Recently, podcaster and elite runner Tina Muir revealed she hasn’t had a period in nine years and to get a period back so she can conceive a baby, she quit running.
I, for one, am always down to read about other runners’ period woes. There’s no question that amenorrhea can be a serious health issue with potentially scary consequences. Amenorrhea is common in women athletes and because it’s often associated with disordered eating and the female athlete triad, it’s kind of a dirty word. Open conversations about it are good! Thanks, Tina, for starting one.
But one woman’s story, in this case Tina’s, does not represent some universal truth, yet it’s portrayed as such. High level training is not necessarily bad for women’s health, reproductive or otherwise, and I fear this article portrays training as an all or nothing proposition: to reach the top of the sport women have to sacrifice their health to get there. That is not true. Read more >>