Sunday, July 3, 2011

Euphoria? Vertigo? Certainly Freaky!!

People pay a lot of money to have out of body experiences.  It seems that no matter what your poison (pills, needles, Justin Bieber), there is always someone that is willing to take your money to make you feel like you are not you.  Turns out, you don't have to steal money out of grandmas purse to buy meth or sell your gold fillings to score some ecstasy.  All you need to do is run!!

This weekend, I had 16 miles on the agenda.  As I always do, because I live on the surface of the sun, I got up at 5am to avoid the heat.  The only difference this time was that it was scheduled to be the hottest day of the year - literally.  The forecast was for temperatures anywhere between 117 and 119.  Essentially hot enough to melt your face off or make you look like Keith Richards after a 30 min "session" outside.

As I started out on the run, 40 oz of water strapped to my waist and a smile strapped to my pants my face, the first half mile or so seemed to go by just fine.  But then something happened. . . . . .  I'm still struggling to put the words to it - but it was certainly a strange experience.  I became increasingly dizzy almost to the point that I didn't really feel like my body was my own.  (If that isn't a touchy/feely/hippy type explanation, I don't know what is........pass the hookah.)  So, what is a runner to do when he feels like stripping off all of his clothes and having a dance party?  He keeps on running.

Felt something like this
When I started to feel almost tingly, I decided enough was enough and took a 5 minute breather. This was about at mile 3.5 of a scheduled 16 mile run. My heart rate was high but I was still sweating (not low on electrolytes).  Once I stopped, I was no longer dizzy and as soon as my heart rate went down I was just fine.  I wasn't sprinting or even going all that relatively fast (7:55 pace, target was 7:50 or so).  So, since I couldn't explain it away, what did I do?  I continued to run away from home on my original out and back course.  I never said I was a bright bulb!

I knew something was probably up, so I decided to take it slow at first.  Fortunately, the feeling never came back and I continued on my run - increasing all the way down to 7:30 pace for the last few miles.  I did decide to cut it a few miles short and did a 12 mile run instead of a 16.   Even I know my limits - even if I did feel like I was on E.

Has anyone else had this happen before?  I can't think that I'm the only one.  What would you have done in the same situation?

28 comments:

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

I've felt like this before...feel like i'm missing something but can't really put my finger on it. Do you think maybe sugar levels?

Alma said...

I've had that feeling before but not while running. I figured it was dehydration/low blood sugar or something like that... or maybe just my soul trying to leave the body.

XLMIC said...

I'm anticipating that for this afternoon's run... I'll let you know how it goes. I had such a great time doing that SYTO in the middle of the day, that I have decided to do a longer, hillier run on a hotter day and in the later afternoon... like at about 3:30. I am also not the brightest bulb. Glad you didn't pass out in someone's house like Robert Downey Jr. or Margot Kidder...

ShutUpandRun said...

Totally freaky and weird that it was so close to the start of the run. What kind of drugs and shots did you do the night before?

krystyna47 said...

My belief (and I'm not a doctor, but have a mother that specializes in cardiology... i.e. heart stuff)...
is that b/c of the extreme heat many of your veins and arteries are dilated to increase heat loss by dissipation at the skin's surface. This results in low blood pressure, and can lead to fainting or general feelings of dizziness and light-headedness. Maybe?
I've had this experience while hiking, not while running b/c I am Canadian and, damn it, we don't have the luxury of extreme heat.

The Banter said...

Aw, poor baby. That's normal life for some of us.

laurenruns.com said...

Follow your body's cues! It was good to cut the run short. We had a hot & humid Saturday morning (although not as bad as AZ, it was 85 @ 7:30 AM) in Chicago yesterday, and I definitely cut my run short knowing that I needed to be healthy & ready to go for activities later that day (road trip & hashing).

BTW - have you ever heard of the Hash House Harriers? They're a running group I think you'd enjoy them.

Shawn said...

Like...freaky Friday or something...maybe Arnold was in the neighborhood and you now have a love child or something. Who actually runs in that kinda weather.??????....wait a minute, we run on the other side of the the thermometer in Canada...by the way, have a happy bday tomorrow....

Forward Foot Strides said...

I had the tingles today! It felt like I had goosebumps towards the end of my run, but I didn't see any.

I was really really hot, but my calves started to feel cold, which I'm pretty sure isn't normal so I walked for a bit.

I only had .5 of a mile left after that, and I took it easy.

tahoegirl said...

If I remember correctly you don't eat before run right? Low blood sugar? 119? WTF?

