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Welcome to the Women’s Physiology section

Women Physiology

Women Physiology

Cassandra Davis - Women's section EditorWelcome to ‘Women’s Physiology section’ of Time-to-Run international. Here we hope to provide you with all the information relevant to the women runner
– Cassandra Davis Women’s Editor

This section hopes to give the women runner further understanding about their body during their running experiences [Read more…]

Are there any products which stop sweating?

Following on from the article: No Sweat .. Those Sticky Sweaty Problems and What types of clothing are best for sweating? by Cassandra Davis

Any products which stop sweating

Any products which stop sweating

 

Are there any products which stop sweating?

The best advice is to try to keep the body extremely clean using a  pH neutral soap and deodorant, and avoid tight fitting clothing that do not allow air circulate. [Read more…]

What types of clothing are best for sweating?

Following on from the article: No Sweat .. Those Sticky Sweaty Problems by Cassandra Davis

 

Types of Clothing

Types of Clothing

 

What types of clothing are best for sweating?

Lightweight clothing with vents or mesh is recommended. Microfiber polyesters, such as CoolMax and DuoFold, and cotton blends are good fabric choices.  Traditional t-shirts can become very heavy and uncomfortable if soaked with sweat.  Avoid any materials that can cause chafing when damp. [Read more…]

No Sweat .. Those Sticky Sweaty Problems

With the soaring temperatures this summer you break into a sweat even before you begin to think about going for a run.  This article tackles all those sticky sweaty problems. [Read more…]

Stress fractures in female runners

Stress fractures in female runners

Stress fractures in female runners

45% of competitive female runners develop stress fractures, small cracks on the surface of the bones in their legs and feet. The women most likely to suffer these injuries are those who restrict food and those who have irregular periods. [Read more…]

Information on periods

Welcome to information on The Menstrual Cycle

This section provides information on ‘periods’, the women’s menstrual cycle presented under the women’s section’– Cassandra Davis

 

Running Red Days

Does your period affect your running?

Running Red DaysOne of the biggest concerns facing women in sport is the effect of the menstrual cycle on performance. This stems from the time when girls were excused from school sports during their periods because it was considered bad for their health and unhygienic. In fact the increase in the number of women who are physically active has helped scientists understand the interaction between exercise and the menstrual cycle much better than ever before and allows coaches to base their advice on fact rather than old-wives tales. Nowadays it is not considered a taboo to run during a period and top distance runners and sprinters schedule their training around their monthly cycles. [Read more…]

Does running help alleviate premenstrual syndrome symptoms?

Alleviate premenstrual syndrome symptoms

Alleviate premenstrual syndrome symptoms

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the term used to describe the physical, mental, or behavioural changes that some women experience before their menstrual periods begin every month. PMS can cause discomfort in different parts of the body, and it can also cause disturbing emotional feelings. Some of the symptoms you may experience with PMS could include one or more of the following: [Read more…]

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…]