The Morning After

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I’ve recently been doing my entire workout in the evening, including cardio. You thought I loved my morning cardio sessions? I do. The problem is that I have been sleeping right through them. I’m sure you think that’s an easy thing to fix. Just make the alarm go off earlier. Or stop hitting snooze. The thing is, I don’t use an alarm clock. I don’t think it’s good for your body. Natural is always better. And that includes with your sleep. And to answer your question, no, I’m not late for work.

What My Life Consists Of?

So, as you may have seen in my Tweets (when I remember them) I have been doing my “run“, then weights, then pilates in the evening. This is about 1.5 – 2 hours of workout. I really enjoy it. And I’ve been watching one of my favorite shows on Netflix while I run.

You know the cartoons where a horse wears a hat with a carrot on it so it’ll keep moving forward? If you could hang my tablet from a hat and have it play episodes of Rules of Engagement I could run a marathon. It might freak other runners out when I randomly laugh out loud. I’m a snort laugher. Yeah, I own that.

Boom, Morning after…

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But then the morning after comes. As already established in the first paragraph, I sleep through my running time. When I wake up, it’s with a headache. Not just any headache. A migraine. My head is pounding. My neck is stiff. I am so nauseated I can’t eat. I consider taking my nausia medicine but oddly that triggers my migraines as well. Not sure why I still have it. I take migraine meds. No relief. I go to work looking disheveled, hungry, about to throw up, and with tears running down my face. It looks oddly like the walk of shame.

Then here comes the worse part. The only thing that brings even minor relief (i.e., the tears stop and the pounding slows down to a dull roar — the rest remains the same) is more meds coupled with a Mountain Dew. I have not been drinking soda but after day four of this migraine I was getting desperate. By the time I get home I can eat again but I may or may not have eaten the rest of the day.

And this only appears to be on the days after I have a heart stopping, sweat dripping, makes me happy workout. So as an experiment the doc asked me to take tonight off and see if I still wake up with the migraine (no worries it’s just a one night thing). Next steps to be determined from there. While exercise induced migraines are a possible indicator of heart disease we already know that I have high bp. And I’ve been dealing with migraines for years. This just may be a new trigger.

Maybe I should consider using an alarm so I have no excuses for not splitting my workouts.

Do you get exercise induced headaches? How do you deal with them?

P.S. I can’t take this anymore. I’m going to workout. :-Q

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