I recently posted a silly photo of me on Twitter wearing a surgical mask and bubble wrap as protection against germs and knocks during the week before my marathon. I won’t actually be sporting that outfit (!) but I will be taking some extra care of myself. You spend weeks religiously following a training programme, pushing yourself, making sacrifices and it’s a real shame if it all goes wrong at the final hurdle. I always say the hardest part of running a marathon is getting to the start line healthy, uninjured and ready to run. Here’s my advice for what to do in those last few days.
There’s been lots of talk recently about how menstruation can affect an athlete’s performance. It’s not just the elite athletes who struggle. Many women find their lives are ruled by their monthly cycle. Leaving the house can be hard for some let alone donning lycra and going for a run. Women’s Running magazine asked me to write about the topic last year and with all the recent coverage I thought it would be helpful to take another look at the glamorous topic of running and periods! http://womensrunninguk.co.uk/health/running-periods/ Image “Snail after rain” Robert Michalek cc Albuminarium
Working mums, a special bunch. They achieve so much, juggle so many balls but sometimes they forget to look after the most important person- themselves. As a GP I often see them exhausted, demoralised and very low. They usually apologise for coming in the first place and see their attendance as a failure, a weakness. Reassurance and recognition that it’s ok to feel as they do followed by lots of advice is often all that is needed. For a few however, the problems go deeper and it’s time for some professional help. I wrote this piece for the Talented Ladies Club as guidance on when to see your GP and give you some tips on how to look after yourselves. I hope you find it helpful. http://www.talentedladiesclub.com/all-help/tired-stressed-depressed-go-gp/ Image by Gratisography
I was over the moon to be interviewed by the Talented Ladies Club. It’s a fantastic site with lots of useful information, motivation and expertise for working mums. You can read the interview here. http://www.talentedladiesclub.com/all-inspiration/interview-gp-dr-juliet-mcgrattan/