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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.

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