This week was given a video of the Philadelphia half-marathon in which we see a runner which, a few meters from the goal, begin to idle the legs and he has to be helped by other two runners carrying it in twinkling. After this, a third runner approaching and seeing which can hardly keep standing, opts for charge in arms up to a few meters before the finish line, where puts on the floor so that you can finish by his own foot.

It is difficult to analyse these videos because we can never be sure 100% of what had happened to the woman (had given a pájara full finish line? was dragging that condition already kilometers?) or what he was thinking at that time (imagine that all you were looking for was to reach goal, since he was a few meters sit and recover).

But this if gives us rise to know How should we respond if we are giving someone a pájara during a race or if we ourselves are the ones who suffer it. The key points we give both prevent it and treat it once it has appeared.

The pajara, although it is a term that comes from cycling, is already used to any other sports: basically it is used to refer to the State of extreme fatigue the body becomes that after a long workout, and that occurs when there is Hypoglycemia (not glycogen stores remain in the body – in the liver or muscles – how to keep moving us).

How to react to a pájara

  • When it gives us a pájara it is necessary that stop the activity at the same time that we are aware of it. Does not lessen the step or slow down if we are running: is mandatory to stop us because, if not, the consequences can be worse.
  • Eating Food and beverages containing sugars from rapid absorption so the body assimilate them as soon as possible and can recover. A good choice can be dried fruit, specialities drinks or energy bars.

The keys to prevent the pájara

Is better than cure, and more still in the sport. The best way to prevent a pájara is not lead to our body till the end, prepare well all the workouts leading up to a race and plan the refreshments both liquid and solid that I will carry out the same. This last point, basically, is that save us from hypoglycemia: dinner well the night before the race, breakfast in a way appropriate to our needs and have tested the supplementation with gels and drinks will save us more than one scare.

On the other hand, it is important that know the symptoms of a pájara so that we can identify them and be able to stop us before they go to more: cloudy vision, dizziness and even hallucinations are the clearest signs. If you start to notice them, stop and think what you may be going. It is better to lose a few seconds or crossing the goal of a career that afford a few kilometers later.

Well did these guys carrying almost in twinkling to women up to the finish line or should have it assisted in the same place where it had stopped? Personally, I think that that made it better was the guy who took her in her arms and did not keep walking, Although she was helped. That Yes, being only a few meters from the finish line also could think that right on arrival would be where better medical services could meet it. It is difficult to make an assessment only with images from a video.

In any case, as we said, prevention is better than cure: properly prepare races and especially the hydration and nutrition.