I wanted to ramble on a topic that has really hit home for me. Not me personally, but I know a very fast runner (by fast I mean she is one of the top 50 females in the marathon in the US). She struggles with this and she asked me to post a blog on it because we all know my obsession with calcium and getting enough it.
Granted this is important for males too, it is especially important for females. For females that have lost their period, this is EVEN MORE important (Do not ever argue, it’s normal to not ever get your period when you are 22). Females that have lost their periods do not absorb calcium correctly and their bones become weaker which can lead to a stress fracture or bone break. When you do not have your period, your bones do not heal as quickly or as normally.
If you have one stress fracture…you are much more likely to have another…and another…and another…
So anyways, as a college aged female she was busy, active and quite a fast runner. She didn’t get enough calcium and her nutrition wasn’t terrible but it was not spot on either. She was at a very rigorous school as well as being a varsity runner so she had a lot going on. While nutrition was important to her, it wasn’t the number one focus. She would also like to point out that like many bloggers and female runners out there, she was not into drinking or partying.
She began losing a lot of bone mass and density. This happened over the course of a few years and by senior year it lead to her first stress fracture (ending her collegiate season). It healed eventually and she was able to run again (and still be mind boggling fast) but her bones were far weaker.
As she is 30 now, her bones will never be as strong as that of someone who got enough calcium during that time. She now gets stress fractures repeatedly. As in saying 8 weeks…no big deal…I’ll just start running again after it heals..try doing that every few months because your bones are too weak.
I’m not saying that will happen to you, I just think as young people we take our health with a grain of salt and live in that “we aren’t injured now” so let’s keep going along the way we are…think about the future when it comes…
If you are a female lacking your period, you need to be getting more calcium then a regular person (runner or not). A regular person needs about 1000 mgs daily and a female lacking a period needs 1700 or more.
I personally strive for about 2000 milligrams a day because I’m paranoid of getting another stress fracture. Plus I enjoy a lot of dairy in my life. I normally take a calcium supplement as well as my multivitamin which brings me pretty far up.
Question for you: Do you get enough calcium?