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?



  1. October 9, 2013 / 10:50 pm

    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!

    • October 10, 2013 / 2:08 am

      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!

  2. October 11, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    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.