Just when I thought Shamrock training was going really well (almost too well, maybe that thought caused me to jinx myself), I faced a huge setback this past week. Remember last February when I wound up in the hospital? No, I wasn’t in the hospital this past week, but I started experiencing many of the same symptoms that caused me to wind up there almost a year ago (February 28th marks one year), just not to the same degree.
Wednesday evening I had planned on doing yoga, but I had a horrible headache when I got home from work. The essays that I had planned to grade continued to sit on my dining room table, and my yoga mat stayed rolled up. I rested on the couch, hoping to sleep it off.
But Thursday morning I woke up still in pain. This wasn’t one of my usual headaches or migraines, and I started to worry that I was headed down a bad path. I’ve been under an immense amount of stress, mostly work related, and my long days haven’t been helping. Ironic that I just wrote my “Day in the Life” post last week, huh?
I drove to work, and to make a long story short, had to have Preston come pick me up mid morning. Neither he, an Assistant Principal, or I thought I was in a safe enough condition to drive. Thankfully, I was able to get an emergency appointment with my doctor, and we met with him mid-afternoon. He prescribed me with high dose pain meds and anti-inflammatory to help provide me with relief, and strict orders to figure out how to reduce the stress that I’m currently facing. Part of his prescription includes orders to exercise in order to help relieve the stress that I’m under. My only limitation is that, just like last February, my left hand is very weak again (its the same side of the body where all of my head pain is), and since I couldn’t even open the refrigerator with my left hand on Friday, upper body weight training is on hold for the time being.
This past week wasn’t the week I expected to have, but I’m thankful that I was able to notice the signs and avoid what could have been a worse situation. In the coming weeks, I’ll be working through how to reduce my stress in an effort to hopefully minimize my headaches. And although I took several unplanned rest days, I’m also thankful that I felt up to still completing my long run on Sunday, albeit at a slower pace than my recent runs have been at.
Mon 1/19 – 1.64 mile walk with Riley
Tues 1/20 – 3.30 mile run on the treadmill, 0.41 mile cool down walk, abs
Wed 1/21 – Rest day
Thurs 1/22 – Rest day
Fri 1/23 – Rest day
Sat 1/24 – 2.19 mile walk with Riley
Sun 1/25 – 9.53 mile run around the neighborhood, 0.19 mile cool down walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 17.26 miles (5.35 miles more than week 9)
Total Shamrock Training Mileage – 126.05 miles
QOTD: How do you manage stress?