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WILLOWYGIRL
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2/18/13 6:03 P

I agree with some of the other posters:

1. 12min mile might be too fast for you. If you aren't at that level yet, thats ok. You might feel better if you slowed down a bit and let your fitness level catch up, or redo a week until you feel like you are ending your training on a non-nauseous note.

2. You might be too hungry when you run. I usually eat either a small bowl of special k before I run or half a plain bagel w/ minimal cream cheese about 20 minutes before I go out. I like really bland foods that are pure carb.

3. You might need to drink more water in general. Exercise uses up a lot of fluids so you might not be compensating for that enough.

4. If nothing else works, go to your MD and get an exercise stress test done. Maybe you have an underlying condition that is making exercise an issue.

Good luck!



SHANECODER
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2/18/13 5:49 P

I like to drink a little more than water before I run. Make sure you're getting the electrolytes and have the energy you need to run. Something as simple as a little Gatorade.

+1 on the exertion level many have mentioned. I throw up after races when I hit it really hard (this is new to me in the last year). That doesn't mean I'm going fast to other people, just fast for me. If the pace you are holding is working you hard, try backing it off a bit. I like the suggestion of repeating a week in the c25k. That's an awesome way to realize how far you've come! Also, if there are hills on your outside route, realize they will work you a LOT harder at the same pace.

Lots of good thoughts here already. You're going to have to find out what works for you. Don't give up, you'll figure it out!

Edited by: SHANECODER at: 2/18/2013 (17:50)


BOKJOY
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2/18/13 2:49 P

I've also dealt with feeling ill (like throwing up sick) while running, and some of the causes turned out to be:

-Pushing myself too hard in terms of distance or speed. You might try repeating a week of C25K or running a little slower
-Eating too much fiber a few hours before running. I learned the hard way--by having to rush to various Starbucks bathrooms (TMI).--that eating things like apples, kale, beets, etc. is BAD NEWS (for me) before a hard run. Easily digestible snacks like bananas or yogurt serve me better.
-Either too much water or not enough water. There's a happy medium to be found there.

Just a few ideas--running is a process of trial and error, so hopefully you can experiment with different changes to get to the bottom of it!



ARCHIMEDESII
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2/18/13 2:26 P

VELOCITYSC43,

Are you drinking enough water ? feeling nauseous towards the end of a run could be a sign of dehydration. We are all used to drinking plenty of water in the heat, but not in the winter. However, when it's cold outside and the air is dry, that too can lead to dehydration. So, if you're not drinking enough water before or during, you might try drinking a bit more water.





AMYLT29
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2/18/13 1:57 P

I agree, try the banana beforehand. It made a significant difference for me when I tried it. I had it about 20 minutes before my workout. Its light and not much too it so I figured it wouldn't hurt if I did eat it that close. It was probably the best workout I had.

Good luck!



AMYLT29
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2/18/13 1:56 P

I agree, try the banana beforehand. It made a significant difference for me when I tried it. I had it about 20 minutes before my workout. Its light and not much too it so I figured it wouldn't hurt if I did eat it that close. It was probably the best workout I had.

Good luck!



ZORBS13
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2/18/13 12:51 P

12 min/mile might be too fast for YOU. Try slowing down, and also try tweaking with your nutrition before your workout.



KRALLEN1
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2/18/13 12:39 P

This is because your body is running low on glucose which is what your body burns when you are exercising. Try to have a light snack about an hour before you go run and this should stop happening. Bananas or string cheese just something small to help give your body fuel. If it doesn't I would consult a doctor. Good luck!



VELOCITYSC43
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2/18/13 12:23 P

I am on week 6 of the couch to 5k program. This doesn't happen all the time but toward the end of the run I feel sick to my stomach like I am going to throw up. I noticed that it happens mostly when I am running outside. So maybe it is because of the cold? I do not go running right after I eat I try to wait about 2 hours or so. I read that sometimes it could be from dehydration but I drink 2 liters of water a day. My average pace is 12'12" so I don't think I'm running too fast.

Any suggestions for what I could do to stop this from happening? It is really frustrating because I feel like I could keep going but I don't want to push myself to far. It seems like this is really holding me back from making anymore progress.



 
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