I thought I would share with you some of the dum-dum thoughts on training and stress that I used to have rolling around in my head back in the dark days.
In July 2016 things came crashing down. After another PB half marathon and a bit of work stress, I was feeling unusually tired. In hindsight that was a big warning sign that I should not have ignored. During my long run the next weekend I felt a pain in my lower back/glute. We put it down to tight muscle and tried to ignore it.
My name’s Ruth and I’m a recovering HAer. I have just had my third natural period, after three and a half years with no cycle. My story isn’t that special, and my journey has not been a simple one – there are so many interwoven layers that I honestly don’t know where to start, and to tell you everything would need a whole novel. What I will tell you though is that I am a much better, stronger, balanced person because of it (well, I’m getting there anyway).
I’m not sure when exactly the other symptoms started to happen, but I think they were around the time of the first season of marathon training. Some of the changes that I now recognise as characterising my hypothalamic amenorrhea were night sweats, brain fog, forgetting people’s names, and poor short-term memory.