Q and A place
Get answers to all your training, nutrition, injury, motivation and other questions.
In order to submit a question, please log in
Ask
Louise Damen
Women's Running

Will running during my period affect my performance?

What was previously considered a ‘taboo’ has recently been the subject of much media attention. The answer is very much down to the individual. Many female runners suffer from stomach cramps, headaches, mood swings and ‘heavy legs’ just prior to their period, which can often make running seem less appealing. In fact in a recent study, of the 1,862 women surveyed, 41.7 per cent said their menstrual cycle affected their performance. If you find that you suffer from symptoms of PMS the best thing to do is to be flexible with your training. There is certainly no harm in taking an additional rest day or two. However, sometimes an easy run with a friend can be the perfect distraction and can actually help to ease any discomfort you may be feeling.

More in Women's Running
Women's Running
How regularly do I need to replace my sports bra?
Answered by
Phil Roberton
Women's Running
Are there any special dietary requirements for female runners?
Answered by
Louise Damen