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What’s the best sanitary wear for running?

Running and Hygiene

Running and Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene is as important during menstruation as at any other time of the month, and good hygiene for sportswomen is no different, it goes without saying that sanitary napkins or tampons should be changed frequently especially before and directly after a run. [Read more…]

Why does running sometimes stop periods?

Running and Amenorrhea

Running and Amenorrhea

Amenorrhea is the medical term which refers to a prolonged absence of menstruation during the reproductive years of a woman for reasons other than pregnancy. Exercise is well known to affect the menstruation cycle, although it is not fully known how. [Read more…]

When is the best time of the month to run a race?

Best time of the month to race

Best time of the month to race

As already mentioned, all women have different menstrual cycles, so, the best advice is to start making a running log, a recording of how you feel each day during your run. This way you will be able to see if a pattern establishes itself. Many women find that they feel slow and sluggish in the couple of days leading up to their period and then fine once their period begins. Others feel really terrible the first day of their period and run very poor times if a race coincides with that day. [Read more…]

How does running affect contraception and infertility?

Running - contraception and infertility

Running – contraception and infertility

The absence of periods in runners of course often causes infertility, and is a major concern for even the recreational runner. However, there are also many cases of runners and non-runners with amenorrea who have fallen pregnant, so that running is not a recommended form of contraception. [Read more…]

Are runners at an elevated risk for osteoporosis?

Runners and the risk of Osteoporosis

Runners and the risk of Osteoporosis

It is generally accepted that exercise promotes bone health. However, research which has been undertaken on the relationship between intensive exercise, bone health, and estrogen (estrogen is a hormone responsible for growth and development of reproductive organs and maintenance of bone health), and irregular menstruation cycles show detrimental results on bone health in female athletes. [Read more…]

TESTOSTE – RUN

Women runners and testosterone levels

The questions related to testosterone levels in women. Testosterone – Will I grow stubble on my chin and develop big muscles from running? Believe it or not this is a common question that women who have never run want to know when contemplating running or embarking on an exercise programme. This is all related to levels of testosterone, a taboo hormone women like to pretend is strictly reserved for men or emasculated female college athletes. It has often been used as a performance enhancing drug which has further given the hormone a bad reputation. [Read more…]

Footcare for the Woman

Footcare - Summer toe

Footcare – Summer toe

When Autumn comes around, one thing I am usually quite thankful for is to be able to revert to closed shoes and not have to worry about my unsightly feet. Ironically, in the winter my feet, and more especially my toenails recover and are usually in good shape. Then when it is time to dig out the sandals again, I seem to be afflicted with another big toenail infection, with the result being that I have to sport toes with no nails or nails in various stages of regrowth for the entire summer months. Let’s face it running and pretty feet are not compatible. For women this is more of a problem when tempted by those tempting strappy sandals, the effect is quite obliterated by the ugly toenails. Over the years, I have learned some tips on how to doctor my own feet and cover up unsightly nails. [Read more…]

Maintaining motivation

This article follows on from Motivation – Mind Power – the will to do

Maintaining Motivation

Maintaining Motivation

Maintaining motivation

In order to sustain motivation once you have set yourself a goal you need to maintain it. Initially you might be enthusiastic, but as the daily slog on the road to achieving it wears off and other external factors such as bad weather, sick children, overload of work and family duties etc. gets in the way, your motivation could wear off fast. What you need to do is to constantly remind yourself of your goal, so that it is real and it cannot efface itself and you cannot cower away from it. For example for big races that I have prepared for I have pasted up profiles of the course, and or pictures that I find motivating. These may not necessarily be running-related pictures but pictures of either of people whom I admire some other image that is meaningful or inspirational to me. [Read more…]

Security on the run

Security on the Run

I am a northern Hemisphere, early morning, runner. I am out the door at 5:15am most mornings, which means that for three-quarters of the year-round I am running in the dark. [Read more…]

The run-down on sports bras

Cassandra Davis - Women's section EditorWelcome to the information on Sports Bras presented under the ‘women’s section’ of Time-to-Run international.

– Cassandra Davis Women’s Editor

The run down on Sports Bras

The run down on Sports Bras

The run-down on sports bras

Running is one of the most economical sports in terms of equipment, with only one important item, that being well adapted footwear. However, women runners (including recreational joggers) need to make the additional essential investment of a high-performing sports bra. A good sports bra, as opposed to fine lacey lingerie, will last a long time, so it is worthwhile making the right choice. This article aims to provide a guide to purchasing a suitable sports bra to provide maximum performance and comfort. [Read more…]