Surviving high blinds..
I have been reguarly playing tournaments lately, with an average size of around 300-500 people. i consistently make it through the first hour and am in the top 10-20% of the chip leaders. But at this point the blinds are nearing the 500-1k mark and this is where i start to just dwindle away to nothing.
For example, i just finished a tournament 162nd 1hr 50minutes in, by the first break and end of late registration i was sitting at 57k chips, putting me at 36th of ~380 players left. The blinds were soon at 600-1.2k, I was playing quite tight, although not on my own decision, i was just being dealt quite obsurdly bad cards for ~15minutes, at the point i was already down to ~45k chips and slipping.
Following this i had a few good hands pre-flop that turned to nothing on the flop, i would be bet into and forced to fold straight away. As usual there were some players stealing the blinds and raising roughly 2.5-3x to do so, and i was folding almost every hand while being eaten away by antes and blinds.
I soon found myself sitting at only 25k, and feeling very desperate for any action, i finally caught a hand JAo in late position, raised, then was re-raised all in, called, and was faced off against AKo, beaten by kicker. Now that's just normal 9handed poker chances and didn't shock me. But what has is the fact that i so consistently reach this point for the same reasons, and am struggling to fix it on my own.
Any advice on surviving, and play style tips during the times the blind's start to be a huge dent to your stack to call let alone raise is what i am after and i would greatly appreciate it. =]