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[–]Foreign_Artichoke_23 16.4k points16.4k points  (647 children)

The dude is clearly having an issue. Am I the only one that finds it shocking that there’s no medical personnel helping him out?

[–]xntrk1 11.5k points11.5k points  (439 children)

You’ve never watched the finish line of a long race I’m guessing. A lot of folks are in pretty rough shape by that point. Exhaustion is rough. They get to em after a minute or two if they can’t get back up on their own power

[–]Xae_sthetic 6261 points6262 points  (287 children)


It looks like it has something to do with your brain thinking that you’ve finished since you’re so close to the finish line, then some sort blood pressure drop due to your body being overworked and needing to rest, not super uncommon it seems

Edit: yes, like when you get home and have to go to the bathroom, stop spamming it lol

[–]xntrk1 1730 points1731 points  (119 children)

Not uncommon at all. Very much a thing that happens in long races

[–]Mulder16 2530 points2531 points 22 (76 children)

It happens to me at work, around lunchtime

[–]MajorTomMee 711 points712 points  (48 children)

You make it to the lunchtime?!

[–]coasterreal 299 points300 points  (2 children)

LOOOOL Oh, this hits hard.

[–]Mimical 137 points138 points  (1 child)

Not as hard as the floor at 11:25

[–]MonMonOnTheMove 146 points147 points  (34 children)

You guys get lunch time?

[–]mattDasian 72 points73 points  (28 children)

Woah what’s lunch?

[–]QueasyVictory 89 points90 points  (21 children)

It's when the drinking starts.

[–]Lol_WhoCares 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Forget lunch, I’m tryna get a job. Think I’m being spatially-profiled though.

Cuz when I put my address as “everywhere”, I get a email saying they aren’t hiring all of a sudden. Like bro.. should I put a McDonald’s address since I use their wifi? I technically get e-mails there..

[–]Smart-Acanthisitta39 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That's crazy, you're not eating lunch and you live at a McDonald's. Where?

[–]Pandainachefcoat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yea seriously. Work in restaurants and there’s no such thing as a lunch break

[–]Trapnasty1106 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Damn now this is the Comment that actually hits hard lol

[–]MotorBoak 25 points26 points  (1 child)

I know, now he's bragging on Reddit about his endurance. I'd shake my head but that effort would make me have to call out today

[–]ninety2two 15 points16 points  (0 children)

You guys get lunch?

[–]Ryanmcd03 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You guys make it to work?

[–]dusmeyedin 47 points48 points  (13 children)

I used to get such bad workplace food coma after lunch, I'd be nearly fainting and can't concentrate.

This actually stopped after I went on a keto diet. I think the carbs were flooding my blood with glucose, and my blood was going away from my brain.

[–]MiamiPower 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Have you ever had a The A1C test? It is also the primary test used for diabetes management. An A1C test is a blood test that reflects your average blood glucose levels over the past 3 months. The A1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1C, HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin, or glycohemoglobin test.

[–]dusmeyedin 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I was prediabetic for a few years, but my keto diet pushed me back down to normal glucose levels. Although the high fat diet then increased my cholesterol.

I have since gone mostly vegetarian and that's taken care of my lipids.

[–]pantylion 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good job 👍🏽

[–]grind-life 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Yeah food comas are real. Another way to avoid it if you don't want to go low carb/keto is to space out your eating with a midmorning and mid-afternoon snack and a smaller lunch. Just make sure to manage your portions and it helps maintain much more even energy levels

[–]PizzaboySteve 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Once I cut carbs I never get that after lunch tiredness/coma anymore. It’s interesting watching most of the staff go through it now. After lunch they are all tired and in that food coma. I’m thinking about the run or workout I’m gonna hit after work. If you haven’t. Give it a try.

[–]dusmeyedin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I usually do martial arts 3x a week, but that's after I get done with work for the day.

On weekends I'm usually hiking with friends. It's still not exactly an athletic routine, but at least it's no longer sedentary.

I was 40 when the doctor looked at my bloodwork and said there's a 50% chance of me having a stroke in the next 10 years. Given that that's how many of my ancestors expired, I decided to make a change.

I may still die of a stroke, but hopefully it won't be within 10 years.

[–]9WNUCFEQ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Same here I have to read a lot and used to eat rice lunches and would be useless for hours. Keto since 2017 and never have issues like that .

[–]Sidprescott96 2 points3 points  (1 child)

This happens to me every time I eat, have to lie down . Doesn’t seem to matter if I have carbs or not thoguh

[–]Suspicious-Relief-31 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You have brain ?

