I have tested out heat exhaustion via running for you all, you are welcome. Happily ever after starts here with my inside knowledge on how to never experience this for yourself.
So apparently running causes up to a TWENTY-FOLD increase in the body’s heat production. If the body likes to stay at 37 degrees C and then you make it go running in 30 degree heat, my maths tells me that it is gonna pretty much get way too hot.
What is something that most runners can relate to? We get a little stubborn about our running. We want to do it even when the conditions are not ideal. We have the idea of getting our run in for the day and darn it, we will achieve that.
I have definitely gotten more flexible about forgoing my runs, but sometimes I just cannot resist- especially when gorgeous running locations are presented. Hello every NZ beach I have ever seen.
I didn’t actually know that heatstroke was different from heat exhaustion. What I now understand thanks to my friend the internet, is that heatstroke is the really extreme version where you really need to seek medical help. Heat exhaustion is what I had- basically I suddenly got a bad headache and then lay in the throes of swirling nausea for two hours before throwing up everything I have ever eaten, twice. Me and my bucket are now on an intimate level of acquaintance.
As I have mentioned before, the sun in NZ is for realsies. Having said that, pretty much everything you could do to achieve heat exhaustion, I did. I like to do a thing properly, FYI 😉
For example, the above article says:
1) Wear loose fitting clothing of a light colour. Ummm I wore a tight dark coloured thick long sleeved top.
2) Keep bottles of water and non-alcoholic drinks where possible. I really don’t think I drank enough water, and yes I did have a glass of wine before dinner without having rehydrated.
3) Use common sense (okay super fail on this one) and plan your day. I ran in the middle of the day with no shade in sight.
And from the below article (which had a lot of awesome points but these were the ones most related to my experience):
1) Start slower. I maybe kinda had a mean positive split for this workout.
2) Again, wear as little as possible. So not a thick dark long sleeved top.
3) Alcohol. I didn’t have it before my run (that would have been interesting) but one little glass after did not help the situation at all, according to my bucket.
(From here: http://www.runnersworld.com/the-starting-line/running-heat )
No worries though guys, after I threw up I felt a lot better and now I know exactly what not to do for next time. I am also willing to put my embarrassment aside at having been so silly, and share with you my pearls of newfound wisdom on this topic.
During my two hours of lying in bed feeling wretched, I didn’t really know what was wrong with me. You know when you’re sick and it’s really hard to figure anything out? I only clicked once I got better that it was too much sun and heat. So I didn’t do the below things because I didn’t realize what was wrong at the time, but if anyone gets heat exhaustion in the future I think the below things would make a big difference.
(From here: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/heat-exhaustion )
To sum up, the sun is beautiful, but in an “I NEED TO BE RESPECTED” way. Enjoy it but don’t mess with it, because it will take you on and it will win.
(Excuse the finger in this photo 😉 PS that is what a typical NZ beach house (we call it a Bach) looks like).
Have you ever had heatstroke/heat exhaustion?
How flexible are you about your workout? Will you change it around depending on the weather?