Okay so i didn’t fully pass out but i did leave a family stranded at the register, mid-order, so i could spare them the sight of me on the floor which I was certain would have happened if I didn’t sit down and let my world stop spinning! Yeah a little embarrassing. Oh and it of course was at the perfect timing where there was only me and the sandwich maker in the front which caused me to say “Hey would you watch the register real quick i think i am going to faint” as I ran to the back and sat down in the nearest chair. Luckily my shift was almost over (15 minutes left) and I was able to drink some water and leave before anything else happened!
Why did I almost faint you ask? Well that is a very good question to which I am not quite sure but have my speculations…
1. I hadn’t gotten a lot of water since I had been standing at the register for most of my shift and might have been dehydrated before I even started work.
2. I have had problems with my potassium levels in the past and I think that was the main culprit. You see as I have mentioned earlier, I am training for two 1/2 marathons and a full marathon and with that the training plan that i am on has me running 38-50 miles a week which involves a lot of sweating (even for people like me who hardly sweat) and can throw your electrolytes off balance. I have also had a hard time getting enough calories in for all that I am expending during the week and I think my body had just had enough!
But I have to say it really scared me. My folks are in Hawaii right now and when my potassium levels had dropped really low before I had to go to the emergency room and have an IV to get them back on track and I really didn’t want a repeat! Fortunately, I was able to go home and eat potassium rich food and drink lots of water and PowerAde and now am feeling a lot better :)
This incident has made me stop and think though (along with the loving lectures of my family which I scared to death) that I either need to really increase my caloric intake to meet my running or I need to cut back running! Now I love running and am obsessed with it but I also love my clothes and don’t want to have to get new ones if I gain weight. Big dilemma…
However, I think i am really starting to see that my health is the most important thing and so, with a nervous spirit, I am choosing to eat more and listen to my body as I continue my training plan. By the way, this goes against everything that I have forced myself to believe and act on for the last 7 years (the eating more) so wish me luck!! Oh and thanks for listening to me unload :)
Have a great day!