Runners and Fertility: What You Need to Know- Sarah Crouch

There are many topics that are covered over and over again, and some that you can ask someone about, or type into a search engine, and almost hear the crickets as you realize there is nothing on that topic. Runners are dedicated, determined, and love to research what they can do to run faster, so why is there absolutely nothing on women’s issues and running.

If you are a guy, you may want to switch off now, but it would also be a great idea for you to listen in to this interview, to learn more about it. And to the female listeners, this may be a first ever for how deep and detailed we go into these topics, but it will be informative, and I am sure you will learn something valuable that you can apply to your training.

This podcast goes deep into female runner issues with fertility, amenorrhea, periods, & ovulation, and what to do in the absence of menstruation.

My guest today is Sarah Crouch

  • Assistant Coach for Runners Connect
  • 13 time All-American
  • Professional runner for Zap and Reebok since 2011
  • 3 time Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • PRs of 15:49, 32:37, 2:32 M
  • Overall winner of 2013 church baking contest with a luscious blueberry pie!

Today Sarah and I are going to talk about:

  • The effects (both good and bad) of various forms of birth control on runners
  • The two types of amenorrhoea, and why you need to pay more attention to ovulation rather than just having a period
  • Why hormonal and womens cycles are not talked about more in our society
  • Why you should not be worried about not “looking like a runner”, and why dropping weight quickly is just not worth it
  • What supplements are important for women, and how to take them for maximum effectiveness (and minimalizing stomach upsets!)
  • The effect your cycle has on your racing, and how you can make slight manipulations to make sure you are not on your period during a race.

Many of you requested more insight into the lives of the runners connect coaches, and many more of you requested insights into female related issues, well, your wish is my command, lets do both!

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Links and Resources mentioned in this Interview:

The Effects of Various Forms of Birth Control

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health

Sarahs Blog

Tina’s Blog post on loving your body shape

American Pregnancy Association FAQ Ovulation



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