So, I’m not sure if I mentioned anything about this on the blog, because I’ve been trying to keep it a secret while I figured out what is wrong. Since I’ve started running again, I’ve been having a really tough time.
The last two times I started back up after injury hiatus, I was back to the track and hitting my old times again pretty quickly. But this time, even though I only took about 3 weeks off, I was worthless. I could NOT run faster than a 10-minute mile, and 10-minute miles were pushing it.
I blamed the cold, but then I still never acclimated. I tried monitoring my heart rate, but my 10-minute miles were regularly pushing me into zone 6, which is more than 100% of my supposed maximum heart rate. And anything under 10-minute miles led to upper chest pains, which I likened to being punched. I also have a pretty good cough whenever I exert myself, even though I have no other symptoms.
Well, in December, I started taking this medication to help with what my dermatologist thought might be hormone-caused acne. When I got the meds, I was surprised to see that it was a drug primarily used to treat blood pressure. As someone with a resting heart rate of about 52 (though I just checked it now and got 47) I don’t need blood pressure meds, but I saw that it was also used to treat acne, so I figured I’d try it and see what happens.
And then I kind of forgot about it. Until last night. I realized I needed to take my second dose, and I was like, wait a minute. Does that stuff cause shortness of breath? And sure enough, that–along with wheezing, cough, increased heart rate–are all listed as possible side effects (along with some other really nasty stuff).
Yes, I do only notice that stuff when I’m working out. But working out is probably the most important thing in my life (see, example A, me writing this blog instead of working). Is my skin better? Only marginally so (and it’s not that bad to begin with–I’m just very vain). So I’m off these pills as of now and looking forward to a good showing in the Love the Run You’re With 5k! I’m hoping to revise my goal down from 30+ minutes now!