Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I Don't Feel Like Me

I was so ready to start August off with a bang! Instead, it took me down a notch, several really.... last week was a tough one, not one single day where I felt normal. I wasn't sick,  just abnormally fatigued.

I feel weaker. I feel like it has been building the past few weeks and finally popped. 

My body and mind couldn't find any harmony last week.
I struggled at different levels, every single sweat session. I constantly felt like I was over exerting myself, even though, I wasn't doing anything out of the norm.

Friday after my run, my body decided it was done. 
Our last 10K Friday
7 miles 

These "episodes"...sigh
I have done pretty well this summer, until the past few weeks. These episodes usually occur in heat, or when I've experienced a harsh temperature change, ex...I have exhibited similar symptoms a few times after getting caught in a downpour. I went from over-heating to drenched, and that seems to make some sense, however, Friday, was one of the coolest days we enjoyed all summer. 63 degrees and 90% humidity when we started running. 69 degrees when we finished (very sunny), this should have felt dreamy, not like death. It's hard to describe how much I struggled. 
Soon after, chills, nausea, sweating, abdominal cramps, very odd stiffness all over, elevated heart rate, basically, I couldn't get out of bed from running seven miles. Ridiculous...
I felt fatigued all weekend. 
I am trying to muddle through and get back to "normal", but it is hard.

I have so many questions and no answers.

Is it really the heat?
My thyroid not regulating my body temp?
Some other unknown issue?
An injury brewing?
Cumulative fatigue

This sure has stolen my running mojo.

I ran a whopping two miles Tuesday a.m. before work, and didn't have the stamina to make it three. 

What the heck!?
Any wisdom, please share :) 

Please tell me something happy to distract me! 


Karen 

35 comments:

  1. Oh no, sorry runs aren't going well. :(

    Any chance you drink lots of water and don't eat much salt? Symptoms sound somewhat similar to what another blogger described recently and thought it was more an overhydrating issues (or, more specifically, water and salt out of balance) - near bottom of this post - http://armyamy.com/2015/08/09/twin-cities-marathon-training-56-days-to-go/.

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    1. I am going to check out that post! Thank you :)
      I do get salt for sure, and I do drink a lot of water everyday, yet seem to very thirsty when running lately. It's very odd, I can feel something isn't right, but clueless as to what.

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  2. That really sounds like you need to see a dr! And I hate doctors! But that definitely doesn't sound right. And maybe there's a reason for it? I mean, a medical reason?

    Here's hoping whatever it is stops!

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    1. I thought about it at one point, just go the hospital, but ER's seem to full of people who shouldn't be there and I could drink water and keep it down...
      I have been told my slow thyroid is probably the cause, but I don't know.
      I wish I knew how to fix it, I had been better this summer, this happened to me more last summer.

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  3. Ugh...hang in there, Karen. I would suggest seeing a doctor to try to get to the bottom of it. I got hit w/ a stomach bug Monday and so have been out of commission for 2 days. Trying to be optimistic but realistic for tomorrow. I know I just need to let my body heal and then recover/rebuild after the germs are gone. Take care of yourself, dear.

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    1. Summer bugs are no fun :( I hate being sick. I hope you feel better soon.
      I wish I could get an answer that would fix things. I have an appt. again soon...maybe it will reveal something new. It usually doesn't but I can always hope :)
      Thank you :)

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  4. Awww Karen :-( I wish I knew what to tell you, but it really sounds like you should see a doctor with symptoms like those.

    And...I know you'll hate this suggestion but...maybe lay off the running and exercising for a few days or a week? What you're experiencing could be your body trying to force you to take a break.

    The heat has been getting to me too. I'm just not motivated to do anything in this weather, and getting up for an AM run? Fuhgeddaboutit! I'll tell you the same thing I tell myself: it too shall pass. Soon fall will begin to roll in and the cooler temps and beautiful foliage will make me actually WANT to get outside and run again

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    1. I have been working with my Endocrinologists and Sport med guy for several years now, but I don't have any real answers. I have gone long stretches with no issues, so it seems weird after tolerating June and most of July, which were actually hotter, that now in August it's making such an impact. I am trying to hang on for Fall and see if it helps!
      I agree, I feel forced into taking a break, but I do question - why?!
      I can't wait to feel excited again to get shoes the on, and run out the door :)

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  5. I really felt icky after my workout with Becky this morning. The humidity made my recovery tough, and I felt nauseous for a couple of hours after we finished. Then I hit the wall...I was really tired at work. I blame the weather.

