I’m not training for a specific race right now. I did the BMW Dallas Half Marathon in December after weeks of training and fears that there was no way my dizzy head could handle the grind of 13 miles. (For my story on why I have a dizzy head, click here.)
Instead, I’ve just been running the miles as I’ve felt like it. If I run 2 miles and feel good and can go another 2 or 3, I tack those on. If I don’t feel like running, I let myself rest.
But because I’m not logging those regular nine and 10-mile runs, I’ve felt like I’m starting from scratch.
Part of that is that the weather here in north Texas has been up and down. We’ve had days where it’s been sunny and beautiful and 65 degrees. But then this week, the temperatures dipped into the 30s and with that have come some really windy days.
All of that weather changes and barometric changes mean awful things for my head. If you’re a fellow migraineur, you know that drastic weather changes do this.
And while there’s mixed results about whether or not it’s true that migraines are directly linked to the weather, I can tell you that lately, when I don’t have a migraine, my head is foggy— a symptom of vestibular migraine.
Too many weather changes and I’m more prone to that foggy, dizzy head. When I first became sick with this vestibular disorder, I ran through that. I told myself that if I could run with a dizzy head, I could walk with one (Walking required careful concentration and sometimes a cane when I was constantly dizzy).
I’m following that advice again, even though I’m not nearly as riddled with vertigo as I was two years ago. I run through it when I can. I rest when I need to.
This is the new normal of having a vestibular disorder and being a runner. We watch the weather. We listen to our bodies. We keep going.