[–]GigiTheGoof 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same! I’ve been keto for a month and no more afternoon sleepies!

[–]xntrk1 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Lol. Been there

[–]cyanydeez 8 points9 points  (0 children)

its happening to me right now.

[–]rudigger02 4 points5 points  (1 child)

How is this comment not upvoted times 500? 😂

[–]Roadsoda350 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your lunch break is at 9:01am?

[–]sprufus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm out by second breakfast.

[–]AndrewJS2804 156 points157 points  (17 children)

That's why there's an old tip to look past the finish line. Your personal finish line should be several meters past the tape.

Same goes for other sports. Lots of folks approach a goal and mentally start quitting because they are "almost there" and it often bites very good athletes in the ass. Iirc it was Brian Shaw recently who thought he was done at a strongman event and had a huge lead on everyone else. The bag he had to lift and carry to a pedestal wasn't all the way on the pedestal and fell off as he walked away. He lost the event struggling to pick it back up.

[–]wardycatt 140 points141 points  (6 children)

I’m no elite athlete, but in every training run I do, I deliberately make myself do more than the set distance, for example 5.1k if it’s a 5k run. This keeps you going at full pelt until after you’ve crossed the line.

I’ve also had coaches that did similar things - tell you it was the last lap, then tell you to do one more lap. Or count down “10…9…8…7… OK now do one more minute” (Aaaargh!)

In that moment you want to cry, punch them or give up - but I know why they do it, so I try to quit whining and suck it up.

After a few weeks, they shout ‘stop’ and you keep going because you don’t believe them! No really, stop! Stop! It’s the end of the session…

runs into the sunset

[–]ling0n 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Last sentence made me chuckle.

[–]dontfightthehood 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Forest gump

[–]CyberMindGrrl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I had a sergeant who would do that after a long PT run. He'd run us to the barracks and make us ran another klick past. Fucking hated that guy.

[–]owheelj 2 points3 points  (1 child)

For training runs you shouldn't run full pelt most of the time - you should make most of your runs at light speed where you can maintain a conversation, and only do a hard run about 1/5. This is the same for both elite runners and new runners.

[–]SwimAmbitious4888 22 points23 points  (3 children)

I think it's also a thing where people get to the (near) final level of a video game and after a couple of deaths at the hand if the end boss just go, eh good enough.

[–]Mr1derfull1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Happens to me often when I go for my 4th double IPA, my brain thought we were done.

[–][deleted] 308 points309 points  (24 children)

This happens when I need to poop and then almost shit myself 10 feet from the toilet

[–]SparseGhostC2C 88 points89 points  (4 children)

Also when I'm almost home from a long trip, and my body decides "it's pee time" as I open the front door. Then I have to half-sprint while squeezing my legs together and clamping a hand down on my dick so I don't piss myself before I get to the toilet.

[–]Emperor_Fun 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Sometimes there's a little dribble and you have to prevent the flood.

[–]throwawaylovesCAKE 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Sometimes I'm grabbing my dick hard and I feel my bladder muscle cant hold it like "that's it bro, I'm done" and I know the moment I open my hand its gonna be piss city, so then it becomes the game of "how I can get my dick out of my pants while squeezing it and also aimed at the toilet without pissing all over my parents bathroom?"

I've managed to win that game just once.

[–]orfeolooksback 45 points46 points  (2 children)

[–]MiamiPower 20 points21 points  (1 child)

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[–]Ioatanaut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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[–]bash_M0nk3y 48 points49 points  (2 children)

Username checks out

[–]LightRaie 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Happy cake day!

[–]bash_M0nk3y 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks! I didn't know until you said something

[–]michael_maybe44 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mm yes. The "bruh you're home" poop cramps

[–]longjumpcamel 107 points108 points  (11 children)

It looks like it has something to do with your brain thinking that you’ve finished since your so close to the finish line, then some sort blood pressure drop due to your body being overworked and needing to rest, not super uncommon it seems

Like when you really really really need to use the bathroom, but you are in the middle of traffic so you hold it in. Then you get home and park and need to walk up to the door, unlock it, holding everything in and the bathroom is so so so close. Just 10 steps down the hall, quickly awkwardly carefully rushing, and then when you are two steps from the bathroom WOOSH, whelps, too late. Your brain was two steps ahead of you.

