Giving up on Running for Now
Sunday, June 17, 2012
This has been the strangest summer.
Last spring and summer was my first as a runner/jogger. I started the season not even able to run a mile. I worked my way up to being able to run a 5k consistenly, and was starting to work on a 5 mile run. I stopped for the fall/winter, because I prefer to exercise in the morning, and it was just too cold for me. But I would go out about once a month and run a 5k, just to be sure I still could.
This year, the surgery I had in Feb. held me back a few months, but eventually I was able to get out there and work my way back to running a 5k in 34 min., which is where I ended last season. Then the strangest thing started to happen. I developed a horrible rash after one of my runs. It began on my throat and spread throughout my neck and chest. The inflammation was so severe it warranted a trip to the doctor for some steroid cream and a prescription medication that I had to take for 10 days that made me very lethargic. During that 10 days, I did not run. In fact it was all I could do to drag myself onto the treadmill for a walk. This happened three times.
I don’t really know the cause for sure, but it appears I have developed an allergy to heat (or possibly to sweat). I have also learned the hard way that a bike ride or a hike will also bring on this reaction. Basically any activity outdoors in the heat. I have decided that 10 days of feeling poorly is not worth one good day of exercise, so I am hanging up my running shoes for the summer. I will stick to my treadmill, strength training, pilates, and yoga -- all indoors.
In the meantime, I have done some poking around on the web and found that Dr. Andrew Weil recommends a supplement – Quercetin – for hives. He says that you need to take the supplement for a few months before the levels build up enough to be effective. So I am taking this supplement now, and I may try running again in a few months.
I am bummed because I enjoy exercising outdoors. I also like the motivation that trying to beat my last time or increase my distance in running gave me. However, one thing I have learned on this weight loss journey is that I need to be able to roll with changing circurmstances and find something that works no matter what.
I have never heard of a heat allergy before this happened. Does anyone else have this problem, or any advice?