So, I started the C25K program last Thursday. Everything was fine during the run, but as my body was trying to cool down throughout the day I developed a migraine. I have Multiple Sclerosis and when my body overheats it can cause flare-ups, which leads to migraines. It was pretty hot last week so I took a break over the weekend, and decided to start again today. I thought today would be great, because it was actually pretty cold outside; but I still ended up with a migraine. Is there something I can do to help me keep my body temp down while running, or should I not be running?
I would say check the most obvious factors first and experiment with food choices and adequate hydration. Think about a belt to carry fluids with you and look into a neck cooling wrap (the kind with the gel or thermafreeze). They really assist in warmer weather. Electrolyte and circulation problems can cause severe headaches, for example. Also, consider any side-effects from medications and the timing of exercise in connection with those. In other words, is there a way to run at an earlier or later hour to see if that makes a difference and/or a way to alter any other routines? If you can indentify the contributing influences, then I think you will be fine with positive results.
Hope you are feeling better and back on the route soon!
Thanks! I actually went to see my doctor today and told her about my experiences with running. She said that running isn't good for me, and told me to walk and try swimming as a form of exercise. I have been thinking about learning how to swim, and my local park district is offering lessons soon. I also talk to a friend of mine that is a personal trainer, he told me to start with walking and then try to advance to jogging; he said that it would be easier for me to get started with running that way.
So, I am going to take things slow. I guess the important thing is that I stay moving right?
Great advice though. God be with you on your journey.