How Using a Period Tracker Can Boost Your Training – Women’s Running

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It’s easy to blame a bad run on your period. But think about this for a second: Paula Radcliffe set the women’s marathon world record in 2002—a record that stood for 17 years—while dealing with period cramps in the last third of the race.

Your period itself likely won’t affect your running performance, but the symptoms associated with your menstrual cycle might. And considering the fact that more than 75 percent of female athletes report experiencing negative side effects during their menstrual cycle, understanding your hormonal fluctuations and knowing what’s normal for you can help you train smarter and get better results from your running.

You’re probably pretty familiar with the fact that your menstrual cycle is about 28 days long. During that time, there are four phases: menstruation, the follicular phase, ovulation and the luteal phase. An easier way to…

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