Friday, January 24, 2014

Fighting a migraine to a draw

Helpful, but no cure
Today's run (treadmill): 3.5 miles

I woke up with a dull headache and pressure on the right side of my head. The telltale signs of a developing migraine. On occasion, I've been able to minimize the effect with a combination of Excedrin, Pseudoephedrine and coffee. It's an imperfect solution because, even with all that, there's usually some residual discomfort.

With icy roads and 12° temperatures this morning, I returned to the treadmill. I gave myself enough time to metabolize the Excedrin (analgesics can do damage when used during a run) but the decongestant had a tiring effect that discouraged me from pushing too hard. I didn't finish the run with my usual sprint at and beyond anaerobic threshold. Still, it was the right workout for the way I was feeling.

The endorphin response temporarily quelled the migraine's mild, but still present symptoms. I had a fairly easy business day today, which allowed me to catch a 15 minute nap. That got rid of any remaining pain, although the pressure remains. I'm hoping a good night's sleep will get me back to normal. I'd like to go for a long outside run outside this weekend, although predictions are for wind chill temperatures in the low teens. Even so, I'd rather deal with the cold than go through another migraine.


  1. Thanks TPP - big improvement since this morning.

  2. Ugh, I'm impressed that you even attempted the treadmill with the headache. Glad the nap helped. The fresh air will do you good this weekend. What do you think about adding screw to the bottom of your sneakers?

  3. I've considered doing that but I'd be concerned about the way it would affect my stride. My fake Yaktrax threw off the landing position of my foot so badly that I developed a knee issue after only running three miles with them. I'm also concerned that screws could push through the outsole which would be extremely uncomfortable.

    I don't know what I'm going to do for a run today. I wish Bethpage was clear because I would have liked to join you guys.


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