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    1. I feel the heat does whip my tush, but then it seems so abnormal sometimes, I start to question my self. I have had a tough recovering from some simple things the past few weeks.
      I am going to keep blaming the weather for now. I hate that nauseous feeling,I know it well.

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  6. The heat can be a very likely answer, but do listen to this and if it does keep coming up it's something else. I just read the other day where a friend had an iron deficiency and it was zapping all of the energy right out of her. It could be something as simple as that and a supplement or diet change.... just a thought. And don't worry we all go through things when we're not feeling our best.:)

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    1. I will have lab work again in a few weeks, so I need to pay more attention to the iron. I have struggled with my potassium being low as well as my D in the past. I have felt better this summer as the numbers have improved, until the past few weeks. I am all about the supplements lately, I figure it can't hurt to try!

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  7. I'm so sorry your having these problems.
    I am going to 2nd the others who suggested visiting a Dr. It could be so many things.
    I have a sister who gets weird symptoms similar to these, although some slightly different. Turns out she has a very bad allergy to excercise. It's exercised induced anaphylaxis. It sounds super funny, but it can actually be deadly too.
    It took a few visits to different Doctors and some tests to figure it out. The more she sweats and harder her body has to work, the worse it is.
    She's still a hardcore athlete and one of the top Tri athletes in our state. But she does have to carry an Epi Pen with her. On the plus side, I know as it came on, once she knew what she was dealing with, she discovered she had to keep herself in fairly good shape at all times. She does push herself, but in gradual increments now.
    I know she had stomach cramping, fatigue and heart rate irregularity, and still does from time to time. Which is why it made me think of it. It may be a long shot, and it sounds like a fake thing, but its actually real, and it might be worth looking into.
    Either way, hope you get feeling better and get your mojo back soon!!!

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    1. I have been seeing so many Doctors the past few years, I have avoided going to visit the allergists. I get so tired of appointments, but I feel like I need to go and get tested again. I seem to be having new sensitives to food lately, so I can ask about exercise induced issues.
      I have heard of the exercised induced allergy before. That sounds really scary to me, but it's good she is able to continue with what she loves to do.
      Thanks so much, i am working on the mojo :)

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  8. That sounds rough! You should get in with a doctor, at least get your labs and bloodwork checked out and make sure everything is normal. I know the heat knocks it right out of me but not to that degree. I hope you get this figured out and can get back at it soon. So frustrating when things aren't going the way you think they should.

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    1. I feel like it's a few steps forward, then something takes me back down again. I am trying to stay calm, and rest a few days and get back at it! I have a Dr. appt. soon :)

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  9. I will echo what everyone is saying about getting checked out by a doctor. I, too, have been having a harder time than I think I should in the heat--the good news is that time is on our side--fall is coming!
    Maybe switch to do more biking when it is super hot out--at least you get a breeze.
    I take iron supplements, and vitamin B when I start feeling run down (now!)
    Here's to cooler weather, and some confidence building runs!

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    1. I have been on a break for a few days, but I do like to rely in the bike in the heat :) The breeze is really nice and it's easy to take water.
      I may have to up my iron and B some. I try to vary what I take, but my hair skin and nail supplements has a low amount of those.
      I can't wait for a happy run! :)

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  10. I was just commenting on fatigue on another post. I think sometimes it can affect your MIND more than your body. It takes me down, down. Personally, I physically feel better if I take Saltstick capsules during a run. Not only do they help during the run, but with my recovery. Some of your symptoms sounds like electrolyte imbalances. I'd def go to the doc if they continue. Hang in there, my friend!

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    1. My body tanking out on me like this has put me in a down place for sure. It's hard to keep telling your mind STOP, when your body is not cooperating. Fatigue has been an issue for me for a few years now, but I usually recover from exercise fairly easy, the past few weeks, I seem to not be recovering at all...weird.
      I had been using Nuuun and that seems to help some, but I need to get some salt sticks, at this point why not try, right :)

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  11. I was going to suggest some of the same things as other people (water/electrolytes/dr) etc, so I will skip those.

    I will tell you though, that I think we get worn down. All summer we've been dealing with it, then August is the breaking point - enough is enough, ya know? And I really think low temps with high humidity like that may take it out of you more than a lot of sun and a higher temp - it does for me. It's odd that you feel so fatigued at the same effort though. As others have said, I would step back. No point in pushing on when you feel that way.

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    1. I am going to work more on the electrolytes! It can't hurt :) and I feel something must be out of balance. I wondered that too, maybe I just made it this far and for some reason the cumulative effect is taking its toll.
      I find it super strange that when I slow it, I feel no relief. That was my issue last week, I ran some miles at 11:15, I dropped a whole minute and still felt the same effort.

