…well, if you want to be really specific, 32 days, 16 hours, 26 minutes and abbbooouuttt 7 seconds since I last checked, but who’s counting? Yup, the Space Coast Marathon is on its way, my big goal race of the season – the one I have been pining over for more than 8 months now – it’s almost here. As in, it’s really real. It’s really almost here! And you know what else is?
That time of the month.
Yup, that time. Sorry, gentlemen that read this blog, but it has to be addressed. As I was hitting another strength running workout this morning that was supposed to hit 2 rounds of 3 mile repeats (~7:50 pace) I started to get that cutting feeling in my abdomen that told me HEYYYYY, slow down or you’ll regret it, girl….and that’s when it hit me. If I am about to get it now, about a month away, I will most likely have it during my 8th go at 26.2 – and it’s okay.
Well, you see, it wouldn’t be the first time. With the odds of a week (give or take 3-5 days in my case) out of a month to have a race overlap with THAT TIME, it’s bound to happen a few times. And it has: most notably, my first marathon (Richmond) – and I survived THAT right? And with a sub-4, to boot…so I’m fine, right?
I know that this is a topic that is handled differently by different women, but for me, running AT THAT TIME is fine – it’s the time before (hence the term “PMS”) that really sucks the life out of me (which is where I am today, if you wanted to know) and therefore, if all the stars align, by this time next month, it will be THAT TIME and all will be fine.
How does THAT TIME of the month change your workout/training? Have you ever run a marathon or other distance race during it? Do you think it positively or negatively effected your results?