05-20-2013, 12:10 AM
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I missed both Friday and Saturday's workouts.
Friday's was a 4 mile run @ 8:45 mile
Saturday's was 4 mile hike with 40 lbs
Total distance traveled = 3 miles
So today I decided that the run was more important than the hike was and started Friday's workout. I made it through the first mile at 8:40. The mile time markers after that were hard to calculate. I did not complete Friday's workout today. I made a few mistakes these past two days that made it very hard on my body today. I told you all in my first post that hydration is a very important aspect of keeping your body healthy enough to workout and improve in those workouts. I have not been keeping up with that. I drank minimal water in the past two days and it impacted me greatly today. When I went running this evening, even though it was after 1800 (6 pm), it was well over 85 degrees out. I only completed 3 of the 4 miles today. I could have pushed myself to finish the fourth mile but when I completed the third mile I was feeling extremely dizzy and had spots beginning to form on the edges of my vision. I decided that it would be in my body's best interest to stop what I was doing and find some water to drink. Could I have continued? Yes. Would it have been safe to do so? No. There was no point in me hurting myself during training for future training. I was not happy about the decision but many times the best decision isn't the one that you like. I was feeling relatively fine at mile 1, a little warm but not too bad. I was feeling extremely fatigued at mile 2, and I had developed a headache. Where I run there is minimal shade and very little breeze. I told myself that I had to at least make it to the third mile and I would see how I felt from there. This fatigue wasn't the normal muscle fatigue that a person receives from working out it was the type of fatigue that renders the body useless. It's hard to describe this type of fatigue but those who have experienced it know what I am talking about. It's the fatigue you get when you have pushed your body far past it's energy limits and your body is about to give out.
So, because of the lessons I learned today, I am going to inform everybody of some of the symptoms of dehydration: nausea, fatigue, headaches, cramps, vomiting, loss of consciousnesses blackouts, tunnel vision, spots at the edge of vision, confusion, and amnesia.
I know amnesia is a symptom that is not all that common, but I have seen this symptom in severe dehydration cases. During PT one day I was done with my workout and I was watching another company's workout, one of their people was sitting on the curb with his head between his knees. I heard someone yell this person's name and tell him to stand up. This person stands up but then starts to wander aimlessly around the area. Someone from the company starts to tail him to make sure he doesn't pass out and then takes him inside. I talk to this person afterwards and he told me that the last thing he remembers is sitting down on the curb and then suddenly he finds himself inside sitting on one of the couches and being forced to drink water. So yes, amnesia is a symptom of severe dehydration. I just don't think it's a common one.