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Headaches after running

I did the C25k program at my local leisure centre without any problem, but after doing my graduation run with the group, I had a headache for 2 days. I continued running for weeks after with no more problems. But then I did my first (and so far, only) parkrun and had intense headaches for about 2 weeks. The GP has diagnosed cluster headaches which I had never heard of, but the symptoms seem to fit. I am wondering if it might have been slightly anxiety-related as I haven't suffered at any time when just plodding along on my own. Plus the chemist advised about perhaps taking electrolytes, hydrating well etc. Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience?

I have to add that it hasn't put me off running - I stopped for 1 1/2 weeks during the worst of the attack but got out again as soon as I felt I could and I desperately want to get back to my next parkrun!

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I'm no doctor but I remember getting some mild headaches at the beginning.

Lack of hydration can cause headaches anyway so if you are running as well?! No idea. I'm sure someone on here will know

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Hydration is a possible cause.

The NHS recommendation is to drink a minimum of 1.2litres of water per day. However, if exercising you need to drink considerably more throughout the day. My intake is between 2.5 and 3litres per day, whether I am running or not.

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Hydration and or possibly tense shoulders. I know if I feel under pressure ie. running faster than I should/could /or are really abable of then my form goes to pot. I have caught myself with my shoulders by my ears all hunched up and breathing strangely just because I am under pressure. You can imagine what that can do to you after 5km of that. It is so easy to do, but as other say it might be a combination hydration is so important.

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Thanks for the replies. I am trying to improve my hydration, it is a new habit to try to instill, easy to forget to keep sipping! Do many people use isotonic drinks etc? And yes I suspect that tension/pressure has played a part.

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Water is fine at this stage. You might want to consider isotonic drinks if you are running a half marathon or if the weather is hot.

You can make a highly effective isotonic drink by diluting apple or grape juice at one part to six of water and add a pinch of salt.

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