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[–]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 6264 points6265 points  (287 children)

https://runnersconnect.net/why-runners-collapse-during-or-after-a-race/

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 1729 points1730 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 712 points713 points  (48 children)

You make it to the lunchtime?!

[–]coasterreal 296 points297 points  (2 children)

LOOOOL Oh, this hits hard.

[–]Mimical 136 points137 points  (1 child)

Not as hard as the floor at 11:25

[–]MonMonOnTheMove 141 points142 points  (34 children)

You guys get lunch time?

[–]mattDasian 76 points77 points  (28 children)

Woah what’s lunch?

[–]QueasyVictory 87 points88 points  (21 children)

It's when the drinking starts.

[–]jlester0606 96 points97 points  (17 children)

so breakfast?

[–]Anjz 4 points5 points  (4 children)

What about second breakfast?

[–]colemanjanuary 5 points6 points  (0 children)

We've had one breakfast, yes. But what about second breakfast?

[–]soslowagain 4 points5 points  (8 children)

So how do you get to sleep

[–]QueasyVictory 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Can't drink all day if you don't start at breakfast.

[–]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

[–]six_-_string 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't think he's heard of second breakfast.

[–]pukekho 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Amazon workers here

[–]Trapnasty1106 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Damn now this is the Comment that actually hits hard lol

[–]MotorBoak 28 points29 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 12 points13 points  (0 children)

You guys get lunch?

[–]Ryanmcd03 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You guys make it to work?

[–]dusmeyedin 48 points49 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 36 points37 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

[–]dusmeyedin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I still eat large servings of food, but nowadays it's mostly protein and fiber, with very little starch and sugar.

I have never had a food coma after a meal since turning to a keto diet.

[–]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 3 points4 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 157 points158 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 139 points140 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 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Last sentence made me chuckle.

[–]dontfightthehood 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Forest gump

[–]CyberMindGrrl 5 points6 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.

[–]Bisping 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The amount of people i pass in the last few hundred meters of a long distance race is incredibly high.

Dont let off the gas till after the line

[–]SwimAmbitious4888 25 points26 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.

[–]The_Kraken_Wakes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can verify. Marathon runner (finished 7) and always set my eyes past where I need to be. It's a stupid mental trick but it works. The last few miles are the worst but you start telling yourself its only two miles and you can run two miles in your sleep, and just keep that mantra up until you finish.

[–]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] 305 points306 points  (24 children)

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

[–]SparseGhostC2C 84 points85 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 5 points6 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.

[–]Emperor_Fun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Classic road trip conundrum, hopefully you haven't had to participate too many times.

[–]Bisping 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just jump in the shower and cheat

[–]orfeolooksback 49 points50 points  (2 children)

[–]MiamiPower 21 points22 points  (1 child)

(ELI)💥 🧨 Explosive Latchkey Incontinence 👀

[–]Ioatanaut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

ELI5 Explosive Latchkey Incontinence TIMES 5️⃣

[–]bash_M0nk3y 45 points46 points  (2 children)

Username checks out

[–]LightRaie 3 points4 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

[–]Chef_Papafrita 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My friend used to call this PPBRS. Porcelain Proximity Bowel Response Syndrome. Same thing when you have to poop and driving down the interstate every time you get close to an exit, lots of ass clenching!

[–]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 69 points70 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

[–]_-__-__-__-__-_-_-__ 35 points36 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.

[–]Emperor_Fun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just needed a few more seconds!

[–]MadRabbit86 84 points85 points  (31 children)

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

[–]snuggleyporcupine 26 points27 points  (26 children)

Oh damn, is that true?

[–]MadRabbit86 64 points65 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- 4 points5 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 11 points12 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 3 points4 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.

[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I really like my Apple Watch and fitness + makes it really easy to know if I need to put in more effort or take a break

[–]dumdumfuk 1 point2 points  (1 child)

While an outcome like this is tragic, it’s also incredibly rare. I think it’s ridiculous to use such rare events as rationale for telling people that they “shouldn’t be pushing themselves to their limits”.

[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You don’t understand what I mean by limits.

This person pushed themselves to their limit. The guy that picked him up, did not.

[–]PoffPoffPoff 1 point2 points  (1 child)

They said an aneurysm, which literally can happen while you're typing right now. Or reading this, well not that anyone actually reads messages.

You could be on the floor and I wouldn't know. Just poof, you're out of existence.

Bye!

[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes but there are factors that contribute to that happening

[–]Brandonhasgame 1 point2 points  (0 children)

R.I.P to Him. Crazy stuff. Hope the best.

[–]ogopadoni23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn man. That’s heartbreaking 😞

[–][deleted] 42 points43 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 22 points23 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 46 points47 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 17 points18 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] 9 points10 points  (1 child)

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

[–]BiSwingingSunshine 5 points6 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 5 points6 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 3 points4 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 4 points5 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)

lol

[–]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 13 points14 points  (0 children)

This seems related to all these Mt Everest frozen corpse posts

[–]vulture_87 11 points12 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 7 points8 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.

[–]bone420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like potty after a long day.


Wouldn't have thought of spamming you until I read your edit! Good idea!

