Tina Muir is a 28-year-old British runner, a 2:36 marathoner, and has represented Great Britain at the World Half-Marathon Championships held in Cardiff, Wales.
Recently, something she posted on her Instagram account also put her on the radars of many female runners too.
Muir has been living with amenorrhea– when a woman’s body shuts down her menstrual cycle– for nine years. Amenorrhea is a medical condition that can occur for several reasons and, unfortunately, is experienced by some women in the running community. A few common causes include high stress levels, low body weight, or constant overtraining or physical exertion.
CRAAAAZZZYYYY how things can change in a year!! I wasn’t sure whether to post this, feeling self conscious, and thought people might react negatively, but oh well, here’s to being brave.🙊 This time a year ago, I was about to run the #londonmarathon, I ended up smashing my PB of 2:41 to run a 2:37 and finish 2nd in the championship section of the race. I don’t know how much I weighed, but I was in the best shape I had been in, both physically and mentally. One year later, and quite a few pounds heavier, I have not run in almost 5 weeks. But I CHOSE this. Last year I achieved some big goals, but now I have an even more important one, recovering from amenorrhea and getting my body ready for a family. I’m not gonna lie and say it’s not hard looking at that photo and seeing me right now, BUT I am learning to love my curves, and I am definitely enjoying the food I am eating 😋🍰🎂🍦🍪🍩, allowing myself to let loose, rest, and heal after 14 years of complete dedication.🏃♀️ There are many ups and downs in every stage of life, but even in that moment, like that one on the left, I still wanted to look better, I still wasn’t totally happy. I don’t think we ever will be, all we can do is love our bodies and respect them. I know I am not “big” by any means, but this comparison shows the difference. My body has a new journey to embark on, and I plan to embrace it as best I can. I’m still me, right? *hesitates to push publish*…..aaaand GO
Muir took to Instagram recently to confess that for nine years, she put running ahead of her body, training and pushing forward in the absence of her period. The last time she had a menstrual cycle was in 2007. Recently though, she decided to take time off of running to allow her body to recover.
“Last year, I achieved some big goals, but now I have an even more important one, recovering from amenorrhea and getting my body ready for a family,” she wrote in the post which she published five weeks into her hiatus.
After 14 years of dedication, she is stepping aside, eating a well-rounded diet and giving herself some much needed rest in the hopes of making a recovery. One of her hopes going forward, is that she will one day have children with her husband who is also her coach.
Right now though, she is putting out a positive, if not brutally honest message in the hopes to inspire others in the community.
“My body has a new journey to embark on, and I plan to embrace it as best I can. I’m still me, right?”
For more on Tina’s story, see her blog post here.
One year ago today I accomplished my lifetime running goal of representing Great Britain in a World Championship. Hard to believe a year has already gone by 😮 What a better way to celebrate my number one fan and absolute biggest supporter, my dear mum, on 🇬🇧Mothers Day. This was as much her accomplishment as mine, and I am so proud to have this beautiful role model to look up to. Love you, mum ❤