In case you are a man, you can never fully understand what it feels like to become a ball of pain once a month and not be able to work out properly, or even function properly, do your everyday stuff properly. For me, the 1st day of my period is always an agony. I don’t really stay in bed, I do get by somehow, but my back hurts, my stomach hurts, I feel like throwing up, my head throbs… I’m not a natural pill-taker, I stay away from painkillers. I can cope with the pain for one day. It is always better the next day. Well, I did take a painkiller this Friday, the awful 1st day. At home, I would have laid down and waited for the pain to get smaller, but I had a client coming, so needed to be capable of giving a massage, so there came the pill.
I read a study that claimed how women’s cycles do not affect their training. How come? This survey must have been conducted by men! When you hurt in all places like that and maximal exertion is off limits, how does it NOT affect your training? I have failed at some races due to PMS which makes me unable to give my best a day or two before the actual period. It feels like all the strength has left my body. Considering how the hormone levels fluctuate, it sounds credible. Eating a balanced diet, supplementing with magnesium, vitamin B complex, and other nutrients do help. One of the most important things is to have balanced blood sugar levels, which means no to sweets even if they do seem like the best idea when you are really feeling down due to the period pain.
1. Own and live in a house.
Continued doing some work and making money. We took a train to Tartu, so this gave 2 hours of good working time, which I used wisely.
2. Write AND publish a book.
In fact, I managed to write a page or so. Proud of myself!
3. Win a major race.
30 minutes warm-up run. Despite that large ball of pain inside me, I did quite well and did manage to do some sprints, too. Went to Tartu already in the evening and spent the night in a hostel so we would be in a better shape for the race.
Photo of the Day
A copycat-style photo dedicated to one runner who always takes photos of himself and a bottle of beer after a track race. I had a bottle of mineral water, loading up for the race! This is already in Tartu.