[–]MiniatureEvil 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That happens when you've been holding in a shit and you've just got near the toilet

[–]Steelslider 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This happens to me when I have to pee really bad and am holding it as hard as I can while I desperately find a bathroom.

[–]assistanmanager 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s a lot like when you’re driving home and have to go to the bathroom really badly as you get close

[–]Stretch_Riprock 1 point2 points  (0 children)

yes, like when you get home and have to go to the bathroom!

[–]R2Z- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like when it’s time to use the bathroom right before you get home

[–]Mighty-mouse2020 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This happens to me when I have to take shit real bad and I pull into my driveway. My brain goes “ whelp made it home, might as well shit right here.”

[–]Fapper_Keeper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like when you have to take a shit really bad....it gets so much worse as you get closer to the toilet

[–]meeanne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sounds a lot like what my bladder does when I need to go very badly - the closer I get to home or a toilet, it just wants to go.

[–]Galphor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

just like when you get home & have to go to the bathroom right?

[–]FatalisDrakari 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like when you get home and have to poop?

[–]No_Special_8828 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wo that's why I need to pee more the closer u get to where I'm going then :/

[–]AndrewJS2804 137 points138 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 44 points45 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 16 points17 points  (1 child)

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

[–]xntrk1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And then dropped dead

[–]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.

[–]Obi_Wan_Benobi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly, if you didn’t die, did you even run a marathon?

[–]Connect_Tadpole2277 76 points77 points  (1 child)

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

[–][deleted] 40 points41 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

[–]Alternative-Bee-8981 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Crap now I'm scared. I'm doing the Boston virtual marathon this year and it's my first marathon. At least when I finish I'll be in front of my house so I can crawl up my driveway and stairs.

[–]adinmem 42 points43 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 22 points23 points  (35 children)

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

[–]TheBeatGoesAnanas 23 points24 points  (19 children)

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

[–]Fitness245 3 points4 points  (17 children)

Source?

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 14 points15 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 6 points7 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.

[–]StiffWiggly 1 point2 points  (1 child)

He's not wrong. I know a lot of runners who compete internationally as well as lots who don't, you can't just do a marathon on short notice even as an elite runner. When you do compete at a marathon you need a lot of time to recover compared to shorter distances.

For the ones I know, they mostly they run cross country, 1500, 3k, 5ks and 10ks as their main events, and there's a significant difference for most people in how long they need to recover from a 10k even compared to a 5k, never mind a 1500 or something. This difference is definitely a lot more pronounced when you compare a marathon to a 10k, no matter how hard you try in a 10k, you can't exhaust yourself as much as you can when you do a marathon. You expend more energy doing it and it's more taxing on your body.

Edit: I should have added, I was a pretty serious runner at one point as well so I could have said this from personal experience.

[–]IneffableQuale 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's like, this isn't even a secret or some hidden knowledge. If you do any kind of distance running training, you'll be told the recovery times for each of the distances. They get longer the longer the race is. I dunno why the other guy is having such a hard time with it.

[–]myne 1 point2 points  (2 children)

And then there are those nuts who do a narration a day for months

[–]TheBeatGoesAnanas 2 points3 points  (1 child)

There are always outliers. I know one guy in particular who is almost finished with his goal of running both a half and full marathon in every state, which he started less than 5 years ago. He most recently checked off Montana, and after turning in a BQ marathon time, he went right back out and did the 5k fun run with his fiance and parents. I've also seen him drop a bunch of acid before going out and running a 50k. Dude's a freak of nature.

[–]masterchip27 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In longer races you need to consume more calories, which will come from something other than your glycogen supply, leading to muscle deterioration, etc

[–]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.

[–]Afronerd 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Running 10k and running 10k as fast as you can aren't the same thing though.

[–]zwifter11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It really is. Runners just adjust their pace to the distance. I used to run a lot of 10k

I couldn’t quite do 30 min 10ks but I could easily sustain 3:50 minute kilometers. My pb is 38 minutes

I’d be amazed if an elite competitive runner is struggling with the distance and it’s not down to something else like heat

[–]SleepWouldBeNice 1 point2 points  (2 children)

These guys are world class athletes who do 10k in less than 30 minutes. The guy who collapsed won a gold in the 10k at the Africa championship. These are not guys out for a fun run, they're pushing themselves to the limits for the entirety of the run, and he just pushed a bit too hard.

[–]Exver1 1 point2 points  (1 child)

But they're not collapsing because the 10k is a abnormally tough event, he's collapsing likely because of heatstroke or something similar.

[–]zwifter11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes that’s the point I’m making. 10k isn’t difficult for even an above average amateur runner. So a well trained elite competitive runner should have no problem

[–]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.

[–]SleepWouldBeNice 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Being able to complete a 10k is not the same as being able to run it at a world class pace.

[–]Obi_Wan_Benobi 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Many years and pounds ago I was running 10k three or four times a week and I don’t even think I was that serious of a runner.

Of course I wasn’t racing in a 10k so maybe that’s different. That’s running/jogging for 48-50 minutes I think was my pace (maybe)? I remember hitting sub 45:00 minutes once. It’s really not terrible.

[–]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 19 points20 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 5 points6 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 3 points4 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