I can't figure out how to include a running picture from ontherunevents... but you can see them here. My favorite ones are the bunny ears.
Here is a picture of me and my sister-in-law with our awesome medals and post-run
And here is me before... much less sweaty. Jason was such a great support. I was kind of freaked out about injury, since I hurt my calf after going too fast downhill last year. Thank goodness it wasn't serious, but it really psyched me out.
So about two days before the run, I started to get that funky feeling. The I-think-it's-going-to-be-that-time-of-the-month-but-I-really-hope-not feeling. Because I have the Mirena IUD, I hardly ever have a period. And when I do, it's really light. But not so light that I can comfortably run 13.1 miles without some kind of woman product to help me out. Normally I would have been really irritated. Well, I was irritated simply because it was that time of the month, but I wasn't irritated that it was that time of the month. I was a little excited.
I was excited because this was the perfect time to try out the Softcups that I still hadn't written my review blog about. I had tried them already since receiving them, and I was totally hooked. But I hadn't felt like I had truly given them a good test "run" (pun intended).
I love that the Softcup is a no-brainer product that lasts all day. I totally forget that I am on my period. You can't feel a thing and there isn't any worry about leaking. I like knowing that I can get up in the morning, insert a Softcup and not have to think about it again until after I am home and in my sweats. No more sneaking tampons into the bathroom in my pocket or up my sleeve. No more panicking when I realize I've forgotten to restock my purse on a "heavy" day. But, like I said before, I felt like my review might not be that great for someone else to read since my periods are relatively light and worry-free anyways. What a better way to test this product out than on a big, long run.
So, race morning, I inserted the Softcup as usual and completely forgot about it. No really, I totally and completely didn't have to think about it at all. I used the port-a-potty twice before the race and then didn't stop at all during the run. Not once did I worry, feel anything, or leak. It was like I wasn't on my period at all. I have had to do long runs with a tampon in before, and I really hate the feeling like it is moving or not in quite right. And I don't even want to think about what a run would be like with a pad....ugh!
Now that I have tried Softcup multiple times, for regular non-exercise days and on my longest run days, I am 100% sold. I will not be going back to any other kind of period protection. I am not going to try and explain how to use this product, because the Softcup website already does a great job.
Whether you are a runner or not, whether you have light periods or heavy periods, if you are tired of your current period protection, I would recommend giving Softcup a try.
Disclaimer: I am being compensated by Evofem (makers of Instead Softcup), however the opinions expressed in this post are exclusively mine.