I always considered those girls who would skip school and take to their beds with a heating pad during their period lame. They were weaklings, I mean, it's just your period. Now that I'm older and wiser (hah!), I realize that maybe those girls may have really been in a lot of pain. My pain threshold is high and I've had months were I felt like a honey badger was in my uterus trying to claw its way out.
1. The day before it starts, I am a train wreck. Tears flow freely and I am emotional about EVERYTHING. Seriously, I am so unlike myself that I get scared I've gone insane. Every.single.month I say to myself, "If you don't start your period tomorrow, you are going to a psychiatrist." You would think since I know my period is around the corner, I would understand that its just out of whack hormones. But every month, I am so relieved when I start and realize I am only temporarily crazy.
4. Exercise helps. As hard as it is to get motivated to exercise when I'm tired and grouchy, I always feel better afterward. My workouts may not be my best and I may not be setting PRs, but that's okay.
This post from The Great Fitness Experiment (Hits the nail on the head.)
How Menstruation Affects Your Running by Running Times (She says you should take menstruation in to account when training! A lot of science/physiology about why recovery time is longer, why you crave carbs, and why breathing is affected during your period.)
Exercise and Your Menstrual Cycle: What Your Period Means for Your Workout Schedule by Shape magazine
Exercise and premenstrual symptomatology: a comprehensive review via PubMed by Journal for Womens Health (For all those sciencey types - like me!- who want sound data and evidence to prove exercise helps PMS symptoms.)
What do you hate most about your period?