since I took up running 5 years ago.

This has had a powerful effect on all areas of my life, so I can truthfully say I've never been happier, either.

However, a word of caution.....ageing is inevitable and I now find that I cannot get away with being unkind to my body like I did from my teens to my thirties - I mean xs alcohol, junk food, all-night partying, workaholism etc. In fact, to meet the running challenges I set for myself (and stay in the same waist-size jeans) I have to lead a very balanced, and some might say boring, life.

I don't think it's boring - I'm doing my first fell race on Easter Saturday! Me! A middle-aged lady! A lorry drver half my age leaned out of his cab and wolf-whistled as I ran past yesterday - then looked gobsmacked when he saw my smiling, wrinkly face!

PS - an upper body weights program twice per week keeps the arms from developing those underarm flabby "bingo wings".
Posted: 09/04/2003 at 21:41


LFV
I'm fifty as well on the 28th of this month.I also sag on the tum (courtesy of an unkind surgeon's knife a few years back), which is a source of great annoyance as hitherto I had a flat stomach you could bounce a brick off. Underneath the muscles are still well hard, but the fat accumulates.

Due to compartment syndrome and chronic hip disorder, I can't run and can only walk briskly for about 30 minutes without hurting, and I now have to wear permanent orthotics in all my shoes. Try fitting your Manolos with these!

However...........

You're as young as the man you feel!!!!

Try Canadian Airforce exercises but sloooooowwwwwwly (writhing around on the floor).

Get an allotment and grow your own food. Soon gets the weight off and tones you up.

Have wild unabandoned sox with or without the above man.
Posted: 09/04/2003 at 23:12

Unabandoned sox!!??

Do you need a foot for that??!!

Respect Steady!


Posted: 10/04/2003 at 08:05

Mrs Steady: are the young as the man you feel and Canadian airforce comments that are connected?

Am telling steady!

Ironwolf, you inspire me. I sometimes (for eg now at end of term) feel ancient and drained at 33. But it's great to know that I've elected a sport where age isn't a barrier to progress.
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 08:36

Hey Mrs Steady way to go girl, wild abandoned sox with Canadian Airforce, sounds interesting.

Freda just keep doing it, you know you want to.

And after all 50 is the new 40.
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 09:11

Sorry, bit confused, do you:

- wear the sox while your doing the Canadian?

- have the sox whilst doing the Canadian Airforce Exercises, or,

- grow your own vegetables, whilst both having and wearing sox, with a Canadian young man....?

All versions sound good enough to keep you young in mind and body!
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 09:28

'doing the canadian'

A new euphemism is born.
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 11:14

Most of the Canadians I've seen have been well over six foot and played ice hockey, can I have first pick of any volunteers that may come our way to try out the exercises with sox or otherwise.
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 11:21

..apart, WW, that is from the small, tubby, Canadian I met some years ago on my travels who was disappointed that I didn't want to do Airforce exercises with him without our sox on....(but that's another story).
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 12:08

I read somewhere that if you have lines and wrinkles it shows you've been there and done that and had a life.
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 12:15

I get really fed up with the cult of youth.

There are some fantastic looking older men and women nowadays and the wrinkles are all part of that. (Helen Mirren, Sting, etc etc). In my opion, all those celebrities who have had face lifts to look younger have taken away their expressiveness.

This goes back to Freda's original posting (sorry we've all gone off on a tangent about Canadians and sox) that we shouldn't get depressed about the ageing process. There's nothing we can do about it other than to keep fit and happy. We should also celebrate our experience and maturity - which also allows us to be extremely silly without getting too hung up about it.




Posted: 10/04/2003 at 12:48

Exactly!
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 14:27

Oooooh! I love this thread! I'm 42 and um, more cuddly than I was at 22. But then, I couldn't run 100 yards then! Hah. Now I can run a coupla miles! Slowly, but surely. With my guru John Bingham in my head, and the hundred or so RAF chaps* who keep whipping past me in their 'my bun's are tighter than your buns' shorts (OH yes) reflecting in my wraparound shades, I just enjoy being out there and being fitter.

And when it comes to fantastic older men, I would happily puff and pant for half an hour with Alan Rickman, thank you. And he's 57.

*(I live near a big RAF station)
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 14:50

How about Lulu, she's pretty amazing, and looks better than she ever did when she was v young. And she got to work with Take That, so an all round role model.
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 17:41

Lulu uses botox!

I flush and wrinkle... And she's older than me.

