Dr. Rajani Patil

Is Marathon Running Different for Women?

November, 2018
The Master Responds

Marathon training is tough... But the more you run, the more you love your body. Not because it is perfect, but because with every mile it makes you believe that you are capable of something more than you expected.

Running marathons has become a very popular way to get fit, and with awareness building more and more women have picked up this sport despite the time and responsibility challenges unique to women. Often women have been quoted saying that no matter what the hardships, they know that an elevated mood is just a run away! Running is especially beneficial for women, not just from a weight loss and mental well-being perspective, but also medical. An American study found that women runners produce a less potent form of estrogen than any other sedentary counterparts and as a result, the risk of developing breast and uterine cancer and diabetes is drastically reduced.

Having said that, there are factors that women must consider before beginning marathon training. Before beginning a training program, make sure that your calcium, B12, Vitamin D3 and iron are sufficient. Women tend to be more easily depleted than men if not sufficiently substituted either by a balanced diet or dietary supplements. Menstruating women should especially pay attention to their iron levels and look out for symptoms of excessive fatigue post running. Including calcium and iron rich foods in their daily diet is important for women runners.

 
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