As I mentioned in my previous post, I walked a scenic 12 km yesterday. I didn’t think it would be that taxing as I’d been walking up to 6 km previously without any ill effects. In fact, I felt great after doing those 6 km treks. Now, I understand that 12 km is double my previous distances but when I wrote yesterday’s post, I was a tad tired but doing ok.
I woke up this morning and it was a different story. I got up and felt “bleh” almost immediately. I think the best way to describe it was like having a hangover. I had a bit of a headache, didn’t have any appetite, and just wanted to sit and do nothing. I just tried to drink as much water as I could. The whole late morning and early afternoon passed in a fog of mental haziness. Around 3pm, I felt fatigued enough to require a nap which I quickly fell asleep into.
The nap did me some good as I began to feel somewhat normal again after waking up. I was still pounding the water back though and even now, I’m still rehydrating.
It’s clear to me that I did not drink enough water during and after my trek. I think that was my biggest and only mistake really. None of my muscles ached or were stiff today, so I don’t think from an exertion standpoint I took it too far. I simply just didn’t re-hydrate properly. The odd thing is, I didn’t really sweat all that much during the three hours I was out there.
It’s a good thing I didn’t have anything to do today because I was basically useless for most of the day. Well, a lesson learned for next time.