Lupe & Brian should have said no. They knew it would be hot but agreed to go and they paid the price.
Lupe & Brian: [00:00:00] Welcome to another episode of Sjogren’s Strong.
[00:00:03] This is Brian.
[00:00:04] And this is Lupe.
[00:00:05] And this is your podcast discussing how to live an active and healthy lifestyle, despite a diagnosis of Sjogren’s.
[00:00:11] And before we get started, some of you might have noticed that we didn’t have an episode last week.
[00:00:19] Sorry about that.
[00:00:20] Well, for all of you with Sjogren’s or supporting somebody with Sjogren’s you’ll understand, as we dive into it.
[00:00:27] Yeah, we, um, I think I overdid it that week, the weekend before.
[00:00:32] I know she overdid it, that week.
[00:00:34] Honestly, the podcast kind of slipped my mind and I think I was recuperating.
[00:00:40] She was sleeping.
[00:00:43] If we’re being honest. Right?
[00:00:45] So, we were invited to go on a hike with the new crew and thank you Ruben.
[00:00:49] What up Ruben.
[00:00:51] Appreciate you inviting us along. And, uh, the intent was to do 12, we ended up doing 6. So, at the three mile walk in, it was decided to turn around and call it a day.
[00:01:05] It was so hot that day. Normally when we do that trail, we start like at5 – 5:30, but we started at 6:30, which is still early. But the sun just came out and it was beating down on us.
[00:01:18] Yeah. So, the first two miles was pretty cool. You know, we were intermittent sun and it was still kind of cool out the sun hadn’t started warming yet. Um, but that last mile was pretty hot.
[00:01:29] It really was, but I mean, we only did three in, right. But it was a really cool hike. We got to see and do some really cool stuff. Like we got to see a bunch of caves.
[00:01:41] Yes, we saw Dripping Cave.
[00:01:43] And we saw a lot of little baby froggies.
[00:01:46] We did, there was this little creek. And there was this lush green plant. And as we got closer to look at it, cause not a lot was green, we noticed hundreds of little baby frogs on the leaves.
[00:02:02] And one of the ladies said that that plant is edible.
[00:02:07] And she harvested a little bit. And I rinsed some off with my water that I was carrying and chomped on it and Oh my goodness.
[00:02:19] It was really good. It has it like a little kick to it, a little spice.
[00:02:21] And what’s it called?
[00:02:23] It’s called Planta de Sapo. The literal translation is frog plant because there’s a bunch of frogs on it.
[00:02:33] And rightfully so. Cause they were hundreds of little frogs. We got a few pics, it was cool.
[00:02:37] But it’s not a Lily pad, so don’t confuse it with the Lilypad, but, um, geez, I can’t think of the name right now. Something about chestnuts or something.
[00:02:45] Water Chestnut or, yeah.
[00:02:47] I don’t remember.
[00:02:48] It was tasty though.
[00:02:50] Maybe we got to climb on some rocks we’d never climb out before. And at the top we discovered this little arch, which was kind of cool.
[00:02:55] Yeah! All in all, it was a really good hike. It was fun except it was too hot on the way back. And I felt myself slowing down and I kind of was having a hard time breathing. I mean, it was just hard.
[00:03:10] It was hard.
[00:03:11] The three miles out there’s about a, I don’t know, miles stretch where we’re, you know, in some intermittent sun, under some foliage and trees and all of that. But I don’t think we took a single break on the way in, on the way out, we probably took three, four breaks.
[00:03:27] But you know what, even on the way in, it was still hot, but on the way out, man, it was so miserable.
[00:03:35] It was brutal.
[00:03:35] And somebody had to get airlifted.
[00:03:38] Yeah. You know, and that’s one of the signs, when you’re hiking in and a little deeper in, you know, the rescue helicopters are coming and the emergency vehicles are whizzing by you on the trail, probably not a good day to be out in the sun.
[00:03:53] Yeah. It was hot, but glad we got out, it was fun.
