Wow what a hike! So proud of you. So sorry your head hurts. Sinus, caffine, heat can contribute to headaches. Push the water but try some caffine too. My husband gets headaches often and swears by caffine and headache powders. It is mostly asperin. So if you have some asperin around take it.
I was thinking about the difference between just walking, trail walking and hiking yesterday. I took one of my kids to cross country practice and then went and walked one of the trails for a half hour while I waited.
It was so much harder work than even my longer walks on pavement. Looping, swooping, dodging roots, going up hills and up short stairs.
It really was a great workout and I'm hoping to get the full 5 miler around the lake onto my regular routine in the near future.
Muscle-wise I have a little tightness today, but I'm mostly suffering a headache. I'm sure that I burned a lot of calories last night, but I got home, and even after I cooled down, I wasn't hungry. I've been sucking down water, and I've had a little caffeine and eaten a little more breakfast than usual, and my head is still hurting. I feel like I've missed something.
I drank water throughout my hike. Though I was dripping sweat, so it's possible I lost more than I drank. But I had already had my 8 glasses before the hike in preparation for it. I knew I wanted to be well-hydrated prior. I wish I knew what was making my head hurt, so I won't do it next time.
I know it's my first time on a trail in a little while but good grief! I have been walking around my neighborhood. And today I challenged myself to a hike nearby that mimics mountain terrain. I'm in a hilly region, but not mountainous. This hike was so tough! It was hot at 5pm, and the elevation gains of about 560ft were DRASTIC compared to my neighborhood hikes of 163 ft. Actually, reading that makes me feel a LOT better about what I accomplished today.
My neighborhood walks are about a 20 min/mile pace. I have walked a 5k in just under an hour. So the fact that I did about 2.5 miles in just under an hour is pretty good given that terrain. Phew! I was actually going to post here whining about how hard the hike was and that we have a group hike on Saturday, and I felt ill-equipped. But I think I survived 2.5 miles of this, and I can definitely handle more this weekend!
So the place we hiked (with my dog) is a neat area. The elevation changes and the positioning of it in our area make it a Mountain habitat in the middle of Piedmont. There are plants growing in the park that can only grow in the mountains. When we've hiked in the past, it's been significantly cooler than the surrounding areas, but August heat is just plain hot not matter where you go! I'm definitely going to be using this trail for more of my training. It'll be great preparation for the Ultimate Hike!
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