It’s no secret that lately any excuse not to run, I’m taking.
But today? I made running plans with a new running buddy and I’m sticking to it. Even though I have the perfect excuse: the doctor told me not to.
No worries, nothing serious (I’m not that stupid), but yesterday I broke out in hives, today it got worse, so I went to our local medical unit.
Funnily enough, almost exactly a year ago, I also broke out in hives on the morning of the VA Beach RnR Half Marathon, and it got so bad that by the time we got back to DC, we had to go straight to the urgent care, where I got a steroid shot and had to take prednisone for a week straight (and it made me bloat up like crazy and I couldn’t sleep for days). It was horrible enough that I had to call in sick that Tuesday because my face was the only part not covered – even my palms were affected! At that time, I followed up with an allergist who did the allergy test and it all came out clear – I continue to not be allergic to anything (yay!).
But anyway, so Sunday I broke out in hives. AGAIN. This is the 3rd time in five years that this happened, this time it also has no causes for it. To avoid letting it get bad enough that I have to resort to steroids, this morning I promptly got checked out by a doctor.
And she said? NO RUNNING. Sweat makes the hives worse. I also got prescribed medicine that will make me drowsy (well, medicine always makes me drowsy!). It makes sense why last time it got so bad: I ran 13.1 miles under 90+ degree weather under the sun (and even got a PR while at it).
But how can I cancel on my run tonight after months of finding excuses not to run? It’s not life threatening, and though I’m itching like crazy, but it’s not the end of the world. I don’t want to keep making excuses, even if this time I have a medical reason for it. But it’s not a serious medical reason, you know? Aside from the itching, I’m feeling ok.
And the will-make-me-drowsy medicine? Well, I’ll take it after the run.
If you see a blonde running like a monkey on the streets of Makati today? That’ll be me. I know I’ll have to multi-task: running while scratching.
But heck I’m making it to that run!