[00:03:57] I mean, the moral of this story is Lupe has been crushing miles. And she’s been feeling really, really good. And we both wanted to get out. And I think part of this has to do with, we’ve been inside for months now with this quarantine,
[00:04:14] We’ve been inside a long time. Everybody has.
[00:04:17] Yeah. We’re not living life like we used to, and we were feeling good and we’re like, let’s just go bang out some miles. This’ll be fun. We can get in the dirt. And, you know, I think if we were thinking. I think if we were thinking, we would have looked at the weather and said, you know, probably not the day and made that decision. Because we knew it was going to get hot.
[00:04:40] And with Sjogren’s and heat and exercise in that heat, we know it’s not a good thing. We know we should not be doing it when it’s that hot. Now we’re in Southern California. We’re experiencing a heat wave. This is week two of it.
[00:04:56] And it’s a lot of fires.
[00:04:58] And it’s been brutal. And yeah. All the fires. I mean, it’s just crazy. COVID and just, you know, it just, the world’s not right.
[00:05:06] 2020 has not been a good year for anybody. It hasn’t been a good year period.
[00:05:11] Yeah. We should have made the decision not to go, but we decided to, and we paid for it . And both of us came home and drank water and Gatorade. And pretty much knocked out. The sun took it from us that day.
[00:05:27] And Brian, I don’t know how long it takes you to recoup from something like that, but it takes me a week.
[00:05:33] It took you a week.
[00:05:36] It took me a long time.
[00:05:37] And that’s one of the reasons we miss the episode. You didn’t walk as much as you did last week or the week before.
[00:05:43] And you know what? I’ve been crushing miles in the morning before I clock in for work, I’ve been crushing about four to five miles and last week it was really hot and humid, and the heat just beats down on you. And I think I did maybe two miles in the morning. I mean, that’s a really.
[00:06:06] That’s a pretty dramatic drop.
[00:06:07] Yeah. Yeah. It really is.
[00:06:09] But that’s your body saying, Hey, it’s hot. We’re not doing this.
[00:06:14] And that’s what we should have said on that weekend hike.
[00:06:18] But we didn’t, and I paid for it. You know, it takes me a week to recoup. Brian right away he bounces back, but me, it takes me longer. But, um, last week, and this week I’ve been taking it a little bit slow and I’m feeling good, finally.
[00:06:34] Which is, um, the reason we did not have an episode last week and we apologize for that. And you know, we do our best not to miss a week and yeah, it just, it was a brutal week.
[00:06:49] But we’re back.
[00:06:50] We are back. And we’re going to hike this weekend.
[00:06:53] Um, maybe not.
[00:06:57] You know, maybe we’ll go, are the malls open? Are they opening the doors so we can do laps in the air conditioning?
[00:07:04] No. The malls, at least here, they’re not open. Only if they have outward facing doors. And that’s only like three or four at this local mall.
[00:07:11] Yeah. So, we can’t even get into a mall to walk in the AC.
[00:07:14] No. And even at the park, um, even if you’re walking under trees, it’s still hot.
[00:07:20] Yeah, it is. You know, the point of this episode is, even though you’re feeling awesome and you have all the energy in the world, we really need to factor in environmental conditions.
[00:07:36] You know, not everybody’s, Sjogren’s manifest the same way. Some of you probably could have crushed it, on that hike. And some of you were probably smarter than us and said yeah not today.
[00:07:49] Not us though. We got out. But you know what? We should have known better because we’ve been there before.
[00:07:55] Yeah, we should have, but we got to see some cool frogs. We got to do some cool stuff. We made the most of the time we were out in the wild.
[00:08:02] And we were hiking with pee wee’s, little kids and they always make it fun.
[00:08:05] The little scrubbies they’re so fun to mess with.
[00:08:08] Yeah. Yeah. They really are.
[00:08:09] It was a good time.
