loved yesterday's post from dani filipek, an athlete i really admire. as athletes, our job isn't easy: we constantly aim to push ourselves hard to our absolute physical limits yet without going too far over them (& into injury). it's can be very easy to get caught up into unhealthy extremes or fall into a trap of overtraining. there is a lot of talk on social media lately about the female athlete triad. i'd like to tell you it happened to me too. i overtrained, lost my period for three years, thought it was no big deal (hell, it felt pretty darn convenient actually), & at age 20 ultimately broke my R hip in a place usually only the elderly break it. some of this can feel mega embarrassing to talk about. if the thought of initially approaching guy coaches about girl stuff makes you cringe, please know there are female runners, role models, coach B, female volunteer coaches (and me too - i'm also a nurse so it's nearly impossible to gross me out) who are talking about this & are more than happy to help you begin a conversation with coaches or talk to any of you about it too. talking about these issues doesn't have to be awkward & is crucial to a long career as a healthy, happy, fast (strong) female athlete.
repost @rundanirun9: "EAT CARBS. EAT VEGGIES. EAT THE RAINBOW. SAVE YOUR BONES, GET YOUR PERIOD🙈🔴 (sorry TMI) but for real, women, listen up. It really helps your health overall ESPECIALLY for running! I've ran with & against some of the top female athletes in the world and the best use food as fuel. this @runnersworldmag article is awesome & enlightening. I've never missed a cycle even running 120 mile weeks and ultra-marathons. If you need help, feel free to reach out! Macro deficiencies are so common and can ruin running careers, even jeopardize overall health & well-being, we don't want none of thaaaat🙅#eattorun #womensrunningcommunity #run #runnergirl #strongnotskinny #runnergirl #eat #eatlikeagirl #runlikeagirl #ultrarunner #ultrarunningcommunity #marathoner •http://www.runnersworld.com/womens-running/what-runners-need-to-know-about-missing-their-periods•"