But I m running (and walking)first (and last) FLM on Sunday, and trying hard to act my age.
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 17:51

She'd probably look pretty good without the botox though HW.
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 17:54

Grrrr
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 18:13

Helens x 2 (actually Helen x 3 cos' I'm one as well but we've already had that conversation)...don't you think Lulu's a bit, well, wierd??

She's got a touch of the Peter Pans which you might be unkind and call denial...maybe I'm jealous...but I'd rather have a role model of, say, Helen Mirren (or maybe that's because she's also a 'Helen')....
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 18:46

I think Judy Dench looks fab, I agree about Alan Rickman, also think Roger Daltrey looks better now than he did in the 60s.
I have to say I am always surprised by the age categories that people are in when they go up for prizes after a race, they never look their age.
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 22:01


LFV
I also think Lulu is a bit wierd. I think Marianne Faithful is pretty good for her years and past. Just goes to prove that sox and dregs and rock'n'roll are not all bad! And I don't detect botox on that famously ravaged face.

Oh and Steady is my toy boy - he is seven years younger than I am. However to keep him on his toes I always introduce him as my first husband.
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 22:15

Great thread - I think you're all great!!
Posted: 10/04/2003 at 22:21

Yes, and Marianne F's done a great track on the latest Jools Holland album called 'You've got to serve somebody'....
Posted: 11/04/2003 at 08:50

Oh Helen Wheels don't start acting your age you'll end up a boring old fart.

My sister-in-law is the same age as me, we went to the same school, other than that we are chalk and cheese, she sits at home all day doing nothing, certainly doesn't do any housework, smokes, is overweight, has high blood pressure, doesn't have any friends, hobbies, get up and go, dresses like her mother would, and her worst crime is her 19 year old son doesn't know any difference and he is going to end up just like her.
Posted: 11/04/2003 at 08:53


Hes
Ran my firm FLM this year on my 40th birthday and had a great time. Running really well up until 2 weeks ago then found out had to have major abdominal surgery due to the big C. All fine now but please can somebody give me some encouragement as to when I can get back into training feeling abit down today (OK only 9 days after surgery!!) but everything was going fab. Surely someone out there can give me encouragement.
Posted: 06/12/2003 at 18:03

Hi Hes

what op id you have
id say you need at least 6-8 weeks off to let the scars heal, may be longer depending on what you have had removd
good luck
xx


remember youll get fitness back quickly as youve been marathon fit in the past
Posted: 06/12/2003 at 18:21

Hes, when I had abdo surgery a few years back, nothing major (ectopic pregnancy), I started going out for walks as soon as I could. just round the block to start with then gradually increased it to run/walk. like Hippo says, your pre op fitness will help a lot. Does depend a bit on what you have had done but listen to your body and take plenty of rest and good food. You will get back to your previous fitness, difficult to be patient though isn't it?!

Best wishes,

Barbara
Posted: 06/12/2003 at 18:39


Hes
Many thanks for your advice, it was a hysterectomy and I know that I will get back to top fitness probably a lot sooner than if I'd not been fit - but it is difficult to be patient!!!!!
Posted: 06/12/2003 at 18:50

I am in my forties and am finding that I have good days and bad days. Sometimes I go out and feel great and do a race and get a great time whereas other times my legs feels heavy even when warming up and I feel energyless despite having rested for a couple of days and I struggle to run and get a bad time. I think I am going through the menopause and my periods are erratic, does anyone know how to deal with this as I want to get better not worse?

Thanks

Ruth
Posted: 22/04/2004 at 11:19

The fad for botox amazes me. Why would you a)have a toxin willingly injected into your body and b) have it injected into the part of your body that is most involved in communication with your fellow man?

I know a few thirty somethings who have had it and they look either perminantly surprised or mad. Makes me edge away....
Posted: 22/04/2004 at 11:51