[00:08:11] But they got to see owl pellets for the first time. I mean, they got to experience quite a bit, tons of rabbits around. That’s about all we saw. I didn’t even see a lizard.
[00:08:20] Yeah, there were lizards. No, deer this time.
[00:08:22] Yeah, no deer, no cats, no coyote, but we saw frogs.
[00:08:26] That was cool.
[00:08:28] We’re never seen frogs like that before.
[00:08:31] So speaking of walking, we have the Sjogren’s Walk coming up.
[00:08:35] It’s coming up pretty soon in October.
[00:08:37] And we’re going to start posting about it. We’d love for you guys to join us. We will be walking outside. Now the walk at the park with the foundation has been canceled and we’re doing a virtual. walk. So if you join and donate a 40 bucks, you will get it, the tee shirt and all of that stuff in the mail, well before the event, if you donate by September 9th, I believe it is.
[00:09:04] So you can, you know, take that selfish rocking the Sjogren’s Walks T shirt, and then there’s going to be opening ceremonies via zoom, and then you’re going to go walk your neighborhood, um, you know, and do the best that you can. We’re going to kick it up a notch.
[00:09:21] We are going to start at the beach in Huntington Beach, at the pier, in the morning. And then after that, we are going to go to Carbon Canyon Regional Park and Brea, and we’re going to walk through the redwoods.
[00:09:34] The beach, we might do a mile or two. Um, and it’ll be, you know, in the sand, down by the water where it’s nice and compact. though. Probably get your toesies a little wet. But, yeah, we’re not going to do too much there because we do want to get back and enjoy the redwoods in Carbon Canyon.
[00:09:49] And hopefully it’s not too hot. And several people have reached out and they’re interested in walking. So, we will post about times and locations and stuff like that.
[00:09:58] All that stuff.
[00:09:59] Pretty soon.
[00:10:00] In Facebook, in the Facebook group and Instagram and Twitter.
[00:10:07] So we’ll get that information out to you, but if you want to, uh, join us, you know, stay tuned for that information and, or reach out. We’ve already had a couple, uh, people reach out and they want to walk with us, which will be fun. And you don’t have to do both. Um, you can skip the morning if it’s too early for you and just do the afternoon hike. Or if you feel the afternoon is going to be a little warm, rock the morning with us. Huntington beach in the AM is a beautiful place.
[00:10:34] You’d never know what the weather’s going to be like.
[00:10:36] Yeah. And we’re going to walk from the pier heading South at the surf line. That way on the way back, the sun should be shining off that pier beautifully for those cool HB picks.
[00:10:50] That’s right. And we’re excited to meet people.
[00:10:53] Yeah, definitely. Definitely. And then Carbon Canyon, that’s only about a two-mile hike, a mile back a mile out. Um, it is on a dirt trail. It’s pretty, even the trail’s in pretty good shape.
[00:11:06] Yeah. It’s flat. There’s no Hills. There’s nothing like that.
[00:11:09] Yeah. So, it’s a nice, easy walk back. And then once you get into those redwoods.
[00:11:14] Temperature drops about 30 degrees.
[00:11:16] It gets nice and cool, to the point. you put on a vest? Well, probably not this time around, but we have.
[00:11:23] But you know, we’d have taking snacks, maybe a book it’s just cool under there.
[00:11:28] Yeah, I we’ll kick back and hang out under the red woods and chill for a little while and talk and get to know each other better.
[00:11:34] And, um, then walk out. And we’re going to walk out the same way we walked in. We won’t do the dam. It’ll just be in and out, keeping it nice and easy. But, you know, we’ll be streaming on Facebook live and Instagram stories and all that stuff, supporting the foundation. If you’re interested in this there’s links in the show notes below, we would love for you to join us in helping the foundation raise money so they can help all of us.
[00:11:59] And if you can’t join us, cast us on your TV from your phone.
[00:12:03] Yeah, you can join us virtually from the comfort of your home.
[00:12:09] That’ll be fun. Until next time, sip constantly and stay hydrated.
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