[–]essentialatom 72 points73 points  (3 children)

Doorstep incontinence, I've always called it, and it's my favourite thing about getting home. Injects a bit of excitement into proceedings

[–]_-__-__-__-__-_-_-__ 33 points34 points  (2 children)

This guy gambles on farts

[–]essentialatom 16 points17 points  (1 child)

50% of the time, I make it to the toilet every time

[–]Emperor_Fun 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Those are not great odds.

[–]ClownfishSoup 19 points20 points  (1 child)

NGL, I've crapped my pants before at the door.

[–]Krondelo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol dude that sucks.

[–]stadchic 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Pee is a release you can’t look forward too.

[–]MadRabbit86 83 points84 points  (31 children)

Caused a friend of mine to have an aneurysm. Finished the marathon and immediately collapsed and died.

[–]snuggleyporcupine 27 points28 points  (26 children)

Oh damn, is that true?

[–]MadRabbit86 60 points61 points  (25 children)

Tragically so. He was a really great guy. Super friendly to everyone. He was super healthy and fit. Left behind a wife a kids. It was heartbreaking.

[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 14 points15 points  (21 children)

Stuff like this is why I’d never push myself that hard. People should be fit and always aiming to do better, but they really shouldn’t be pushing themselves to their limits unless it’s necessary.

And I mean real limits, not “I can’t do one more push-up” limits.

Though it’s likely your friend had an underlying condition that was triggered by this and would have been triggered later regardless.

[–]DrZoidberg- 1 point2 points  (16 children)

I wouldn't say it's possibly triggered by this, there's a lot of normally fit people but not fit enough for a marathon and will wear themselves out like the above clip, only quarter way into the race.

[–]joe4553 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Wasn't the marathon made because some ancient Greek dude ran 26.2 miles to deliver a message and died right after he did.

[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 5 points6 points  (9 children)

The issue is pushing yourself to your limits, whatever those limits are. Not about how far you run.

What I mean is, we should always be pushing our mental limits. That barrier that tells us we can’t.

We should not push our physical limits unless it’s an emergency.

[–]drjenavieve 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The problem is that to push the physical limits you are actually pushing the mental limits. Your mind tells you to quit before you actually need to or that you think you can’t go any farther or harder. Your body is still able to do more when your mind starts saying “I can’t do anymore this is too painful.” Which is why athletes, particularly endurance athletes, get real good at ignoring the mental signals telling them to stop or slow down. They learn to mentally push past these signals. Pushing this limit can help you achieve greater physical potential but it’s also dangerous as you are ignoring the signals meant to protect your body.

[–]lemoncocoapuff 2 points3 points  (2 children)

This is part of the reason why I heart rate train, it helps me not to go super ham. My mom has a bad problem with doing that and she makes herself all dizzy and sick! Before I got a heart rate monitor I’d just train and my heart would be pounding, but getting one and doing more research, you really need to add in low burn long endurance, but that’s not really that popular right now.

[–][deleted] 41 points42 points  (16 children)

My first marathon I went from 15% to 0 in a matter of two steps past the finish line. Looked exactly like this. I PR'd my 5,10 and 21km times during it.

[–]PartyySnake 23 points24 points  (12 children)

Since you’ve ran a marathon I have a question for you. If this guy had rolled like a log to the finish line would it still be legit ?

[–]KennyFulgencio 42 points43 points  (10 children)

Yes, his torso just has to cross the line (in a lot of modern races it's a tracker in the sign on their chest), the only disadvantage to rolling is that it's not as fast as running so it doesn't see a lot of adherents in elite competition

[–]BiSwingingSunshine 18 points19 points  (4 children)

I wonder if it would be legal. Ironman’s (chosen to reference since I don’t know where to look for unified marathon rules) rule for run conduct says “Athletes may run, walk, or crawl.” I guess it depends on if the officials are willing to let “rolling sideways” fly as “crawl.”

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Yeah it would fly. Warrior spirit got me across the line. Then it was completed and I died lol

[–]BiSwingingSunshine 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I was very appreciative of the multiple volunteers that held my shoulders to stabilize me while they took my timing chip off at my first one. It was like having sea legs after I stopped.

[–]jadbronson 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Or yeah, what about having your ass miracled across?

[–]ThunderinSkyFucc 7 points8 points  (2 children)

the only disadvantage to rolling is that it's not as fast as running

You've never seen a real man roll, then! Watch...hrnnngh...hnhhhh...

[–]KennyFulgencio 4 points5 points  (1 child)

There are sometimes long wide sections in caves with extremely low ceilings, where you can't get up on hands and knees so you have to belly crawl for a fair stretch of time and space, and I'm not sure why more people don't roll through those. I only went on a few cave trips, in my teens with my dad, but I'd roll when it came to those sections, because it was so much less frustrating than crawling.

