Last night was the second time, over the span of a month, I’ve experienced Exercise Induced Anaphylaxis (although, I think it may be more of a food related issue vice Exercise) lets delve into this topic for a moment.
I had dinner around 530ish in the evening, I scheduled some phone calls for a post-meal walk, to aid in digestion .. dinner was simple and light, bit of grass-fed ground beef with 1 boiled egg, a bit of kimchi … I went out on my walk, made my phone calls which took up about 1.5 hours of time, good walking and talking was had.
I returned home, slightly hungry again, I felt the need to put down a little fuel before I started getting ready to go out for a run, so I quickly reached for a table spoon, took half a tablespoon of honey to evelate my sugar levels for quick energy, and then a table spoon or two of black-strap molasses on a couple (2-3) premium plus WHEAT containing crackers.. I go up stairs and suck back a pu’erh coffee tea, pop 2grams of CLA (congjugated linoleic acide – aids in metabolizing fats for energy) and I took 1 Tablespoon of L-Carnitine which is also another fat metabolizing supplement .. 2 Tabs of Gingseng for (1000mg) for stamina – endurance factors.
I ventured out, full of good positive energy, circulating my breathing from inhaling through my nose and exhaling through the mouth… at different intervals I like to simply practice NOSE-ONLY breathing on my runs, which is just that, inhaling and exhaling only through the nasal cavities .. this aids with posture, gets me to focus on my cadence and enables me to run farther longer … when I becomes tough, I’ll take a breath and exhale through the mouth a few times, resuming nose breathing or revert back to circulating my breath, taking in oxygen through the nose and exhaling the carbon through the mouth … its a great practice, and I highly reccomend any runners reading this, if you haven’t experimented with this, try it out! See how it benefits you, and if it doesn’t let me know, and why in the comments, I’d love to explore that with you…
So I’m out running its roughly -9 degrees out, I’m dressed appropriately for the weather, and I have my head-lamp on .. I’m enjoying my run, even as blowing snow starts to hit.. I can see the reflection of the snow flakes whizzing by from the light of my headlamp.. and It looks soo cool.. I imagine the snowflakes to be “Data Packets” varying in size which are varied size of Data packets that travel wirelessly and invisibly from PCs and Laptops through the air to routers and Access Points .. wireless communication is invisible to the human eye.. but running with snow passing infront of you gives the perception you are running through a bunch of data packets (I’m a cyber security student – so forgive my nerdy analogy LOL) .. one could also describe it as a scene out of star wars or something similar where you’re traversing space and the snowflakes are like stars essentially ..
12 km’s into my run, I notice a small itch devleloping near my underarm, almost as if a rash is starting to form, and I instantly recognized that itch from a month previous when I last had a case of Hives – post exercise… Now, I’m running by feel, I’m not motivated by time and pace at this point in the run so, it was a comfortable level of effort, to the point I was enjoying some laughs from the conversations I had earlier that evening out on my walk…
The itch sort of subsided, but soon as I reached the house and stopped moving, once inside getting ready for a shower and stripping off the clothing, I started to break out in hives again, and started scratching my entire body (probably not wise to do, but its very difficult to resist) from head to toe I’m severly itchy .. like I’ve never smoked meth or crack but I liken it to something like that where your detoxing from those drugs and its just a rampant itch that consumes your entire being .. having been here before I felt kind of frustrated because I like to imagine I’m a moderately healthy person – which I am .. and having these sorts of symptoms catch you off guard can be pretty disturbing and a little concerning … I prep for a shower, go grab some water, and in the process of getting a glass of ice water, I start to feel like I’m about to black out .. I muster up some strength and make it back to the upstairs bathroom and sit down for about 10 minutes, strenght regained I enter the shower and do my business .. post shower, I grab a grapefruit and when I returned to the bedroom upstairs, something wasn’t right, still feeling off after that rampage.. I head back into the bathroom with the sensation of throwing up building up … sure enough, I threw up 4 times in the toilet… black from the black strap molasses and everything else I ate that evening…
After having read a few articles about Exercise Induced Anaphylaxis and Food Dependant Exercise Anaphylaxis … I’ve come to the conclusion or theory it was the WHEAT in those crackers that set me off to have this allergic response, but I cannot verify this, I only suspect it. The reason being, is Friday night (2 nights prior) I ate an organic thin crust pizza (contains wheat to some exten I’m pretty sure) and 4 hours later I was out running and had a great time, and symptom free post run, so maybe its different types of wheat that trigger me I don’t know.
I’m half convinced I should consult with a nutritionist or get an allergy test done, but I’d like to know first, if any of you out there have experienced similar or relatable symptoms to what I have just described?
Below are the stats from my run, overall I am pleased to have finally got a long distance run in, its been a while since I’ve done any jogging over 12-13 km so I was happy to be reassured I haven’t lost any of my running mojo since the snow has arrived .. I have been doing stationary running on treadmills at my local Goodlife fitness to create an “No excuses” mentality to at least run 8-10km every time I go there which is about 4 – 5 times a week .. I don’t want to lose my running base / foundation over the winter, So i think this is a good strategy .. but lets face it, nothing beats the Running we receive as a gift from running in the GREAT OUTDOORS .. something about that fresh air, and moving your body fluidly, freely, and running your mind out of thoughts is more enticing than saddling up on the good ol’ reliable dreadmills at gym or fitness club LOL.
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