C25K, week 6, day 2 – the “I’m allergic to exercise” run

IMG_3019Workout: 5 min warm-up, 10 min run, 3 min walk, 10 min jog, 5 min cool down.

Motivation: Failure is not an option.

Motivation from the app: No matter how slow you go, you are lapping the person still sat on the couch. *high five* to that sentiment.

Every time I have visited the gym I have come out with a blistering headache that I simply don’t get after exercising outside.

For the first few weeks I put it down to being in a different indoor environment but then, very slowly, a memory started to seep into my brain. “Hang on, this has happened before,” it said. And, in fact, I actually went to the doctors about it several years ago. Doh!

“Allergies,” he said.

“You’re saying I’m allergic to exercise?” In my head I was already burning all my exercise gear.

“Well more likely something in the gym. Try taking an anti-histamine before you exercise, that should sort it,” he said. I should add this was after he did blood pressure and other checks.

I had forgotten about it until now and, as I recently had blood pressure checks and I’m healthy- ish,  I took one a pill before my workout yesterday and bingo no more headache. I’m very anti medication but I also can’t just lay down when I get home from the gym because my head is pounding so I suppose this will be what I do until it’s warm enough for me to run outside again.

You may also notice that I managed to complete week 6, day 2 on the second attempt. I was determined not to fail again and even though by the end I could have probably walked on the treadmill at the speed it was set to, I made it.

Next: 22 minutes, non-stop. Part of me wishes I had stuck with this one for a couple more tries!

Has anyone else found they are allergic to the gym?

#ThisGirlCan… thanks to an anti-histamine.

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