I just cant do it....

  • zakariahzol

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    Jun 28, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    I always run 10k or shorter distance . 10k is my maximun distance. After training and exercise , today I attempted 21k. I drop out at somewhere between 15k to 16k. I just cant do it. My feet was in pain, I start feeling dizzy, and I feel like vomitting. My spirit and mind keep telling me to push on, but my body was telling me this is enough.

    But I broke my physcological barrier of 10k. I gonna run 12k , this Sunday. I should do better. But I cant help feeling down and a little bit like a failure.

    For those runner who are beginner, when are you know you are ready for the next level. Let share.
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    Jun 28, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
    You answered your own dilemma - distances barriers are mostly psychological...but as you point out you overcame yours. The problem was that you likely attempted a distance too great - 21k - over the 10k your body was used to. If you'd aimed - mentally and physically - for say a 15k you'd have likely done it more easily than the struggle to 15k you describe.

    I finally ran a 4 mile race under 30 minutes yesterday. My plateau area is between the 3rd and 4th miles, so I've always had difficulty doing well in 4 mile races. I either need them to be shorter or longer. But yesterday I finally pushed myself to maintain that early speed throughout the race. Mind you, I wanted to basically sleep the remainder of the day...but dammit I did it!
  • gwuinsf

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    Jun 30, 2009 10:47 PM GMT
    Running longer distances really takes a toll on the body. The mental game is one thing but when you start to run long distances you need to properly nourish your body. Doubling your mileage in one session isn't a great idea.

    The dizzy and vomiting sounds to me like nutrition and/or dehydration. Try running with a water bottle. You can get the running belts where the water bottle straps in at the back. It's a little awkward at first but you get used to it. When you start to add on the miles you need to hydrate and also eat.

    With regards to your feet, if you've never done it, make sure to get a consult on whether you have the correct type of running shoes. I never knew I overpronated until someone actually watched me run. Once I got the right type of shoes, running was so much better. I also run with Super Feet and they make a huge difference. I also put them in my cycling shoes.

    For me, it's after the 8 mile mark where I need to start thinking about taking water and food with me on the run to make sure I can keep going. I suggest not giving up but listen to your body and do some reading online on how to properly train for long runs.
  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 01, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    TQ guys. It funny how the different between miles and kilometres kinda get in the way between our discussion. But we are all runner and I really appreciated your advise.

    No I dont intend to stop. I have come a long way from the days I can hardly run 3 km , and ended walking just to finish 5 km. Just like I mention, I have a 12k this coming Sunday. The Sunday after then another 10k and the week after that another 10k. I seem like I am running marathon every weekend and still cant get enough of it.

    I have see some runner bringing water bottle with them and some other even bring a candy bar . I always take a bottle of mineral water with me, but have never brought any food. But I always carbo loading the nite before marathon to ensure I have enough energy for the run. Dont you think carbo loading and a huge dinner before marathon help to stock on calories we need for running?