Unexpected Outing: Day 36

I have grown to learn that many of my friends call me when they have a last-minute change of plans because they know that I have the flexibility to do things on the spur of the moment that many people don’t. The plan for today was to take the car in to have the clutch checked, but I received a call from a friend who had an appointment cancelled and wanted to know if I wanted to head to the beach to go for a hike. Never one to pass up an opportunity to get outside, it didn’t take much to twist my arm into going.

I actually really needed to get out. For a few weeks now my head has been fuzzy, something that I’ve never had an issue with before. I’m not really sure how to describe it other than if you imagine the way you feel right after you get up from an afternoon nap when everything isn’t quite in focus. Now imagine that feeling all the time you’re awake and that is what I have been dealing with the last few weeks. My body isn’t tired at all, but my head is just in a fog and never feels quite right. I had been hoping that it would clear itself on its own, but that doesn’t appear to be happening so I may need to go in to see a doctor to try to figure out what’s going on, especially since it’s effecting my productivity. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t turn into something that is expensive enough to ruin this minimum wage challenge. The one time that it seems to get better is when I am out hiking, so I jumped at the chance to get out for a bit.

We headed to the beach first where we spent a couple of hours beach combing and had lunch:

We then went to Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve and did a 6.3 mile loop hike surrounded by beautiful mossy greenness:

Purisma Creek Redwoods open space preserve

We came across a few of these fellows along the trail:

banana slug

There were also a lot of interesting and colorful mushrooms:

red mushrooms

Although there was cloud cover, the first 2 miles of the hike were pretty steep and we worked up a nice sweat. At one point, she was complaining about how sweaty she had become and I had to remind her that nobody should ever be embarrassed about sweat since it’s nothing more than one’s fat crying. She then mentioned how many more calories she would be burning if we were running the loop instead of walking it. I mentioned that I didn’t think that was the way it worked — that running six miles doesn’t burn any more calories than walking six miles since the distance is the same (as opposed to exercising the same amount of time where running would burn more calories). I reasoned that since you traveled the same distance, you would burn basically the same number of calories, while she said that running exerted more so it must burn many more calories over the same distance. Why am I mentioning this debate? Because it led to one of our regular $1 bets on who was right — Quiz: do you think I was able to add $1 or I had to subtract $1 to the minimum wage challenge with this bet (no fair Googling before you post your answer in the comments)?

I really enjoy days like this when I’m able to do something that wasn’t planned at all. All in all, it turned out to be a good day and a no spend day. My head did clear up while hiking which was a great relief, but then clouded up again as we drove back. This prompted me to make two appointments for tomorrow: one with the eye doctor (I’m wondering if it’s being caused by poor eyesight) and one with my regular doctor. It needs to be taken care of before it gets any worse and hopefully it won’t be too expensive…

Today’s Spending

Food: $0.00
Car: $0.00
Housing: $0.00
Travel: $0.00
Health: $0.00
Misc: $0.00

Total: $0.00

Total Spending

Food: $27.89
Car: $0.00
Housing: $0.00
Travel: $0.00
Health: $485.00
Misc: $19.00

Total: $531.89

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6 Responses to Unexpected Outing: Day 36

  1. Love the pics says:

    Calories burned will be a function of distance traveled and reverse relation to time invested to burn said calories. If running, typically you will burn more calories because you will cover the distance in a shorter time period (all other variables kept constant). Having said that both walking and running are great forms of exercise.

    Fantastic pictures. Wish I was close enough to visit these locations.

    Keep up the good fight!

  2. Wait, so did you win the dollar, or no?

    Also, definitely head to the doc. Not worth waiting to find out if it’s serious or not.

  3. Merilu says:

    Jeffrey – get your vitamin D checked. I had “fuzzy” head and it turned out my vitamin D level was very low. Took three weeks of high dose vitamin D and it was gone!

  4. Wendykw says:

    I’m pretty sure that running used more calories than walking. Goes with the laws of physics that take velocity into account.

    As a medical lab tech who used to run the vitamin assays, I agree with the vitamin D recommendation. It’s amazing how many people have a low vitamin D. With the amount of time you spend outside, I’d be surprised if you had a low one though. I’m sure the doctor will check the usual health panels, but definitely get a CBC. It could be anemia. My carnivore husband got it, so anyone can.

  5. secretarysaving says:

    Super cute photos! I love these nature blog post. I show them to my kids and they like the pictures.

  6. Jo says:

    I’m late re: the physiology of running versus walking the distance. What wasn’t mentioned was that the hike was steep. Therein lies the answer. Having done my share of hikes on flat and hilly surfaces, the calorie burn was far more effective when walking the hills – NOT running. With walking you’re working your muscles far more; whereas with running you’re working your lungs. It’s anerobic (walking/muscles) over aerobic (running/lungs).

    Your female companion, sweating as much as she did served her well regarding calorie burn. When running, you get that momentum going and are moving faster, not giving the muscles time to work through the so-called burn, if you will. But I’m sure her heart rate was going at the desired beats per minute, which then tells her she was on par for her age, body weight and fitness level. Being fit, she obviously had no trouble maintaining pace at a walk and getting the desired number of calories burned she would not have achieved had she been running for the same amount of time.

    Been there and done that….. 😉 A big kudos to you, Jeffrey. I have Fibro and deal with brain fog all the time; makes me wonder about the vitamin D levels needing to be checked as well. My best to you and hope all goes well. LOVE your articles….

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