Someone on Runners World Online (RWOL) posted a couple of videos to demonstrate examples of what it is like to hit "the wall". Someone on the message board, who is likely a physician, explained that hitting the wall is not a total deficit of glycogen, but a combination of different factors all leading to a sudden physical halt. The videos are both of leading Ironman female athletes, both world class competitors, who hit the wall and as a result fall apart pretty dramatically. One is actually really scary because the woman says that she thinks she is dying. She looks it, too. Thankfully (knock on wood!), I have never hit the wall while running. However, I have felt that weak delirium in other instances due to my poor eating habits. Sometimes I am so busy throughout the day that I forget to eat until I either get a severe migraine headache (A puke-a-palooza, if you will, topped with the constant desire to have someone steamroll over my head) or my body feels weak and worn down and my thinking gets somewhat "foggy". I have run into acquaintances and unfortunately had to attempt conversations during these episodes. I'm sure they thought I was on drugs or crazy afterwards. No. Just hungry.
Has anything like this ever happened to you?
Totally scary, right??