This morning my husband and I decided to get up early and run.
Some background info: We ran last night also. Then I ate shrimp pasta dish with water for dinner (and resisted alcohol) and I slept well. I was tired this morning. I ate a banana and half a cup of coffee and drank water on the way to the trail. I also carried water with me. The temp was only 78 but the humidity was 97%!!! We were sweating from the get-go. We went to the trails where I had my worst race ever due to heat, so I have decided this place is cursed.
At mile 2, I suddenly had a symptom I’ve never experienced. I saw a huge bright ball of light in the center of my vision – like what you see after staring into the sun. Except I hadn’t stared into the sun. The sun was still low and behind the trees. I tried to blink it away. But I saw it when I closed my eyes too. The shape of it was strange too. It wasn’t a complete circle – it had a clearing in the center and bottom. I described the shape to my husband as “a doll’s hair” without the face. I had to stop.
Is this dehydration? Fatigue? Low blood sugar? My husband said he’s experienced this only once – when he was on a 24-hour bike ride and it was the middle of the night and he was fatigued.
I did not want to pass out, so I walked the rest of the way and the doll-hair-orb faded away. What could it be?