09 May 2012

One lump...or two?


Or maybe they're more like humps...


After my ambitious and successful workout week capped by my happy birthday celebration (with hoopty cake!), I awoke Monday with a vicious migraine...which I didn't mention in yesterday's post...denial :(  I think I've said before that when I get a migraine (usually once or twice a month) it will last for 2 days. There's nothing I can take or do once it's there except ride it out. Needless to say, I was pissed. I really wanted my awesome last week to serve as a springboard into my training plan. I think the migraine was at least partially responsible for my 5-hour sofa-rafting on Monday.

I was able to somehow rally that evening to go meet one of my climbing partners. It felt good to get off of the sofa and out of the house. I even ran into my oldest stepson at the gym! It was nice to see him...we don't see each other often enough. Anyway... my partner and I climbed for roughly 90 minutes after which I decided to muddle my way through a little bit on the elliptical. Those 30 minutes were probably the clearest I felt that whole day. Take-away from the experience: working out almost always makes you feel better.

When yesterday started off with Day 2 that same nausea-exhaustion-migraine and no hope of holing up in the house all day (I had volunteered to serve as a driver/chaperone for Miss C's preschool trip to the Little Farm), I actually cried. Then I did what I do... I soldiered on. Once home after the field trip, I passed out on the sofa for two hours before I needed to go fetch kids from their schools. I started fretting about my workout while on this drive. "Hills" were what the schedule called for... "6 x hills". For the next couple of hours, I worked out a rationale for bailing on any sort of workout. Then I convinced myself that some StairMaster work could sub in. (Recalling yesterday's take-away). Then I realized that I really wanted to just be outside in the fresh air...but I knew that I didn't have the mental capacity to go up and down any hill "6 x" last night.

Instead I opted to run a hill twice. It's a hill near my home. Quick and easy to get to; long and hard to run. In the past I've  referred to it as 'Honey Badger Hill'? That's because you need to just not give a s*it that it is really f*cking hard and just do it anyway.

Granted it was a run/walk...with walking a good bit less than half of the first trip up and a good bit less than a third of the second trip up. But I did mostly run it. Approximately 4 miles with a 700+ ft. climb over a mile each time up. (See images below). Even with some walking, I'm calling this workout "badass."

Two humps for me, please :)

because I don't know how to take a stretch of uphill on my Garmin read-out and make a mirror image, I must give this image credit to Patrick Mahoney.


one mile up, one mile down, one mile up, one mile down


 


19 comments:

  1. Hill running on a migraine? Machine.

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    1. It was almost like "run or die". But just 'plain' running would have been excruciating. I needed something so hard that I was pulled out of the head pain and nausea.

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  2. Wow, amazing job. I've gotten two migraines in my life, but I found myself confined to my darkened bedroom for the duration of both. Reading this, the thought of you doing the preschool field trip actually impressed me even more than the two humps.

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    1. The field trip was by far the most grueling undertaking alll day :P

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  3. Oh girlfriend. I can NOT imaine migraine running. Last time I had one I sat in a closet for about 3 hours and cried! (I'm SO lucky though- I only get them about once a year and they are totally stress related, but are AWFUL!!)
    You clearly have superpowers and I am very impressed...

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  4. yikes! Running with a migraine would make me puke. You deserve a medal for that feat. Hope you're feeling better my dear.

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  5. Oh goodness, I feel your pain regarding the migraines. I get them too. Ugh. They are the worst, and the post-headache FOG is almost just as bad but in a totally different way. I'm so glad you were able to get over that hump!
    So funny that you have a "honey badger hill" - we have one around here too by the same name. just gotta get over that thing.

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  6. Honey Badger don't care. Honey Badger don't give a shit. Can you believe my husband has not watched the honey badger video? I should bring the laptop over to him and force feed it to to him. Though with all the hype he probably would be like "and?"

    Anyway, good work on the hills! Hills are a bitch. I have a nearly 200 ft climb over a mile to get out of my neighborhood (and then more if I do like 6 miles). As much as it sucks, I think it has helped my fitness to be forced to run it 2-3 times a week.

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  7. Sorry about the Migraine. My wife gets them too and it's debilitating. You are honeybadger^2 running honeybadger hill with a migraine.

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  8. Damn you, I am impressed. I don't get migraines, but I get headaches and they almost leave me paralyzed. I salute you!!!

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  9. Wow, you are tough. I hate migraines. Might the cake have been a trigger? I had to swear off chocolate for 7 years, and even now I have to watch how much I eat.

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  10. you can update your graphic now. Your on-call graphics service bureau just got a little backed up today with complainers and cash-flow calls.

    Sucks you can't eat cake anymore.

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  11. I hope you feel better today! Great job getting out there even though you felt bad!

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  12. I hope you feel better today. And I don't know what Patrick is talking about, your graphics are fine.

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  13. Oh man, migraines are THE WORST!! I can't believe you powered through workouts with one...ugh. I usually crawl in a dark hole and hide when I have one. And you're right, nothing you take helps.
    Hope that sucker is GONE today!!

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  14. Oh. No...preschool field trips are migraine inducing on their own. You were already my fitness hero, but this? This soldiering on with little school folk...I am humbled once again!

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  15. I have never had a migraine, but just running hills is hard enough! But you are right, sometimes it's good to have a distraction, if you can call a hill that! Good job pushing through. And you are right, after working out, I always feel better!

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