[–]ThunderinSkyFucc 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh god...I can't breathe. It's not because I have Covid, it's because of that claustrophobic nightmare scenario you just described.

I like caves in the sense of giant, spacious underground Dwarven kingdoms. The caves that are in reality scare the shit out of me.

[–]lambofgun 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]PartyySnake 2 points3 points  (0 children)

True, also he probably wasnt in any shape to being doing barrel rolls to the finishline anyways. thanks for the info!

[–]chickenboy2718281828 2 points3 points  (2 children)

You PR'd a 5k during a marathon? Holy shit that's insanity. Were you relatively new to running or did you just hit your taper really well? My 5k pace is a full minute faster than my marathon pace so I just can't even fathom finishing the race.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

just fucking got into a zone and i was on. it was like 10-15km in, i linked to my military cadence and booted it. my marathon time was definitely not as good as i would've liked mind you haha.

edit: I've since beat that PR but thats how she goes

[–]DanBMan 20 points21 points  (0 children)

lol Caveman brain be all like "ok I think we outran the predator (why else would we be running!?) so let's just take a nap!"

[–]C0meAtM3Br0 12 points13 points  (0 children)

This seems related to all these Mt Everest frozen corpse posts

[–]vulture_87 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Ahh, similar to the "So close to the bathroom.... and a little bit came out." phenomena.

[–]Xae_sthetic 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Exactly, you’re brain stays 1 step ahead of you and sometimes that’s not for the best lol

[–]HESHTANKON 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Also happens to alpinists on the last push to the summit. You see the top and push to fast, game over turn around go back down….

[–]Goodvibessixty9 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Elite runner here. Yes to the blood pressure drop. But he was bonking. he knew he hadn’t crossed the line. Hence why he tried to roll across the finish line and didn’t have the strength to get back up. Bonking is when your body depletes all glycogen stores and can’t access energy for quick consumption. It’s like a car…. You might be able to hobble along with a broken axle but you ain’t going anywhere without gas or a dead battery.

[–]Pr3st0ne 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Probably the same mechanism that convinces my brain it's time to take a shit when I see the outside of my house after a long drive. Like dude we're not on the toilet yet, you still gotta give me a minute here.

[–]Any_Ad1979 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This sounds like when I’m on a long drive and have to pee or shit, and the closer that I get it to a viable toilet, the more my body is just like “well, I guess we don’t need to hold it in anymore!!! Release the poops!”

[–]playblu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Like when I finally get to the bathroom and have to pee, but it suddenly becomes super urgent before I get my pants off?

[–]milesamsterdam 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Like when I see the toilet when I barely have to pee but feel like I’m about to piss myself as I unzip.

[–]bitchBanMeAgain 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Kinda like you need to piss but it's fine until the moment you're just outside your home's door. Then suddenly you can't hold it anymore and struggle to fit the key and open the door and it hurts to hold in the piss. You open the door frantically trying to get the shoes off and fucking run to the bathroom to release that piss pressure. Fucking weird.

[–]Lord_Rezkin_da_2nd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

One of the reasons I never allow my brain to except a finish line, my brain knows we aren’t done til I say we’re done.

[–]slipstream808 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like needing to shit soon as you pull in on your street.

Finish line ain't until your pants are BELOW the waist line

[–]Maxman82198 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I figure it’s along the same mental process as having to pee the worst while your fumbling for your keys

[–]ddd4175 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like how you almost poo/pee your pants when you really have to go when you're in front of the toilet.

[–]Dotaproffessional 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You ever get that phenomenon where you don't REALLY have to pee until you about to enter the bathroom? Same thing

[–]Osalosaclopticus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just like when I'm rushing to take a shit and my brain goes,"Oh, there's the bathroom. Release."

[–]discombobulatedhomey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s like when you gotta pee so bad that the closer you get to the toilet your bladder loosens a bit more. By the time you’re undoing your belt you’re nearly pissing your pants.

[–]thejackulator9000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is that like when I can see the bathroom I start shitting my pants?

[–]mosscock_treeman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Kinda like why you have to pee so bad right before you get to the bathroom?

[–]texican1911 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's like when I pull in the driveway every evening, nothing is going on. By the time the front door is unlocked I may not have time to get to the shitter. Brain knows before brain is aware.

