The 2012 BolderBoulder came and went. I wasn’t interested in running, crowds, or a cold (and some say refreshing) Michelob Ultra. Then last summer I ran jogged a 5k and I thought I could tackle this 10k event. I got laced up and packed my CamelBak and I was off. And while I finished the course, I’m not sure I tackled it.
Looks like I’m doing pretty good here, right? I think that this was one of the last points that I felt ok… the day before the race I had taken care of myself. I had eaten well, avoided drinking alcohol, and had plenty of water. What I didn’t count on was tripping over my own feet and causing myself some ankle pain.
I told myself that the ankle pain was merely in my head and I was trying to give myself a way out. So I lined up in my group and waited nervously as we started getting towards the front. My first mile was ok, nothing to brag about. And in mile 2, my ankle started to hurt. I took plenty of walk breaks and continued. I was finding every sprinkler along the course and enjoying myself. By the time mile 3 came around, I was dying. There was no shade on the course and I was starting to get hot. I texted the family and let them know I was way behind my expected pace and not to worry, I would finish. I found them around the mile 5 marker and I just wanted to stop.
After this very flattering photo, I hugged the Husband and told him to look for me at the end. Lots of good lucks later and I was off again. When we got near the stadium, I started to notice I wasn’t sweating anymore. Tell tale sign that I was done for… the heat sickness was on it’s way. As we got ready to hit the stadium entrance, I got goosebumps. I’m not sure if it was from the excitement or the heat but I was ready to be done. You can’t beat the crowd at the stadium! I gave it all I had and crossed the line, grabbed my bag, and found my family.
I spent the rest of the day recovering from just six miles… It was so hot and I was so tired. Needless to say, I had one sip of my Michelob and tossed it in the recycling. I am so glad that I can check the BolderBoulder off my list. I’ve been sick from heat in the past so I knew it was important to go home and take care of myself. I’m not sure if I would do the BolderBoulder again, but I might work at improving my 5k time at this point instead!
A few things about recovering from heat sickness (from http://www.medicinenet.com):
What is the treatment for heat exhaustion?
- Cooling and rehydration are the cornerstones for treating heat exhaustion. The affected individual should stop their activity and then move from the hot environment to a cooler environment. The person may be placed in the shade or taken to an air conditioned environment (don’t forget that cars have air conditioning). Clothes may be removed to help with air circulation across the body. Misting the skin with cool water also helps by stimulating evaporation and cooling the body.
- Rehydration is the next important step in treating heat exhaustion. This may be a challenge if the person begins to suffer from nausea and vomiting. Small sips of water, a mouthful at a time, might be tolerated even if some vomiting persists. Water, sports drink and other electrolyte replacement drinks are reasonable options.
- If oral rehydration fails or if symptoms persist, intravenous fluids may be required to replace the water loss because of the excessive sweating. Hydration continues until the patient begins to urinate, a signal that the kidneys have sensed that there is enough fluid in the body, and it no longer retains fluid.
- Muscles cramps and pain may be treated with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.