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS said...

That has happened to me before. Dizzy, out of my body, sometimes sleepy or headachey...
Try salt!
I felt like that during a training run before San Diego, and my coach/nutritionist gave me a handfull of salt to lick. It did the trick.

Twice during the San Diego marathon, I ate a salt pack and instantly perked up.

Just an idea!

Kate said...

Huh. No idea but some of the explanations are interesting. I had one run where the feeling wasn't so severe but was similar. The only difference was that, as weird as I felt, it was a really good run for me. I don't think I ate first, but that's the only difference between it and a regular run for me. Also, it was in cool weather, so heat wasn't a factor.

Caroline said...

Yes I have had that. more then once. I only get this when it is hot. I have chills on top of it plus I go numb and if that happends it means big trouble for me and I have to stop. Salt does help. Got to drink earlier even if I don;t feel I needed it. I remember last time I felt like my legs where not connected to the rest of my body, was really weird and I got really dizzy. It does happen to me early in the run also.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Im not a certified doctor but i google and wikipedia a lot. Im wondering what you had to eat the night before and or that morning. Im thinking it was an alergic reaction. Did you try a new gel, power drink, or were you 'on the internet' with yourself just before running?

Brian said...

Only three times. Once was this winter when I ran when I was sick and probably shouldn't have. I felt very dizzy about midway through my run, and did continue on after eating my whole pack of sports beans and a lot of water.

There have been two times where I got back from a run and later in the day (about an hour in 1 case and almost 8 hours later the other time) where I felt really dizzy and felt like I was going to faint (I guess...I've never fainted).

I suspect I was dehydrated both times.

XLMIC said...

I am so bummed to report that I did NOT get to feel like I was high while on my run today. Instead I felt like crap…which I managed to do before I got to the bathroom :( and then I did almost fall over and I did feel dizzy right after that. But it was in no way pleasurable like I would imagine drugs might be ;-)

Pam said...

Running-induced orgasm?

Stephanie Anne said...

I had that near the end of RnR New Orleans. I was out of water, and needed some desperately, and was getting overheated. After some water & stripping off my clothes I felt a lot better.

mikemilzz said...

This heat has been brutal. I can't even imagine trying to do 16 on Sat. By the time I headed out on Sat it was already 90, so I found the shadiest route available to me and went to see what I could do. My heart rate was almost instantly higher and my pace was way slower than usual. After 6mi I decided to bag it because I didn't want to experience what you were describing.

I was all excited for the rain last night, but when I went out today it was just as hot as Sat but this time with more humidity. My kids were shocked when I came back because I was 'all wet'. Usually I just come back from runs looking like I'm covered in salt but the humidity was up enough today that I could sweat and stay wet. This whole running in the desert in the Summer thing is pretty tough. It makes me really appreciate and cherish the beautiful Winter running weather that we get to enjoy.

Stay hydrated and be safe out there!

Nobel4Lit said...

Strangely, I haven't had this happen during running. But I HAVE had it while driving.

SupermomE12 said...

I have a condition and I struggle with similar symptoms in the heat, although it has gotten a lot better since I have been running.

Honestly, with temps that high, I imagine it was your body saying, "Seriously Adam? Seriously? You want to run 16 miles in THIS?"

Glad it didn't come back though and I would just make sure you are really well hydrated before the next run (and during/after).

Lynn said...

I had that happen, except I actually ended up fainting. I felt like I was in a tunnel and everything was just totally weird. Next thing I knew, my husband was standing over me, telling me to wake up. I saw my doctor the next day. He sent me for a full cardio workup, which showed absolutely nothing except a heart that performs like one that is much younger. Diagnosis: blood pressure too low due to dehydration, something which I never thought would be said of me as I drink a lot of water.

Jennjustruns said...

That's how I felt yesterday morning during the ARR #3. Heat + humidity did me in. Sometimes you just have to listen to your body and change your plans.

Jamoosh said...

Oh my gosh. Classic symptoms. You have a "Brain Cloud."






Google it if you don't get the reference...

Razz said...
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Razz said...

did you check your dipstick?

*5th grade humor, FTW!*

kilax said...

Yikes! That seems really dangerous! I am happy you felt better and could still do 16. I have gotten dizzy, but not because of the temp (which is weird, I am not a good heat runner). One time I had to stop and sit on a bench for about 15 minutes. My vision was all blurry and everything.

I hope it cools down there!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

eek. I probably would have passed out by that point. Me + heat = no good. Glad you made it home ok.