Posts Tagged ‘Migraine

24
Jun
13

pain in the…

 

I’d been wary of going out for a run since last weekend when I had the beginnings of a migraine whilst cycling back from Cambridge and then a proper go-to-bed-in-a-darkened-room one the following day after a relatively easy 11km run.

 

What if this was it? What if this was how it was going to be from now on? I did plenty of research (for “research” read “googling”) and the mid / post run migraine seems to be a very common occurrence amongst runners. Theories range from a lack of salt, to dehydration to the musculo-skeletal – all of which could have been contributing factors last week. Certainly I didn’t feel dehydrated at the time but the amount of liquid I felt I needed to drink on the Sunday evening would suggest that I was at least partially dehydrated. And I had had a nagging pain in the front of my shoulder which seemed to slowly spread to my neck as Saturday’s ride progressed. Or it could be the Thunder storm that was rumbling around and finally broke just as we were on the home stretch.

 

Anyway, Monday and Tuesday were spent with my customary post-migraine thick head. Not so much an actual headache, more a nagging, dull throb – mostly barely perceptible but lean forward and BAM! there it is, pounding at the inside of my temples. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were so hectic at work that I would arrived home ruined, have something to eat and then find myself hankering to go to bed just after 9pm.

 

So Sunday morning, I drank plenty of water as soon as I got up, bumbled about for a bit until the big grey clouds dispersed a little and then I headed off. Almost exactly the same route as last Sunday’s Father Day Migraine Inducing Run but the difference was this time I felt fine. Spritely, almost. Legs, rested for a week, felt strong and springy, my lungs opened up and I was breathing easily, towards the end of the 11km, the sun began to break though and I would have been happy to carry on were it not for the fact that I needed to get home in time to go and collect SonNumberOne from his Nan’s.

 

So, feeling much better having shrugged off the psychological shackles of the running induced migraine, I also seem to have rediscovered or re-invented my running mojo a little bit. This week at work promises to be a little less hectic than the last few so maybe, just maybe, I can treat myself to a few mid-week runs instead of just a hastily executed weekend dash.

 

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17
Jun
13

headwind / headache

 

As part of the planned training for the Dunwich Dynamo, Hauling My Carcass and I always undertake at least one long(ish) training ride. Looking back at the training rides that we have done, every single one has caused us some problems – the first year, HMC was struggling. Last year we got a little, ahem, mis-routed and ended up not only cycling further than we had planned (144kms) but also called it a day at one point and caught the train back. This year, we had planned a round trip to Cambridge – 120kms in total that had been whittled down from a 140km+ route that I had devised. Hauling My Carcass had been eyeing the weather forecast and there was a headwind that we would be riding into for the whole of the return leg so we erred on the side of caution.

 

And it all started so well… HMC arriving at mine just before 8am, a quick espresso and we were off – up the first hill and out of my home town. The first 10kms or so were on fairly busy roads and the world was beginning to wake up so we rode single file. As we got further off the main roads we could ride side by side and chat. A constant side wind from the left made the route tougher than expected but before long, we were arriving in Cambridge. We stopped in a park for lunch and got chatting to an old guy on a hybrid / mountain bike who stopped to ask us for directions before launching into long tales of his years of riding bikes across the UK and abroad.

 

Once we had finished lunch, we were off again and on our way back out of Cambridge. Before very long it was evident that HMC’s prediction of a strong headwind all the way home was horribly accurate. A nasty constant headwind with quite violent gusts saw us slow to a crawl and all the banter and chat of the mornings ride soon dissipated. We realised what we were up against when we found ourselves having to pedal downhill…

 

Meanwhile, what was making things worse (for me) was a creeping headache and feeling of nausea that was slowly getting worse. I began to drop behind. I felt awful and thought I was going to be sick. Another 30km and it began to rain – we discussed cutting the ride short. I was still riding slowly, taking deep breaths and trying not to throw up. It was all I could do to keep the pedals turning. HMC would ride ahead and then have to wait for me to catch up. With about 20kms still to go, the headache and nausea began to retreat just as the heavens opened and it absolutely bucketed down. Thunder was rumbling around and we were both covered in mud that was being thrown up from the track that we were cycling on. A final check of the route and we were back at mine just as the rain began to ease. Without the inclement weather and me feeling unwell it would have been a great route to cycle but the combination of headwind and sickness took all of the fun out of it.

 

And then a run on Sunday morning instigated a full blown Migraine and I suspect it was the early stages of this that had caused me to feel so wretched on the ride the day before. I resigned myself to it and went to bed.

 

So a big thank you to HMC who, even in the pissing rain, waited for me as I dragged my sorry self 60 odd kilometres back from Cambridge. And, now at least I have experienced the truly unpleasant whilst on a training ride – which hopefully is good preparation should it happen again.

 




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