I have started running to help with the many mental health issues that I have. One of which is a phobia of being sick/feeling sick/others being sick.
I completed my first parkrun on Saturday. Was very proud of my finish- I pulled a sprint out of the bag and smashed it- the marshals all said to me great finish. Then there was a queue for coffee and cake.
Usually I use the C25k+ podcasts to run to which have the 5 min warm up and cool down. I did walk about a little bit but was anxious to get a drink so joined the queue before I’d had a good cool down. When I got to the front of the queue I started to feel a little queasy and light headed which scared me a bit, thought I might be sick,l or faint but it passed quickly as I had some tea and cake.
Later, when I got home I had a bath and had palpitations for the first time- I’m seeing the dr this morning.
Its scared me a bit from going running again, particularly due to my phobia. I’m scared it will happen again and want to avoid. I’ve read that it was due to stopping the exercise suddenly and not warming down. I also hadn’t eaten as it was so early (but I never usually eat before my runs as I’m scared of being sick and had read for short distances like 5k should be ok). I’ve always been ok in the past. I’ve read about gels but have no idea what they are for and when I have looked them up it seems as though they are for longer distances...but I was thinking of doing the Bridge to 10k and now I’m a bit scared to. Any advice? Was it because I sprinted at the end? (I’d want to do this again though!) Do I really have to eat and if so how long before? If I’m sick or feel really sick that’ll be the end of running for me. Really really need to avoid. Hope someone can help? Thank you