Hi Freda,

If I put my life and attitude on rewind...I'd be saying exactly the same things as you. The fat seems to be storing, the energy levels dropping and the motivation goes with it too...a year on, 2 stone lighter and I'm just getting involved in running (did my 1st 10k 2 wks ago) so I'm a complete beginner!
I think you have to educate your mind before you can convince yourself that you want to do something about it.
FACT: as you get older, your metabolism slows down, so you have to be careful with what you eat and how often you eat. You don't have to go to extremes and weigh everything (no fun in that) but bare this in mind: Anything with less than 4g of Fat per 100g (no matter how much the product actually weighs) is considered low fat.I've started using Cheese spread instead of Marg, tastes nicer and less in Saturated (heart clogging nasty!) fats. Fat contains 9calories per gram, carbs 4cals and protein just under 4cals. Carbs are energy food if exercising moderately (slightly sweaty / 30 mins, 3 times a week)...I invested in some good books..all about nutrition, training for endurance etc..train the mind and you'll know just how easy it is to do..
Start slowly...brisk walking with the dog (or husband, on his lead!) or with a friend...join a recreational / swimming club to meet like-minded people. Start low with some good fat burning / cardio sessions. weights / resistance also help to burn those cals..but you have to burn the fat before you can tone the muscle, so doing endless situp won't rid that Kangaroo pouch!! Up the tempo after a month or so by 10% a week...just enjoy what you do and treat yourself!!
Give yourself a short term goal..say to yourself "I'm gunna buy a good book..study it, try this cardio / eating healthy stuff out.." I promise after 2 months, if you have give it 100%, you will look and feel soooo diferent. Do it for yourself, you only get one body!
Good luck, you'll do it. :-)
Posted: 19/06/2004 at 12:01

Ruth,

It is hard work, and I too find it much harder this year than last(I'm 48).

My consolation is that doing nothing would make the situation much worse, and I know it will pass. Nathalie's ideas above make sense.

Good luck, and let us know how you get on.
Posted: 19/06/2004 at 22:45

Helen
Real women don't flush, they have power surges! (i read that on a fridge magnet!)
Gill D
Posted: 26/06/2004 at 21:50

Ruth & Helephant Wheeze,

And I thought it was just me! Really suffered with a torn hamstring this year and struggling to get going again. I start off and run well then things go pear shape again. Feeling all of my 44 (nearly 45) years at present.

Been out on the bike as well to try and help, sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. I'm not super fast at best of times (10k 60.01, half 2.19) but the thing that keeps me going is that it's 'me time' and not losing the enjoyment I've always had. I'm just going to leave the watch at home and start again.

Natalie makes good sense too!

Posted: 28/06/2004 at 10:56

I just had to pop in to say .....

my DoB is Aug 1950 – I am physically stocky "pit pony" build (NEVER in a million years did I ever think RUNNING would be possible, never mind a CHOICE!!)

I've had 2 sons quite "late" - 1985 & 1991

my sister (b. 1948) inspired me & was my first exercise mentor (she recently competed in the World Champs - duathlon)

I started plodding in May 1997 (age 46, soon after youngest started school) - 1998-99 were fab running / cycling years

oooops, the big 50 loomed in 2000, and coincided with injury, slowed me down, another injury had me struggling in 2001, and again at the beginning of 2002 - HELP!

I had to tell myself that I could not "decline" so rapidly just because I was over 50!! In April 2002 I joined a gym - just for a couple of months to fast-track my fitness, but it had the added bonus of bringing back my belief that I CAN get back to the level of fitness I had 5 years ago (age 48-49) I am feeling stronger, more flexible, and fully endorse the various posts on here regarding our "natural" looks - my parents are both active 83 yr olds (walk, golf, swim) and have a laugh when they look in the mirror and when they do LAUGH, they seem ageless, despite all the cracks & creases

I enjoy running all distances including Ultras and hope to start training for an ironman in the next few years – my “difficult” years (2000-02) have helped me fine tune the “body-listening” and enabled me to experiment with pushing myself (eg. three marathons in a month) and taking longer rests / “recovery” breaks without losing fitness

Recently I met someone who says it's not right or "natural" for people “my age” to be behaving like I am – the “proof” being how few “freaks” do it!!!! - and that it's "natural" to slow down and have a middle-age spread - um, so not only do we have to be bl**dy determined, we also have to politely combat this kind of attitude (sloth justification) Knowledge is strength!!!

so take heart Helephant Wheeze, Ruth & Lycra Lady
All the best Hes xx

ps. my periods stopped age 45 before I started running, I have had a few "power surges" !! otherwise not aware of anything else

Posted: 28/06/2004 at 13:52

paskha,
Gresat to read about you. Some close echoes for me - DOB is June 1952, and my kids were born in 86 and 90(twins).

I am chunky build, currently overweight but working on it and I am a new convert to running. I have never been sporty and could never see the point of running, but now I love it.

My family think I am mad to contemplate a half marathon in September (but little do they know that I intend that to only be the beginning!).

Sometimes wish my periods had stopped - they are getting worse - heavier and more frequent.


Posted: 28/06/2004 at 15:09

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