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  12. I am so sorry, that seems awful and abnormal. I mean, I know you + heat don't do well, but nausea, cramping, chills... that sounds like dehydration to me. We just watched an episode of Survivor where all these big, fit, tough guys were suffering from everything you just said because they were dehydrated! So if it IS dehydration, the question is what is causing it, because obviously you drink water- there you are in that pic looking as cute as can be with your hydration pack on. I don't know much about thyroids... does that cause those dehydration type symptoms? I would go to the doctor if you can. In the meantime, can you maybe adjust your workouts to reach SMALL goals so your body doesn't crap out and also so you don't feel like you accomplished what you set out to do? Example: Instead of saying you're going to run 3 miles, say you are going to go for a 20 minute walk. If it turns into a 30 minute walk, you won . If you stick with 20 minutes but you decide to do a couple running intervals, you went above and beyond. But obviously you would only crank it up if you FELT like it. I guess it is a mental game. I play mental games with myself all the time. I say I will run 3 miles but then when I get to 3, doing 2 more doesn't seem daunting. But if I stop at 3, I still did what I said I was going to do and then I don't feel like I gave up. I guess I am rambling now but that is what I usually do when I leave you a comment! Hang in there, Karen, and if those horrible symptoms and chronic fatigue persist, go to the doctor!

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    1. SO far the doctor has not given me any real solutions other than the obvious, stop when I feel wonky, and stop running outside if it makes you sick....arrrrrgh. I think because why I can't regulate my temp right is a mystery.
      I like that idea ;) I am going to have to go back to simpler goals gain, like after my injury! and try to hang on until something gives.
      I do have a lot symptoms of dehydration and the strangest thing happened on Wednesday last week...I drank a little more than a liter of water on my run and when I got home I still lost pound. Something isn't working right. I wish I knew the answer. Always the hard part, shots in the dark...
      I do think I am going to give in and start run/walk again. I worried about doing it all summer and then trying to transition out might seem hard, but at this point it would be for about the next four weeks ??maybe it'll be okay ;)

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    2. That is weird, you're right something isn't working. Don't like at it like you are giving up if you run/walk. But I see you ran over six miles this morning so clearly you are good to go as long as it is not super sunny! Maybe just on the days you know the weather is not totally in your favor you could change your goals.

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  13. Any chance you could have been dehydrated? I tend not to get as thirsty on cooler runs, but am still sweating enough that I need keep hydrating.

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    1. It seems like I have a good balance as far as what the medical sources say(right color urine, etc..) , so I think I am well hydrated. but even though that is case, I have been unusually thirsty as soon as I start running, so I do feel like something must be out of balance. It is weird though, because a lot of my symptoms mimic dehydration.

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  14. I seen someone else mention it, but I wonder if its your potassium levels. They drop & can look like stroke symptoms actually.
    How scary... be careful lady!

    Something happy: Its going to be in the 70's here tomorrow!!!!!! I can't wait!!

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    1. Awesome!! Sounds like a perfect day!!
      My potassium has been an issue in the past, maybe I haven't got it quite high enough yet. It's weird how it randomly acts up, but I probably need to look at changing my supplements just a little again. I feel much better now :) It just takes a bit!

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  15. I think the summer heat is getting to all of us. Hopefully it's just that an not an Injury arising. Fall Temps will be a nice change.

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    1. I do worry about injury. I am tying to keep up with stretching, rolling, compression...Fall will be weird to transition back to running after work, I am excited :)

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  16. Oh Karen, I'm sorry you're feeling like this. Sounds awful. Overtraining? Heat exhaustion? Hormonal imbalance? A combo of things?? Please don't try to push through when you're feeling awful. There's just no sense in it. My doc had me wearing a holter monitor for an abnormal EKG a couple of years ago and that came back abnormal as well so I ended up having a stress echo, which finally showed my heart was normal, thankfully. I wish I had an answer for you. This middle-age crap is not fun. Hugs to you my friend!

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    1. I wonder about all those things! I didn't do anything out of my norm, but I felt like I did. It is hard to find the line, when to push, when to stop. The process keeps changing for me. I have an appt. soon, so I guess we talk about vascular issues and see.
      I agree, middle age is harder than one would think. Thanks :)

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  17. So strange!! It could be so many things...is it a food allergy or something crazy like Lyme disease or hormones? I hope it doesn't happen again soon!

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    1. I do have some issues with food, I need to get tested again. I have had this happen to me over the past three years, I wonder what the root of it is all the time. At least it doesn't happen often, but it sure does zap me.

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