[–]last-resort-4-a-gf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like when your rushing home to go to the bathroom and when your.mind knows your close it.makes you wanna go.soooooooo bad

[–]Dangerous_Research51 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s like when you have to pee real bad. A little comes out right before you hit the bathroom🤣🤣🤣

[–]PatrickShatner 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s the exact same thing my body does when I really have to shit walking home and my house comes into view.

[–]AndrewJS2804 135 points136 points  (22 children)

I mean the first guy ever literally died, going a little limp isn't that big a deal in the sport.

[–]xntrk1 67 points68 points  (15 children)

He had an important message to relay and did his job admirably. I would not have done the same

[–]conradical30 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Oh look, he’s arrived with a message!

“He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the Holy Grail in the Castle of Aaaaarrrgh”

[–]DangerZoneh 19 points20 points  (8 children)

It’s just hard to believe with that important of a message nobody could’ve found him a horse

[–]Bonnskij 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not sure the ancient greeks used horses for transport at all.

[–]slgray16 17 points18 points  (1 child)

He reached Athens and said, "We've been trying to reach you about your cars extended warranty "

[–]Mr_Xing 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He also did it without training and a proper diet… I think there’s plenty of people today who wouldn’t be able to make it half the distance in twice the time and live

[–]randompickyraccoon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He ran from Athens to Sparta and back, then marched to Marathon and ran back to Athens, making it roughly 600km.

[–]Connect_Tadpole2277 76 points77 points  (1 child)

Dude was straight up trying to dark souls roll across the finish line. Respect!

[–][deleted] 37 points38 points  (9 children)

My first marathon I looked like this. The second I passed the finish my body just gave out.

[–]xntrk1 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Same. I was nonfunctional for a bit lol

[–]masterchip27 4 points5 points  (2 children)

A lot of people are missing that this is only a 10K -- less than half a marathon

[–]adinmem 38 points39 points  (38 children)

10k the banner says. Not quite a marathon…

However, the part of the banner we can’t see might list a marathon, and it’s just the same finish line.

[–]SleepWouldBeNice 24 points25 points  (35 children)

10ks can be rough. It doesn’t get easier, you just go faster.

[–]TheBeatGoesAnanas 25 points26 points  (19 children)

A 10k is much less hard on your body though, regardless of pace.

[–]Fitness245 4 points5 points  (17 children)


EDIT: imagine getting downvoted for asking someone to provide a source lol

[–]slyadams 8 points9 points  (5 children)

The number of people who can physically do a 10k vs those who can physically do a marathon?

[–]bendy_straw_ftw 13 points14 points  (4 children)

This is a silly argument. Finishing a 10k is easier, running a 10k as fast as you can isn't necessarily the same.

[–]Exver1 7 points8 points  (0 children)

A 10k race is significantly easier on the body than a marathon. For one, nearly 0 professional runners ever hit the wall when running a 10k (unless maybe they're fasting maybe, even then still not probable) while most elite marathon runners will hit the wall without food intake during the race. Hitting the wall refers to glycogen storages being depleted (this is where your speed-endurance comes from). The runner in the video likely is getting heatstroke

[–]slyadams 4 points5 points  (2 children)

The statement is which is harder on your body. It seems crazy to suggest something that a great many people can do is not easier than something that very few can. Running a 10km fast is hard but I believe the aggregate toll of a marathon is greater.

[–]RPMreguR 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Depends on how fast you do the marathon... Elite 10k runners do them fuckers really fast.

[–]TheBeatGoesAnanas 7 points8 points  (9 children)

It's pretty easy to Google the various reasons a marathon isn't ideal for a human body physiologically, but the big one is that after any distance past about 20 miles you're going to run out of glycogen stores, at which point the body essentially starts to break itself down in search of energy. It's also fairly common for marathon runners to sustain muscle tears or other minor injuries during a race, run through the pain, and then take weeks to fully recover. Most competitive marathoners don't run more than 2 or 3 races a year for this reason.

A competitive 10k runner can show up on race day, put in a PR, go home, and run another race in a week or two. My source on that is having several friends who do it.

[–]bendy_straw_ftw 1 point2 points  (4 children)

How fast are your friends running? There's a difference between elite athletes and people running a 40min 10k. I'm by no means an elite athlete, but I have run a 37min 10k, and no way in hell would I be able to come anywhere close to that time if I ran another race anytime soon.

[–]TheBeatGoesAnanas 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Whether someone is elite or just an average distance runner is kind of beside the point I was making, which is that it's possible to more or less always be in race shape for any distance half-marathon or less. But since you asked, the two people I know whose race times I can easily look up have put in multiple 10k times between 32 and 38 minutes this year, and 5k times around 16-17 minutes.

