I am a 10k/half marathon runner who recently suffered a bout of vertigo causing me to sit out recent races for which I had signed up!
As I am in recovery mode, when do you suggest a return to training for me? Prior to the vertigo I had been running on average 18-22 miles per week so I'm hoping a certain level of fitness remains.
Karl says: This is a really good question. The first thing I would certainly recommend is to ensure you have gone to your doctor for a full check-up and get a full bloods analysis done.
This is important to ensure that the vertigo is diagnosed and that other things are ruled out. The bloods analysis will rule out low B12 levels or anaemia, both of which can have that effect. If you suffer from either of these it is essential to get plenty of green vegetables into your diet and some red meat too. Liver is also a fantastic source of iron, B12 and many other nutrients but most people, including myself don't like it.
If your bloods come back clear and vertigo is diagnosed it could also be stress related. You need to ensure that you chill out sufficiently and are relaxed.
Stress can channel itself in many different ways and one of those ways can be dizziness and sickness upon exercise.
I find that acupuncture is fantastic for this but pilates or tai chi are also really good too.
In terms of advice with regards when returning to training, you should start back training when you feel the vertigo is gone.
Most people jump back into training where they left off and pick up injuries, I would recommend starting back at 50-60pc of where you were at and build it up from there slowly as you feel comfortable.
By easing back into it you lower the risk of injury and also increases your enjoyment too, then just build it back up over time.