Poison Ivy & Running


I need to stay far away from poison ivy! I didn't know how bad an allergic reaction to poison ivy could be until I noticed blisters on my skin after picking blackberries recently. The first week and a half, I was able to run even though it bothered me a little when my shorts brushed against my itching legs.

After going to the doctor and getting a steroid shot and some medicine, I didn't feel like running for a few days. After nearly three weeks of rashes, itching, blisters, swollen joints and lips, I'm almost back to normal and I'm feeling much better. I don't know which I'm more concerned about when I run in the woods now - snakes or poison ivy!

Weekly Workouts
  • Saturday: 30 minute ride
  • Sunday: 4.5 mile run with 3 x (10 minutes fast, 2 minute rest); exercises like the clam, leg lifts, 7 Minute Exercises
  • Monday: 5 mile easy run with 5 hills; 30 minute ride
  • Tuesday: 5 mile run with 2 miles fast; arm workout, 7 Minute Exercises
  • Wednesday: 5 mile easy run with 5 strides; 30 minute ride; Myrtl RoutineRunner Dude's Core WO
  • Thursday: 9 mile run
  • Friday: rest
Totals: 28.5 miles running, 90 minutes riding, 3 strength-training sessions; plus, I saw 4 deer, 3 turtles, 2 rabbits and 2 chickens while running and riding this week!

My Favorite Links of the Week


Comments

  1. My husband has a bad reaction to poison ivy too, but I seem more unaffected. Glad you got over your poison ivy exposure, that doesn't sound fun!

    Great week of working out!

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  2. Yikes! I got poison ivy last year while I was riding my bike. I should have listened to the sign when it said ROAD CLOSED, instead I decided to trampse through the woods. Hope you have a full recovery soon!

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  3. My 8 year old got PI after while running through a wooded area at school. It has sucked! We are on guard for ticks here, never really thought about PI until now.
    How cool your Garmin shows stride rate!

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  4. Oh no! I have never gotten into poison ivy, but I do have a fear of it. I understand the frustrations with itching/rashes, though. I had that bad chafing situation this past Spring and it took a good 3 weeks to fully clear up and get back to normal. It makes running a bit uncomfortable, to say the least. Glad you are on the mend!

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  5. Oh, but what a wonderful blackberry cobbler we had. If we had to do it all over again I'd have to say it was worth it.
    -Loving Hubby..

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  6. Bummer on the poison ivy and horrible reaction!!!
    I need to play around more with my new Garmin - I had no idea I could get my stride rate!

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    1. To see my stride rate, I upload my run to Garmin Connect and click on the activity on the dashboard.

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  7. Poison ivy is no joke!! I hope you are able to avoid it from now on. It really takes the fun out of picking things in the woods. :(

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  8. Oh no! I have managed to stay away from it so far, but that sounds terrible....now I should be even more careful. Sorry to hear that, but hopefully ti calms down and you feel better!

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  9. Reason no. 124 not to run in the woods..poison ivy...hope you never meet up with it again :)

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    1. Me, too! I ran in the woods this week and it was kind of scary whenever I brushed against some weeds.

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  10. So sorry about the poison ivy, that sounds horrible! Hopefully you are able to avoid it without having to stay off the trails.

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  11. Oh no Tina! Would running in knee socks help and then just carefully peel them off afterwards? I've been wearing them more on trail to help avoid scratches and poison ivy.

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  12. I had poison ivy once...soooo not fun! Is there a spray that you can use pre-run that can prevent the rash/itching from forming if you brush against it?

    And great job this week on your workouts!

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    1. I've never heard of a spray like that, but that would be great!

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    2. I found some! Yesterday I came across something called Ivy X that you use before you come in contact with poison ivy. I don't know if it works, but I'm going to try it.

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  13. Poison ivy yikes, and I thought the cacti that line my trail runs were dangerous.

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  14. I have never had poison ivy but the first thing that pops into my mind are painful chickenpox. What is the next race on your schedule - or are you just kicking back for now and enjoying down time from racing?

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    1. I've registered for a marathon that takes place in February. Summer is a rough time to race in Texas so unless we travel, that may be my next major race.

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  15. Hmmm.... I am not even sure what poison ivy looks likes. I should probably google that for me trail runs. So sorry you had such a horrible reaction.

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  16. Yikes that's a bad poison ivy reaction! I'm glad you're feeling better!

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  17. I love your recap!! What a great week, except for the bad poison Ivy break out :( Thank goodness for meds, right.

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