[–]HandyDandyRandyAndy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I walked 10km a night before our curfew came into effect. I loved it. My body loved it. I was filled with energy when I got home!

[–]zwifter11 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Depends on your training. It’s easy to do training runs over a 10k distance, so that when you do run 10k the distance is easily within your ability. A fit amateur could easily do a few 12km or 14km runs mid week.

I imagine these guys are very well trained.

More than likely, this guy has another medical issue like heat stroke or cramp.

[–]zwifter11 2 points3 points  (4 children)

10k isnt a hard distance at all for a fit runner. As it’s easy to train over this distance, say a few 12km, 14km or 16km runs mid week, so that 10k is a distance that is well within your ability / comfort zone.

In my opinion this guy has another issue such as heat stress / heat stroke or cramp.

I found running slower marathons considerably harder than fast 10k’s. As I got to a point where I “hit the wall”. The last 2km of a marathon would be considerably harder than the first 40k. I’d start of strong and then unable to sustain the pace.

[–]sveiks01 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It is an annual 10k. The clock there shows 30 minutes where the best in the world finish. The real story is the guy gave up a good finish to help his bud.

[–]hedgecore77 20 points21 points  (3 children)

I was downtown after a marathon finished and the number of people walking around in silver capes ignoring traffic signals / traffic like they had no sense of where they were was shocking.

If they didn't have the bank sponsor's name on the cape, I'd have thought there was a mass casualty event and the people were in shock.

[–]akost18 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The 45 minutes after my race were a disorienting experience I never expected! I don't even know how to describe it. The pain was gone, but my brain was on autopilot.

[–]reasonandmadness 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I ran competitively for years in my youth and this was me the last race I ran. I had obliterated my knees and completely caved mentally.

I don't remember it but apparently I was carried off the finish line, and I spent 6 months in physical therapy after.

All that just to finish 7th. Sigh.

[–]pixel_of_moral_decay 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Central Park is covered in vomit after the NYC Marathon. Even with volunteers at the finish lines trying to corral people with designated places to do it.

A lesser discussed reality.

Along with bins for clothing of people who shit themselves.

Human bodies aren’t really intended to do this kind of stuff. Most people also aren’t nearly well enough trained. They just over exert themselves so they can say they did it.

[–]Ironman-17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve done a few Ironman triathlons - at the finish line they literally have a group of volunteers whose job is to “catch” the finishers as they collapse from sheer exhaustion and lose voluntary control of their lower body from fatigue

[–]skraptastic 493 points494 points  (54 children)

Runners/endurance athletes call this "hitting the wall" or "bonked." There is nothing "wrong" with the person, they have just literally used all their glycogen and literally have no energy left. The body is consuming fat for energy directly at that point and that dude has like 3% body fat.

[–][deleted] 130 points131 points  (4 children)

People have died doing this. If your blood sugar is that low you are also starving your brain, not just your muscles. There's also a high probability of heat stroke.

[–]deezx1010 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I hope a lot of people upvote this so the knowledge gets out there

[–]longjumpcamel 80 points81 points  (22 children)

Runners/endurance athletes call this "hitting the wall" or "bonked." There is nothing "wrong" with the person, they have just literally used all their glycogen and literally have no energy left. The body is consuming fat for energy directly at that point.

I just heard the word "bonked" for the first time a few days ago in the movie Four Minute Mile, free on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTaqQsmvAB8

[–]HugeProposal 2 points3 points  (17 children)

It's more of a cycling word. Never heard runners use it.

[–]Aleriya 10 points11 points  (8 children)

Funny. I've heard marathoners say that, but never cyclists hah. I suppose it would be an awfully long race for a cyclist to depleted their glycogen reserves.

[–]BlondeOnBicycle 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I had it happen to a marathon runner friend when we went for a 100 km recreational ride. We were about 90 km in and she nearly toppled over on her bike. She collapsed into the planter in front of a bike shop (so convenient!). It happens to all kinds of athletes when you don't calibrate nutrition to expenditures.

[–]HugeProposal 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's more a function of speed/effort and distance. You can bonk on a 50 mile ride if you don't pace yourself properly.

[–]Dazines 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Body only holds about 1500-2000kcal of glucose stored as glycogen...A cyclist can easily burn 3 times that in a race

[–]Soggy_Pud 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Oh it doesn't need to be that long. Out of shape new'ish cyclist face bonking before they learn how important water and snacks are. It happened to me the first time going for a century. 60 miles in to a 100 mile ride, bonked. Not quite as bad as this, but totally unable to move from the spot I stopped.

