Last year, Clove wrote a couple of informative posts (see here and here) about the nuts and bolts of the menstrual cycle and how it can affect your running. Today I’m adding to this conversation by asking the question: can your menstrual cycle cause or worsen injuries?
A few days ago, cooling down after an innocuous 4-mile run, I felt the niggly nagging of my left posterior tibial tendon (my version of the Achilles heel) telling me it wasn’t happy. Now if you’ve ever read my training logs you know I have struggled with this injury for quite some time, but over the past few months it has been feeling much better and I’ve been able to string together a reasonably healthy block of training. However, it does still bother me intermittently and I’m always trying to figure out the triggers. So when I got home I looked through my training log to check out the previous few days and compare them to what I was doing when last it bothered me. Sure enough, just about a month earlier I had a few days of unprovoked soreness…..and wait a second, a few days of soreness just about a month before that…..and again a month before that. Coinciding each time with the few days before getting my period. Which made me wonder, was I falling victim to some strange variant of PMS? Read more >>