This week was 51 miles of running, 500 yards of swimming and 21 "miles" of pool-running -- training log is here.
My big change this week was swapping my birth control pill. For a LONG time (longer than I've been a runner) I've been on a combination pill called either Lybrel (brand) or Amethyst (generic). It's supposedly an awful birth control choice for runners - causing weight gain and fatigue. Despite that, I always felt like I ran well on it, and was at a good healthy and athletic weight. So I stayed with it. If it ain't broke....
But....the Lybrel/Amethyst is a combination of estrogen/progestin, and apparently now that I'm in my late 40s I'm too old to be taking it (this is because my risk of stroke increases as I get older). Last fall I was told that I needed to stop taking it as soon as I was willing to do so, and in any event within the next year or two.
So I took the leap this week and swapped to a progestin only "mini-pill" called Slynd, which might be better for running. The "might" is because mini-pills are supposedly better for running, but the progestin in Slynd is Drosperinone, which is supposedly not a good progestin for running. So we shall see.
So far, I'm sleeping better (win), have less muscle aches (win), have lost several pounds in water weight (neutral), and feel like my breathing is a bit more labored (lose). I'll give it another few weeks to see how things settle. If I don't feel like this one is working for me, the other options are an IUD or going au naturale.
Monday: 9 "miles" of pool-running and streaming yoga. Foam rolling at night.