Just a forewarning, this post is directed towards women. Male readers may want to skip this post 🙂.
Just like clockwork, every month during ‘that time of the month’, I go for a run and my perceived effort is always quite low for what paces I am running for my speed work or tempo run.
The first time I noticed this happen was late last summer when we were on Mackinac Island for our 10 year anniversary. I decided to run around the island (8 miles), as I had a race a few weeks later that would be the same course. Goal was sub-9 pace, starting slow and gradually increasing speed.
That morning I woke up and felt determined, ready, and a little nervous. I went through mile by mile, and although I knew I was really working hard, I just kind of seemed to glide along. It wasn’t as if it was effortless, but it was a focused and maintainable feeling. I had a moment where I doubted it, but then I realized I had it and it just kind of clicked for me. I knocked off mile after mile feeling strong and able.
This hard to describe feeling has resurfaced every month. It’s not always quite as strong, but I can tell my effort level appears to be lower than it would be had I done it any other time during the month.
I mentioned this theory to my mom and she told me one of her old running friends used to swear she had more speed and stamina during her period too. I thought that was interesting! It’s our own secret super power as women! 😂
Anyone else experience this too? Or maybe it’s the opposite? I know I feel like crap for day 1-2, but something magical happens because I feel unstoppable when I force myself to run then. It’s weird and awesome…I wish I had an answer as to why this happens. Hormones? But I’m just going to roll with it 🤷♀️.