During the final sprint I start "boking"

  • suedeheadscot

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    Apr 07, 2011 7:39 AM GMT
    Hi all,

    I run twice a week and do some half-marathon training. During the final sprint I always start making a sick noise and it does feel like I'm going to be sick - yet I do feel like I can run on. I am always careful not to go running on a full stomach and its got worse as time goes on. Its also very embarrasing (in my last half marathon people were actually getting out of the way during the final run as they thought I was going to hurl!!!!).

    Its not like i'm pushing myself too much as I still feel I can run.

    Does this happen to anyone else and is there any way I can stop it apart from stop sprinting for the last 400 yards?
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    Apr 07, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    I know I let out some grunts when I run, but I don't think I have made noises like that.

    BTW to answer your profile question: Don' clip, keep it shaggy like I do!
  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 07, 2011 3:21 PM GMT
    This is probably learning about how you need to eat for exercise. Some like to a eat before, some a lot afterwards, but snacking during the race is probably best. Take a gel pack or drink with you.
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    Apr 07, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    I agree with Zox on the hair, you look good with it. As for the OP, I'm wondering if it's just the lack of air from running that makes the gagging sound like you're going to hurl. Perhaps your upright posture or being more conscientious about breathing through your 'lungs and not your stomach' might help.

    I've never had this experience but don't do marathons or even halves. At my age getting out of bed in the morning is a marathon but I still don't feel like I'm going to hurl, well unless it's been a rough night before
  • Ironman4U

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    Apr 07, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    I run marathons and so I have lots of experience with racing. I always sprint as hard as I can at the end (with whatever I have left) and haven't had an experience like yours. My only suggestion is something I do...when I'm doing training runs, I sprint the end of my runs like I'm in a race. That physically and mentally prepares me for doing the same on race day. So perhaps, you could adjust over time with more practice.

    Do you do speed workouts with your training? If so, do you have the problem then or not? If you don't do speed work now, it would be good to incorporate once a week into your training regimen. That could help your body adjust as well.

    Good luck.
  • trl_

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    Apr 08, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    what is boking
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    Apr 08, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    suedeheadscot saidit does feel like I'm going to be sick...
    Its not like i'm pushing myself too much as I still feel I can run.


    It sounds like you are pushing yourself too hard, because you shouldn't feel the urge to regurgitate.

    What is your training schedule like? How far are you two weekly runs? How far are your "long runs"?

    Addendum: There could be a medical reason as well. Do you by chance have acid reflux?
  • suedeheadscot

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    Apr 08, 2011 8:32 AM GMT
    Thanks guys for the tips (and also about the body hair!)

    In answer to everyone's questions, I start off slow then slowly build up, and then with the last 400 yards I bomb it. The boking (making sick noises!) gets worse as time goes on.

    I wonder if I'm having a pre-run snack too late and should have it earlier - I'm just a bit worried about running on a completely empty stomach. I normally have something like a cheese roll about 2 hours before I run (as I run in the evening).

    I will try the gel and the breathing exercises.

    At the moment, I'm doing two runs of 7 miles a week (its not quite my half marathon season yet and it will go up). I've been running for 2 years (no, not continuously!)

    Thanks for your help,
    Ewan
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    Apr 08, 2011 9:54 AM GMT
    Former runner here, and never had the problem.

    I am also thinking it is eating habit related. Talk to your doctor about possible medical problems first though.

    Good luck and KEEP the hair.

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    Apr 12, 2011 5:43 AM GMT
    A cheese bar? That's probably your problem right there and I'm not saying that sarcastically. If I eat anything with cheese, peanutbutter or any other kind of food that sticks to my inards less than 3 hours before I run I'll feel it. You may want to try something that goes quicker digesting and provides you with simple carbs with a small ratio of quicker digesting protein.

  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 15, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    fizzle saidwhat is boking


    He means 'bonking'

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitting_the_wall