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&;Uncontrolled tension, dizziness, nausea, upset stomach since km 34 in my fourth marathon&; I laugh at the ignorant people who say that this distance can be done by anyone.&;


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Alberto Palacios, popuar marathon runner, explains how in his fourth experience in the distance he met the dreaded wall and warns of the importance of not losing respect for this race

&;Uncontrolled tension, dizziness, nausea, upset stomach since km 34 in my fourth marathon&; I laugh at the ignorant people who say that this distance can be done by anyone&;.

The Marathon is unforgiving, if you don&;t respect the distance you will end up suffering. That happened to Alberto Palacios in his fourth experience in the distance and he learned how hard it is to finish such an immense challenge.

The marathon has gone from being an almost impossible challenge for many to become almost a distance to walk around the house&;. Alberto Palacios&; ordeal in his fourth marathon will help him learn to respect a race in which &;you should never trust yourself even if you have already finished several marathons because at the minimum it puts you in your place&;.


They say that the things that cost the most in life are the ones you end up valuing the most, and the truth is that I can attest to that. Until 2019 I had finished three marathons but what happened to me in the Madrid Marathon that year was for me a before and after in this world of running, but I&;ll leave the moral for the end &;


What I do want to make clear is that I find very ignorant all the runners I hear saying that the marathon is run by anyone and that they have lost respect for this distance. I hope they don&;t have to suffer what I suffered to realize that a marathon is a big deal.

I remember how in that marathon, I repeat after having finished three others, my challenge began to falter at the height of the 32nd km began the dreaded stomach problems. The gels no longer felt as good as they did at the beginning of the race. And when your stomach tells you to stop, you have to stop. I stopped to pee and continued the race. However, the stop was the worst choice of that race.

My pace broke and with it took my desire ahead of me. My mind failed me. I don&;t know how to explain what happened to me. Sometimes the physique fails you and it is a problem that you can easily diagnose, but when your head fails you, it is much more difficult to find a solution.

At km 34 came the worst, Mr. wall, it was the first time I got that feeling. After three marathons, it was about time, wasn&;t it? What an unpleasant sensation! My mind told me to stop! And as it is the one in charge, it dragged my whole body. I stopped. I could not keep running.

The desire with which I started that marathon vanished and demotivation took over me. And so, between stop and jog, stop and jog I continued until km 39. Perhaps the longest 5kms of my life, but also the ones that have taught me the most. After 3 marathons, more than 10 half marathons and surely almost 50 races of 10 km, only 5 km of a marathon are enough to put you in your place and teach you what this sport is.


Months of training and desires vanish in just 20 minutes. Maybe I could have avoided it or maybe not, who knows? The only thing I know is that since that day I met the wall I know how to face it.

After having my blood pressure out of control, dizziness, nausea, upset stomach, an uninvited blister and my mind in off mode, I reset. I saw km 40 and updated myself. I thought only of finishing this didactic punishment.

After finishing my mind went into &;mute&; mode. I think I needed a reboot again. Not even the university had given me a life lesson as big as that race.

A marathon is a long-distance race, it doesn&;t matter how you did the first kilometers because you have to show your face at the end and keep a cool head at all times. Maybe I got overconfident or maybe it wasn&;t my day. I still don&;t know why. I only know that I learned more than ever. And that even if it goes very well, it&;s all bulls up to the tail.

Some of you will call me a freak and you are probably right. But after that experience I went back to face the marathon and my fears, because I believe that if you leave them aside, you&;ll never learn from them.