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A Mild Case of Heat Exhaustion, Maybe?

I did a nice 5.5 mile hike around the Miramar Lake, this time taking the trails instead of the asphalt road. I like to use the trekking poles I bought from REI, and they do improve the walking/hiking. I’m sure they really will come in handy when hike 20 miles at a time.

The one big problem was the heat and the intense sun. I once again made the mistake of walking almost midday, starting at 9am and not finishing until 11:45am (close to Noon).

I felt the repercussions of this hike when I had a really bad headache, was feeling very fatigued and I ended up lying down watching TV most of the day. I didn’t like that one but because, 1) I don’t really watch TV because I have other projects to do, and 2) I like to keep busy and not just be so fatigued that I can only watch TV and vegetable.

So, lesson learned…

And yes, I should’ve known better, but sometimes the mind is stubborn in its ways, or it is over-confident and under-estimates the potential pitfalls, like in my case, the extreme heat.

It was 102 degrees yesterday with high humidity. A record breaking heat for San Diego.

An online hiking/yogini friend of mine recommended hiking early in the morning or later in the day. Of course, that is always sage advice. I will try to hike much later in the day, although on hot days it’s still pretty hot. So, early in the mornings are probably the ideal times to run/hike/walk.

I will try that!



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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