57 responses

  1. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    February 7, 2013

    For me it’s the worst the week before, so during, yeah it sucks, but..yeah. In fact, this past marathon in January (my 6th full) was the FIRST one that I *didn’t* have my period during…how’s that for luck? Haha!!
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  2. Ericka @ The Sweet Life
    February 7, 2013

    Had to read this because I have had the periods from hell lately. Didn’t used to be this way but lately, it’s been so awful for days at a time. I almost never let the “period” excuse keep me from a workout because I know in the end, it will make me feel better not worse. I know I’m not alone!
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  3. Emily
    February 7, 2013

    I actually used this card this morning to skip my 6am Pure Barre class….some days its just necessary!!
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  4. Colleen
    February 7, 2013

    I haven’t had a period in over 3 years because I get the depo shot. I don’t miss ANYTHING about that time of the month, but on some really cold winter mornings I wish I had that card to play.

  5. rachel
    February 7, 2013

    Actually, running or jogging tends to help my cramps – so for me it’s usually the week before my period when i’m in a bad mood and tired that i don’t want to move off the couch.
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  6. Kim
    February 7, 2013

    There is no way I could run for the first 3-4 days of my period. My cramps are really bad and are in my stomach and thighs. I don’t consider it to be a get out of jail free card, but rather a scheduled rest time.

    • Krissy @ Shiawase Life
      February 7, 2013

      “I donโ€™t consider it to be a get out of jail free card, but rather a scheduled rest time.”

      This sentence really spoke to me, as I agree – we should always listen to our body, it knows best ๐Ÿ™‚
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      • Macrae
        February 7, 2013

        I agree with y’all! I think women would run themselves into the ground without their period. It is God’s way of telling us to rest and recharge for the constant go-go-go-go life. Our bodies are much smarter than we give them credit ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Hayley
    February 7, 2013

    This post pretty much sums up my entire last week and a half!!! Due to some new pills, my period was all wonky and the worst ever. I definitely used my get out of jail free card a couple times last week but I also tried to not overuse it as I didn’t want to feel even worse about putting off my normal life. Being a girl sucks sometimes!

  8. Natalie @ Free Range Human
    February 7, 2013

    I can’t wait to hear more details on HLS. This will be my first blog conference, and I’m super excited!
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  9. Ashley
    February 7, 2013

    not with exercise, but with food. All I want are treats that week, so I may stick to exercise, but I will do just about anything to justify that extra donut.
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  10. JessicaR
    February 7, 2013

    I used to, but once I switched my diet (no gluten or sugar — both were giving me breakouts) and started taking certain vitamins (Vitamin D and magnesium especially), my PMS went away! I never thought that was possible. The only negative to it is now I will start my period with absolutely no warning signs, but that’s a small price to pay. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant
    February 7, 2013

    Haha I hear you on this! Only I used to use it more in high school… in my case every girl on the swim team would use this as a GOLDEN get out of practice card…”coach, I don’t have any tampons!” Boom, out of practice. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • Victoria (District Chocoholic)
      February 7, 2013

      Your coach allowed that as an excuse? This is the reason I carry a wide variety of tampons in my coaching bag. Being female isn’t an illness. Buck up and train, folks, you could have your period on race day.
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      • Hillary
        February 7, 2013

        “Being female isn’t an illness.”

        YES.
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      • Nina
        February 7, 2013

        Thank you. There are ways to have pain free periods; it’s not a punishment we’re forced to endure.

  12. Colleen
    February 7, 2013

    Oh yeah, I’ve used it too many times. Some days it is definitely not worth the additional side effects all the cramping and heavy flow brings.

  13. Amanda Bordonaro
    February 7, 2013

    Running helps my cramps so I always try to shove myself out the door when I start to feel them coming on. Some days though, I just want to curl up in bed and eat chocolate instead!

  14. Jill (Lady Lazarus)
    February 7, 2013

    Oh I totes played this card yesterday! It was one of the short runs, though, so I didn’t feel *too* guilty about it.