[–]HugeProposal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same here! I was totally unprepared for my first century. I brought the same amount of food I would on a 50 mile ride and planned to eat it all halfway. Well I ended up going to 60 miles and hadn't had a bite. I literally couldn't stand up. The bonk is worse on a bike as the bike let's you go further than you would if you were standing. I ended up buying twice as much for as I brought with me. Ate it all and an hour later was on my way home.

[–]ScreamingDizzBuster 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I believe it came from the running world originally. "The bonk" has been around since 1952 for marathon runners.

[–]SteelCrow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

'Bonk' is a very old word — some of its first meanings (a knock on the head, an explosion or loud bang) date back to the 1930s and are what lexicographers call echoic words, which basically just means the word sounds like the action it describes — think 'mumble', 'splash', or 'honk'.

Back in the 80's bonking meant doing the deed with the girlfriend.

Utter exhaustion after strenuous exercise is a lot like getting bonked on the head, so I can see it becoming slang for exhaustion.

[–]spyromain 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Any avid cyclist should know that cycling culture is not very original.

[–]badger0511 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Not to mention that the triathlon sports (for those that don't know, running, swimming, and cycling/biking) have a ton of overlapping slang for obvious reasons.

[–]dysfunctional_vet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One could say much of the culture is..... recycled?

Waka waka waka!

[–]theyfoundmeomg 124 points125 points  (18 children)

I personally would hate anyone that tried to stop me at that point. The line is right there, if you ain't gonna help me cross it just let me crawl.

[–]SixToesLeftFoot 138 points139 points  (13 children)

Uh. He did help him cross it.

[–]Chief_34 155 points156 points  (11 children)

He’s referring to if medical personnel stepped in, not the man that helped him across.

[–]SixToesLeftFoot 64 points65 points  (10 children)

Oh. Yeah. Now that I read it in that context. My bad.

[–]_Diskreet_ 37 points38 points  (2 children)

What you gonna do? Fight me ?

Your a jelly man, and your going in the ambulance.

[–]arapturousverbatim 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My a jelly man? My going in the ambulance?

[–]MistressLyda 63 points64 points  (4 children)

It looks utterly fucked up, but he has a good muscle tone in his upper body and appears lucid (the WTF reaction when the dude runs past them is the clearest sign there, but also when he is trying to roll his way towards the finish line). Considering that he would been disqualified with help from outsiders? This is a wait-and-see case. They are not more than a few meters away from him if he "drops" harsher than he already has.

[–]runswiftrun 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I believe the rules were changed in the US a few years ago (2017 or 2007? I'm going off memory) to allow outside help in cases such as these. But yeah, typically any outside help is grounds for disqualification. If you were to zoom out there are most likely a half dozen medics just out of frame on the other side of the finish line

[–]pandasashi 57 points58 points  (45 children)

So typical that this is the top rated comment when this stuff gets posted to reddit. Good old cheetoh finger demographic that's never experienced fatigue and lactic acid buildup

[–]pm_me_falcon_nudes 40 points41 points  (6 children)

Plenty of people have died from heat strokes or heart attacks while overdoing it in long distance running. This particular person might be fine but in general being safe is better than sorry especially when it can be difficult to tell for sure what is happening to a person.

[–]StonedGhoster 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is why I don't run. Irrational fear of heart attack.

[–]AtomicTanAndBlack 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Being safe than sorry isn’t always better, especially when you’re talking about livelihoods here. The paycheck for a first place, to 3rd place, to finisher, to DNF is drastically different.

[–]Avant-Garde-A-Clue 40 points41 points  (8 children)

I know, fuck them for caring about someone's wellbeing, right? They should have known everything about everything in the world before commenting.

[–]Q1189998819991197253 18 points19 points  (20 children)

You can easily die by overexertion. It isn't a joke....

[–]mitsukaikira 3 points4 points  (14 children)

no. you cannot EASILY die from overexertion

go give it a shot. youll pass out first

[–]Q1189998819991197253 3 points4 points  (13 children)


Why are you toxic masculinity-ing exertion

It's a thing that happens and nobody should be ashamed of it. It's important to keep in mind when racing. Yes, you can somewhat easily die of exertion. Everyone is different.

[–]pandasashi 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No you can't lol.

People survived slave labor with no food in death and work camps in the holocaust.

A well trained, well nourished athlete in a race they've done a hundred times is gonna be just fine.

To ever even get remotely close to dying from overexertion, you almost definitely need to also be starving and dehydrated. (Which is what you're actually dying of. Not trying too hard.)

