Monday, August 23, 2010

Advice Needed

Do you see this sweaty mess??  I woke up early this morning and finally went running.  (By the way, running is a total exaggeration.  I went "wogging," as Brittany would say :)  Aka, walk/jogging.)  I went to sleep early last night and woke up this morning, in the dark, and forced myself out of bed.  Molly was super excited.  I stumbled out the door, hated myself for the first half, woke up for the second half, and felt great by the time I got home.  It was a terrible time, 2.6 miles in 45 minutes, but I took practically the entire summer off and now I'm back at square one.  We had gotten as good as 25 minutes.  We will again, I'm not too worried about it.

Getting ready for work was kind of rough though.  Even after a cold shower, I couldn't stop sweating!  I am not one of those people who doesn't sweat.  I sweat a TON.  It takes a while for me to cool down so after the shower it was pretty difficult to straighten sweat-wet hair and put on makeup.  The makeup went on ok.. the hair ended up in a bun.  There was no saving it.  Plus, I had to get food ready so I didn't have time to just sit down, chill, and cool off.  So tonight, I got everything ready for food so that if I go tomorrow I will be able to take a few minutes to sit down after running.  I'm hoping to go tomorrow, but there are no promises.

This afternoon I got a migraine.  I learned a long time ago that strenuous exercise causes me to get migraines.  I first discovered it with spinning, which was later at night and I would wake up with the migraine.  Now, even though my time may make it look as though my run isn't a huge deal, I find it difficult and therefore strenuous.  I get really really hot and that is the main cause I think.  Also, even though I do my best to relax I always have tight shoulders and neck afterwards as well.  This also causes headaches.  I googled "exercise induced migraines" this afternoon and I was shocked to find out that up to 35% of people suffer from this!  And it's for the reasons I thought, overheating and tensing up and also the spike in blood pressure that comes with exercising.  I like working out, and I need to work out, but I don't always want to be suffering a migraine every day that I do work out.  Does anyone else have this problem?  Are there any suggestions?   I'm taking Excedrin migraine for them but I'm sure it's not healthy to take them every day.  I drink a ton of water, I warm up and cool down, everything that was suggested.  But if any of you have a tried and true idea I'm all ears.

Sorry for the lack of food pics today.  I made a great new salad for lunch today but didn't have my camera.  I will try to take a pic tomorrow, it's SO good I will have to share it.  Breakfast and dinner were standard and don't really need mentioning :)  I'm off to stretch my tight muscles and watch one more episode of Without a Trace.  Bed early so that I'm more likely to wake up in the morning, goodnight blog friends :)


Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life said...

Good for you!!!!! Congrats on your morning "wog" ;)

I feel ya, it isn't easy to get up early, but afterwards, it's awesome.

I don't get migraines, so I am no help :( maybe have a bite to eat (like a bite on Pnut butter?) before?

I'm going to get up early to wog tomorrow... at least I hope to. We can hold each other accountable if you want??

Paj said...

I get migraines too and can relate. Humidity is worse than heat for me. All your other symptoms are exactly like mine. See a chiropractor if possible to avoid them, but once you feel one coming on drink lots caffeine and water. Also, I don't normally have high blood pressure, but mine spikes during migraines too, so my doc put me on blood pressure meds that I only take "as needed". Something to think about.

Feel better!

I just wrote about my migraines last week:

JoeinVegas said...

Good work on the exercise - keep it up! (sorry about the migranes)

Rachel said...

Brittany: YES!!! I will go running tomorrow morning as long as it isn't raining :)

Paj: Interesting about the BP meds. Mine tends to be low so I don't know if that would work for me. But I was considering a chiro or a masseuse.

Joe: Thanks :)