Safety First: I Almost Blacked Out During My Run

I almost blacked out during my run tonight. Thank goodness I always bring my phone with me when I run. Safety first. 

I had a big to-do list for myself after work so when I got home I tipped back a chocolate nutritional shake and immediately headed out the door.

Unfortunately, I underestimated how hungry I was and how hot it still is outside even when the sun is down (82 degrees but feels like 87!).

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I was also pushing the pace on myself since I had a down week last week and haven’t run hard (for me) in a few days.

I’ve also increased my running intervals from 3 min run/30 sec walk to 6 min run/1 min walk on my shorter runs to help try to simulate the feelings of fatigue that I expect to feel in the later stages of the half. I want to be prepared for it and know I can push through it.

Maybe I shouldn’t have done that today… who knows.

At about 3.5 miles in I was starting to feel really depleted but I figured just push through the last half mile.

Unfortunately .10 later I stepped off the sidewalk onto the grass and almost blacked out. I sat down, closed my eyes and when I opened them my vision was blurry. So that stinks.

I sat there in the grass for a little bit and waited for the spell to pass, then I got up and walked the rest of the way home. I tried to run a little bit but it just didn’t feel right.

By the time I got home I was feeling much better. The whole time I kept thinking how glad I am that I carry my phone with me when I run outside. I didn’t need to use it today to call for help, but it was comforting to know it was there.

It was also comforting to know at night I only run popular paths where I see at least one other runner every five minutes or less even at night. If I didn’t have my phone for some reason, I know I could have gotten help.

Safety first. 

I am a big advocate of always taking your phone while running! Seriously, do it!

The plus to all of this is I am getting faster at tackling the bridge that I cross TWICE each time I run down to the beach. It is my enemy and I hate it, but I WILL defeat it in the end.

The other plus is that I felt I deserved this mini Edy’s ice cream cup after going through the whole black out ordeal:

Edy's mini chocolate ice cream

I only ate half of the mini cup but you better believe I will enjoy the other half after my 6-miles tomorrow!

Do you take your phone with you while running?

Do you change up your route when running at night to make sure you’re around people?

4 comments

  1. Ali K. @ Hit the Ground Running

    Ah, I hate when that happens. Sometimes our bodies just need more than we think! I’m glad you medicated with sugar hehe.

    And yes, running with a phone or some other easy way to get in touch with people is important. I know the Road ID app alerts your selected contact if you stop moving for 60 seconds, so if you ever really DID pass out or anything, it could send a notification to whoever you programmed. Glad you feel better today!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I had no idea Road ID had an app! I’ve been thinking about getting one for … too long. I need to do it! Thanks!

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  3. Karla @ Run, Karla, Run!

    Yikes! Take care of yourself and watch out for that. I don’t always run with my phone, but I run with ID. In NYC, it’s almost impossible to find a place to run that’s not filled with people, especially since I usually run mid-day or after work. But this reminds me that I should at least have an emergency contact on me too.

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