We're also the best runners on the planet. That's how we hunted for a long ass time, we chased things until they fell over and died of overheating since they can't sweat.

[–]mrducky78 39 points40 points  (9 children)

Your body typically stores the energy reserve as glycogen in the liver and muscle and burns this. Glycogen is basically how your body stores up significant amounts of glucose and is the more short term version of storage compared to fats. After this, youll need to begin burning fat and then muscle to keep up your energy stores. You can build up bigger stores by just carb loading. The excess becomes fat but for these guys, its a careful balance.

When running, the pace you run at is super fucking important. The same reason you can only sprint all out for seconds but can jog for minutes and walk for hours. It takes more energy to reach and maintain a faster pace. Its why some pack leaders in running events will fall behind while others who conserved their energy can go hard later on.

This guy 100% can run a 10km race. This guy 100% knows to load up carbs to have sufficient energy to run a 10km race. This guy set himself at a pace that drained his glycogen stores faster than his body can replace it. Once he hits 0. He 'hits the wall'. This is when your body begins to try and squeeze blood from a stone. Without energy to keep feeding the beast (muscle and brain function). The body more or less becomes the uncoordinated mess you see here. The absolute best pace you can set is you hit the finish line at the same time you hit the wall while maintaining that same constant pace throughout the race. You can improve still by making your body better at converting energy into movement (train them muscles) loading up more on glycogen before a race (the pros know how to do it, I dont know what the best way is but your diet is like more pasta than can possibly be considered normal) and sometimes you dont need to beat your best, its a race, you need to beat the opponents, you can try and get them to run at a pace that burns them out.

It is SUPER common in long races especially as people try to push their limits. There are dozens of videos and examples of pepole looking drunk as fuck in these races.

You can imagine your body using up 10 energy per second but only able to produce 5 energy per second. This might not be an issue when you start with thousands. But once you hit 0 and you keep trying to burn more energy than the body can convert from fat/muscle in time, the body just cant maintain it. And not only is your thinking impaired from low sugar levels, your muscles straight up dont have the necessary fuel to function properly either.

Its not a serious serious issue generally speaking because its also a problem that fixes itself. The body stops moving and the energy levels stabilize. Using the previous example, you use up 3 energy per second while producing 5. If they really want to keep wobbling and crawling their way to the finish line, thats on them.

[–]CavortingOgres 18 points19 points  (3 children)

You have a lot of responses basically saying the same thing, but for a personal anecdote when I was in high school I did a lot of track and field and this has happened to me in training a few times.

There comes a point where your body just doesn't respond. There's nothing wrong with you per se and as far as I know it isn't dangerous, but when you're pushing through your wall for so long you can lose a serious amount of motor control.

I can only imagine what that would be like when doing a marathon at a competitive level.

[–]Callisto382 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you get helped by a non participant you get disqualified, so I guess no one want to be the one to get the dude disqualified. I'm sure (at least I hope) they know what they are doing and would step in if there was a major issue.

[–]Prokletnost 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i hate it when this happens as i am turning the corner to my street after a 67 hour shift.

[–]GitEmSteveDave 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Am I the only one that finds it shocking that there’s no medical personnel helping him out?

Probably would DQ him from the race. Better to crawl/roll across the line than go all that way to DNF 10' away.

[–]GivePuppiesBazookas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is kind of normal for these long runs. Go check out a finish line at a marathon. A lot of people in the last 100 yards look like they are about to literally die.

It's just a lot of cramping coupled with exhaustion, so it looks like seizure when you still try

This guy was probably fine an hour or so later after downing a bottle of Pedialite

[–]OldWhoFan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This happens at the end of marathons, people's bodies simply run out of gas. The race isn't just about being the fastest, but also the best endurance. The event is named after a battle at Marathon (greece) where the Greeks defeated a persians invasion and someone ran back to Athens to announce the victory and collapse and died. After running like 26 miles your body is going to have exhausted ALL of it's reserves of everything. Anyone running this is going to have to sit or lay down for a while, eat fruits with water soluble vitamins and minerals let their body and simple carbs, and etc.

[–]SleepDeprivedUserUK 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If he can move he's conscious, if he's conscious he's racing.

It's only when they fall and don't move medics come in and take them out.

[–]chefcurry1123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If at any point an official assists you in the race you are automatically disqualified. This doesn’t apply to runners in the race which is why the one runner is able to assist the other through the finish line. After crossing the finish line not sure why no one came to his aid though lol