So…I had an interesting experience this morning.
When I was in middle school, I used to get really bad migraines. Like, terrible headache, splotchy vision, random numbness, nausea. I haven’t had one since middle school.
But then this morning on the way to class, I realized I couldn’t see. There were just pieces missing-almost like if you looked into the sun and then looked around. I was worried I was getting my first migraine.
By the time I got to class, my vision was much worse and I was really shaky. I was sitting in lecture and I couldn’t see. I couldn’t focus. I felt really weak.
Then, I had another thought. I was worried I had dropped my blood sugar really low. This morning at Crossfit, the WOD wasn’t insane or anything, but we did lots of really heavy squats. As in 90% of max for both front squats and back squats. I had cranberry bread before, and this after:
In my terrible state, I grabbed the sweet potato I packed for lunch and within a few bites, my vision started clearing and I felt less shaky. After finishing the sweet potato, I was able to function, pay attention, and participate although I still felt sort of off. I decided that it was probably due to lack of carbs post workout, and my blood sugar must have dropped really low.
But then as I was walking out of class, my hand went numb. And then my face went numb. And then it passed and I went to buy a muffin to nibble on.
And here we are a few hours later post-muffin+sweet potato + lunch and I feel 100% normal. So I’m not sure-was it a migraine (without a headache? Although I took Advil this morning) or was it poor post-workout fueling?
All I know is I don’t want to take my chances! Next time I’m going to keep a granola bar on hand, and refuel post-workout with plenty of carbs.