Wednesday, November 02, 2005


I'm finding it hard to muster up enough energy to make it out the door to run. It seems all of my excitement for running left me the day after the Chicago Marathon and all of my runs are "forced" runs.

The early morning hours are MY hours to run but gravity has been doing a special thing with my bed - I'm awake, but I just lay there. It's unfair. I want MY morning runs back.

Lately, I'm being haunted with pounding, blinding headaches. Mostly upon waking and about 2-3 miles into a run. Not sure why, but it's really putting a damper on things. A good strong dose of ibuprophen sets me straight, but it's certainly getting annoying. I didn't do speedwork this morning because of this . . . and I'm sitting here at my desk beating myself up. I got here at 6:30 AM. That really sucks. My morning runs are usually just ending at 6:30 AM.

I have a 1/2 marathon on Sunday and I'm completely not wanting to participate, especially since it will be near 90 degrees. I will run. I know. I want my good legs back.


Blogger Thomas said...

Don't overdo it. If you keep getting those headaches, you shouldn't force yourself to keep running. Maybe some rest would do you good.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Al Carter said...

Have you thought about getting those headaches checked out?
Such a drastic change should be examined. I agree with Thomas - don't overdo it.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Swordspoint said...

Yeah, I don't want to see your head explode on Sunday! Seriously though, you really should see a doctor about those headaches. (<---that is me caring in case you didn't know what it looked like, hehe)

10:17 AM  
Blogger Flatman said...

Maybe you should flush the half plans...?

I know it sucks, but you would still get the shirt?!

Then you could run the full with me!

Go see a doctor.

PS. You are not the only one forcing yourself out to run. I am doing this and I haven't even had my marathon yet! What is wrong with me? (It was COLD this thankful you didn't run!)

10:22 AM  
Blogger ~The Modern Tragedy said...

try taking some excederin before you go running it help prevents my headaches when I am working out, thats what the doc said to do, and it seems to work... but if this is a recent development you might wanna drop the doc a line

10:30 AM  
Blogger E-Speed said...

headaches can be a bear. i have been getting pressure headaches the past few weeks. I have been an ibuprofen junkie for such a long time I refuse to take anything. Which doesn't help at all!

I think maybe you should bail on the half. If you aren't feeling good you could take a break from running and try something new. You should have a month "off" from running built into your year anyways to recover and come back tougher.

You will get through this!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Hey Susan,

I am with flat. Don't over run yourself. If you are getting headache, your body is trying to tell you something. A sign of overstrain is when a run feels like it is forced upon.

Get some good rest. Sleep is the best medicine.

12:53 PM  
Blogger marathena said...

I am sorry to hear that headache is still sticking around. That totally sucks!! Gravity was playing tricks on me this morning too!! My guilt overcame the gravity though!! Is it your allergies or what?? Maybe you should go see Hamilton. Just to be safe. This could also be a migraine. Advil won't touch it if it is. You may check with the Doc, he may be able to give you something that will end it. Bootcamp??
Let me know what you decide about the half. I am using it as a training run!!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Telling Suzie to go to a doctor is like telling an alcoholic to go to a bar!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

hee hee - that's a good one Amy

3:34 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Probably has something to do with your traveling tumor.

3:35 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

Amy's funny! Are you two related?

6:05 PM  
Blogger D said...

You might seriously consider not doing your 1/2 marathon. Another one is easy to find when you are feeling better. Take a break. It sounds like you need one.

6:37 PM  
Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

Hang in there, Susan. I can relate to your feelings regarding motivation. I am finding it way hard in the mornings too. I set my alarm for 10 of 6, and inevitably, I roll over and sleep till 6:45. I can't help it! Maybe those headaches are trying to tell you something, though. Are you going to get them checked out?

7:29 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

My dentist gave me valium for my oral surgery and it wipes out headaches...Maybe you should go to the dentist for oral surgery so you can get some valium. Do you have some extra teeth you can give up???? HAHA

7:45 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Amy and Suzie are sisters.

8:02 PM  
Blogger David said...

Susan didn't mention how much wine she had the night before, did she?

Why are you running so soon anyway?

8:56 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Here's a question for you Susan. Are you drinking enough? Water, that is. In the months and weeks before the marathon I was drinking water all the time. Mostly coz I was putting in all those miles and because it was hotter out, and because my mind/body was getting ready consciously/subconsciously for running the 26.2. Since the marathon I really have to remind myself to drink throughout the day. I've had a few dehydration headaches (not like me) since the marathon because I'm just not thinking about drinking water anymore. Anyways yeah, get it checked out by a doc asap, and get better soon :o)

12:08 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

Maybe, just maybe your body is telling you to take a break. a marathon takes a lot out of a body.
Also, are you drinking enough - the headaches might be an indication of dehydration. Now I've done my 'mum' thing! If all fails, have some chocolate, a good cappuccino, and some retail therapy, preferably with a good friend!

5:41 AM  
Blogger Rae said...

90 degrees? WOW! Good luck this weekend, I hope you feel better soon. We're doing a half this weekend and I feel totally unprepared b/c I've been working so much this week. Stupid work.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Mia said...

Valium - yes valium is good. I get headaches too when I'm a bit dehydrated. I would say if they don't let up, scratch the 1/2 this weekend. But I would never take my own advice, so feel free to not listen to me. I hope they subside soon.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Hilda said...

Those morning are going to be back, not what your body wants is some sort of time off... but why is it so hard for the mind to understand it?? everybody's advice is to do it, but when it happens to you, a runner can't just quit.

10:29 AM  
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