But, later that day I felt quite drained. Could have used a nap, but someone came over to check out one of my horses. I thought maybe it was a lack of hydration so I drank more water, plus had a big glass of milk (thinking my body could use the protein in it too). By about 7:00 I was not only wiped, but I had the most dreadful headache. I could literally feel my pulse throbbing at my temples. Plus I felt a bit dizzy and queasy. I took an ibuprofen, grabbed a cold washcloth for my head, and snuggled into a blanket on the couch.
By 9:00 I managed to have a 30 minute nap, but really didn't feel much better. I took another ibuprofen, got my cloth cold again, and headed to bed praying that I would fall asleep. I was almost in tears it hurt so bad.
When I woke up Monday morning it was all gone, except my eyes seemed a teensy bit swollen.
I had this same sort of situation after a race back in February. I have felt exhaustion after a long run, and needed a nap, maybe had a slight headache ... but nothing like these two instances.
Did a little Google research and did see some interesting things. One thing mentioned was of course dehydration. While I didn't feel dehydrated ... maybe I haven't been drinking enough water. I know it's been pretty cold and miserable lately and I likely have been drinking more hot black tea and less water. My weight was also up 4 lbs the next morning ... that's got to signal something because it certainly wasn't due to food intake.
Another thing it mentioned was possible muscle tension. Hmmm, that's a possibility. I pulled out the 30 Day Shred on Saturday (ahahaha I just accidentally typed the 309 Day shred - wowsers, that's a long one). Having not done much weights recently it REALLY kicked my butt ... and my chest, back, arms.....
When I began my run on Sunday morning I definitely felt tension through my back, chest and shoulders. Perhaps I was too tense on my run.
The common thread I do see between these two situations is that I was wiped after my run and wasn't able, or just didn't, take the time to lay down and let my body recoup when it was clearly exhausted. Maybe that's the lesson I need to take from this?
You gotta love blogging for having a little piece of history to help you figure things out. I will monitor this situation to see if it happens again.
Day 3 and going strong. Left it until after 9PM again, but got it done. Did 1 mile intervals on the treadmill and was super happy with my average pace. Speed work is kind of fun. Between intervals I dropped and did some core work.
June 1 - 5 mile/8K run
June 2 - 30 Day Shred Level 1
June 3 - 4 mile/6.4K - 1 mile intervals on treadmill at avg. 7:28 pace and core