    I also love the idea of layering the fruit in your oats in a jar! I’m going to try that when I make it this weekend.
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  15. Sarah N.
    February 7, 2013

    Yes, I’ve used that excuse several times…especially since my appendectomy last year. ๐Ÿ™ But I’ve gotten much better with just going out and there doing it anyway! I’m sure Maddie thanks her mom a million times over for the run. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  16. Carly @LifeInTraining
    February 7, 2013

    Good for you! Didn’t you feel a thousand times more accomplished for getting it done because you knew you could have easily skipped it?
    P.S: I’ve said it before but the oatmeal in PB jar is GENIUS!!!
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  17. Heather @fitncookies
    February 7, 2013

    Ahh I’ve thought about this so much! I know when I am getting mine, and try to prepare, but nothing helps even knowing it is coming! I usually try to stick to my workouts because I know they will usually help my cramps disappear! I know there have been times, though, when laying on the couch worked just fine! I wish the weather would break here! Jealous of the run in tank top and shorts… maybe sometime soon!
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  18. Colleen L
    February 7, 2013

    I can’t remember where I read it, but saw an article years ago that said crunches and other core exercises can help period cramps go away. I thought it was ridiculous at the time, but it does seem to work or at least make me feel better. I’m also a fan of the every 3 month pill and not having to deal with this on a monthly basis!
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  19. Erica
    February 7, 2013

    I was thinking about skipping a workout later for that very reason and you’ve now motivated me to power through. Thank you!
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  20. Maureen
    February 7, 2013

    I’ve definitely cashed in my get out of free card in the past. Not all the time. Sometimes I feel 100% better once I get moving. Other times, it’s quality time with the heating pad for me.
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  21. kelly
    February 7, 2013

    I used to play that card all the time and it left me feeling worse. Now I actually exercise through the pain and I feel so much better. The worse the cramping the harder I work out. It’s crazy that it actually works but it does. I can thank my gyno for that advice. I also find that when I’m on a very intense workout schedule (something like Insanity) my period is less of a bother than when I’m doing other less strenuous workouts.

  22. J
    February 7, 2013

    I’m so glad you’re talking about this. Runners love to talk about bathroom issues (ahem), but you don’t often hear about how menstrual cycles impact training. I usually try to at least get out there and do something during the worst days, but I let myself take walking breaks to calm my stomach down. On the plus side, I find I can run faster with less effort in the week after my period ends.

    As far as cramps go, what works for me is to take an ibuprofen every 4-6 hours during the worst days. Don’t wait until you’re already feeling terrible to take something!

  23. Annette @FitnessPerks
    February 7, 2013

    I actually don’t have it too bad, so I’ve never really played it. Crossing my fingers it stays like that!
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  24. Katie
    February 7, 2013

    I am so tired and moody right now I’m sure I’ll be feeling your pain soon. I tried to go to the gym yesterday but could not get my blood pumping. Therefore I’m going to yoga tonight and hoping that I will get in a better frame of mind. I’m glad you’ve got good weather for running right now. I CANNOT wait until spring when I can finally safely hit the roads in MN.
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  25. Jennifer L
    February 7, 2013

    I have used my get out of jail free card for many things…. but not workouts. Only because they seem to really help with cramps!

  26. Aundra Weissert @ Fit for Life
    February 7, 2013

    Being active has always helped me! I’ve reached the point in my super active life now where the monthly issues are hardly a bother at all — more an inconvenience. Such a better place to be!

    Thanks for the TMI post…you know we’re all thinking it, no one writes it!!
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  27. Susan
    February 7, 2013

    Congrats for doing what millions of women across the world do all the time.

    • Wendy
      February 8, 2013

      Really. I am woman, hear me roar…until I require special treatment because I’m having my period!

