So, I got a bunch of things done this morning that were pretty significant, not least of which is having signed a legal agreement with another collaborator that clears the way to move forward with one of my projects. I was feeling pretty up, as I ran my errands, then I stopped by the local high school track to have a quick walk between rain showers. I felt great, and the track has been recently resurfaced, so I did some quick sprints, which felt really good.
I was a pretty serious athlete when I was younger, and I ran a lot. It felt great to get moving again today — even just a little bit.
After that, I went home, took a shower and had some lunch, then called my collaborator, and agreed on next steps.
Then I lay down for a nap.
I had a good rest; when I woke up, though, I had one of those pressure headaches, where the sides of my head feel like they’re pushing together and pressing my brain out the top and front of my skull. Not fun. I used to get these headaches all the time. I had them for years and years, and it wasn’t until I started seeing a chiropractor that they subsided.
And then I didn’t have problems with them for quite some time. I was exercising regularly, getting adjusted every other day, and that seemed to keep them at bay.
Then I quit exercising regularly. I found I had overtrained, I was not having a balanced enough life, and I needed to let some stress injuries heal. I also quit going to the chiro, because I was out of money and insurance wouldn’t cover me.
But I never went back to exercising regularly in quite the same way. In fact, I found that when I did exercise like I used to — vigorously — I would have this headache. So, that discouraged me. I also haven’t been back to the chiro in years, so that hasn’t helped either, I think.
Now I’m back at the exercise, but apparently I need to take it more slowly. I think the sprints did not help me — too much too soon — even though I did maybe five or six 20-meter sprints, which doesn’t seem like a lot to me.
Then again, maybe it was.
So, I guess that means I rest for the next few days. That’s fine. I can do some light morning warmups and stretching, but I need to watch it and make sure I don’t kill my quality of life with doing too much too soon.
Gradual is best, I guess.
At the same time, though, I don’t want to be going at low speed for the rest of my life, and part of me is hoping that I can wean myself off my sedentary state and get back in the swing of things through tolerating the headache and not letting it dictate everything. I have heard stories about people who had post-headache exercise and worked through it. I don’t want to injure myself, and I don’t want to constantly be in pain, but perhaps this is what it takes — enduring a bit of discomfort in the short term, so my body can acclimate to the changes over the long term.
We’ll see how it goes. At the very least, this will remind me to drink water and stretch, so I don’t let myself get “out of whack” like I often do when I have days off. It keeps me honest, even if it is painful.
At least it’s not incapacitating me. That’s a plus.