This is going to be TMI but, let’s face it, this whole blog is TMI.
Also, if there are any male readers out there… you might want to skip this post.
Last night I woke up in the middle of the night feeling horrible. My period started the day before and the cramps were out of control. I ended up seeking comfort on the couch at 3:00am, snuggling with Maddie and nursing a cup of caffeine free peppermint tea. At the time I was going through the motions that almost every girl goes through when facing their monthly visitor – cursing their girly parts, hating men for not having to suffer the same troubles, and essentially never wanting to move again. (Have I mentioned I’m a little melodramatic sometimes?)
Eventually the stomach aches stopped (as they usually do) and I drifted into a peaceful sleep still holding Maddie tight on the couch (the idea of moving to my bed was too much to handle at that point). When my alarm woke me up just after 6:00, my fingers kept finding the snooze button over and over again. I debated staying on the couch and using the “I just got my period” excuse to stay in from my run. I mean, who would argue with that excuse? As much as I’m not a fan of the monthly visitor, I am a fan of taking advantage of that excuse whenever necessary. It’s the golden get-out-of-jail-free card every woman possesses. Am I right, ladies?
Just when I was about to cash in that get-out-of-jail-free card, Maddie started licking my face. I may have wanted to sleep in, but she wasn’t having it. She knew what the alarm meant and knew she was owed a visit outside to take care of her own business. Begrudgingly I got off the couch and took her outside. The weather felt great outside. There was a slight cool breeze in the morning air, yet I still felt comfortable walking Maddie in my tank top and shorts. It was great running weather.
Was I really going to use my period as an excuse not to run in this great weather? Heck, no. Now that I was up and moving, I knew I couldn’t not run. I headed back inside to change, then Maddie and I took off for the easy 3 miles that were on my training plan. I’m not sure my stomach would have been up for any speed work at that time, but it didn’t argue with the 3 miles.
I guess my point of this story is that we (and by “we” I mean all the women runners out there) are sometimes faced with the same dilemma. Periods suck and sometimes they do unintentionally get in the way of our training. It is okay to use the get-out-of-jail-free card (trust me, no one will argue with you there), but it’s also okay to stick with your plan and just run.
Have you ever used your get-out-jail-free card on a training run? I didn’t this morning, but I know I’ve done it in the past!
After my run, I used the last of my jar of Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter for some oats in a jar.
Check out those beautiful layers.
I tried something different this time. I layered the bottom of the jar with fresh strawberries, then added the oatmeal, more strawberries, Kashi Go Lean Crisp, and walnuts. Having the strawberries on the bottom and top meant an equal spoonful of fresh strawberries in every bite. Soooo good.
Time to finish my peppermint tea and start the day. Lots of exciting things happening this week with #HLS13! Yippee! 🙂