  28. kim@hungryhealthygirl
    February 7, 2013

    Sorry you had such a stinky night, but at least you pampered yourself with those awesome looking oats!!
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  29. Angela
    February 7, 2013

    I know that I play that card all the time as an excuse for everything. Exercise, eating right, you name it… The funny thing is, they say exercising actually helps the cramps.
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  30. Rachel
    February 7, 2013

    I don’t usually get terrible cramps but when I do, I actually find that exercise helps. Great job getting out there even though you weren’t feeling 100%.
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  31. TorontoRunner
    February 7, 2013

    I have it baaaaaaaaaad physically (and don’t get me started on the psycho mood swings, I think that’s even more severe), so I’ve DEFINITELY taken days off during the time!
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  32. Beth
    February 7, 2013

    I lol’d at the FB post. I wrote a post about this very same thing and even asked a pro triathlete about it. I feel like men should have it for at least one day. Just one day! Then they’d get it. Glad you could still make your run but like you said, you could have used your free pass. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  33. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed
    February 7, 2013

    As much as it’s hard to get moving sometimes during that time of the month… I always feel better when I put my body into motion! Good job getting in your run ๐Ÿ™‚
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  34. Allison
    February 7, 2013

    I feel your pain! If I can talk myself into running, however, usually I feel better after. Worse than period running… Pregnant running (1st trimester especially)! Now that’s a get out of jail free card I used! Queasiness, super achy boobs, ugh! Men don’t know how good they have it, do they?!!

  35. Katrina
    February 7, 2013

    Where can we get some of that nut butter???

  36. Kim
    February 7, 2013

    Sometimes I push through it, sometimes it’s a nice excuse to rest when I *could* push through it, but other times it hurts so bad I puke – working out ain’t gonna help me then!
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  37. Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run
    February 7, 2013

    I might be in the minority here, but I have never had cramps and been bothered by having a period. It’s light and basically gone within 4 days. I can’t complain! I will use that get out jail free card for …. something else sometimes tho. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. Gavi
    February 7, 2013

    I don’t think I really know what you mean by “get out of jail free” with regards to running. YOU make your schedule. YOU decide whether you want to exercise or not. Nobody is making you do anything. You exercise because you enjoy it…why would you think of it as punishment or something you need an excuse to skip?

    • Meghann
      February 7, 2013

      It’s not really “getting out of jail” I was just joking. You’re right, running isn’t punishment and it isn’t jail. It’s a fun sport that I enjoy doing. I was more or less teasing when I created that phrase because I know that I’ve used the period excuse to get out of a variety of things in the past. I love doing a variety of things, but it doesn’t meant I can’t also create a million excuses not to do those things either.

  39. Ranae
    February 7, 2013

    This post is exactly what i needed to hear! I have just set up a running schedule for my first 1/2 and it seems like i end up skipping a few important training runs due to something getting in the way and not having enough hours in the day… I need to not delay and get er done!
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  40. Dione
    February 7, 2013

    I know it sounds weird, but running actually helps with my cramps. I always feel better after than I did before. No clue why!

  41. Elise @ Expeditions of Elise
    February 7, 2013

    Ok before I answer your question, can I just say how insanely jealous I am of your beautiful, February-ripe strawberries??? Gosh what I would give for a pound of those.

    So back to periods: I often try to run when my cramps get bad because I’ve heard exercise can make them better. My general rule of thumb: try on the first day, and if it goes well, keep going. If not, take a day or two off. No harm in that!

  42. Jess
    February 7, 2013

    I’ve always found that running helps relieve my cramps. I ran the Nike Women’s Marathon on my period. Not that big of a deal.

    It was nice not having one for almost two years due to pregnancy and nursing. I was kind of sad to see it come back.

  43. Anna
    February 7, 2013

    Oh! I have an almost empty glass of crunchy peanut butter in the fridge.. I think I must fill it up like you did!
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  44. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    February 7, 2013

    I’ve never, ever, ever skipped out on anything because of menstruation. Woman up, people.
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    • Alyssa
      February 8, 2013

      This sums it up perfectly. I haven’t noticed any of my friends taking an entire week off from life each month so my assumption was people just dealt with it and moved on.
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  45. The Many Thoughts of a Reader
    February 7, 2013

    As it snows and and is freezing here I am so jealous of 1) your weather 2) your meal..

  46. Kristen @ The Concrete Runner
    February 7, 2013

    Oh Meghann, as a PE teacher, that is my least favorite excuse! Ha! But I totally get it! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  47. Jessica
    February 8, 2013

    Ha I also got my period yesterday and was thosclose to not sticking to my strength workout but I got it done. This is a great post I tend to use that card way more then I should!
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  48. Emily N
    February 12, 2013

    I always feel better when I suck it up and get out there.
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