Third Attempt at 7 Miles …

Ah, loving this long weekend! So far it’s consisted of shopping, running, the beach and an Arrested Development marathon. Does it get any better?

Fort Lauderdale Beach view from LuLu's Bait Shack

View from Lulu’s Bait Shack on Fort Lauderdale Beach where we had lunch on Sat.

Actually, there is one way it could get better: I could stop making poor decisions as to when and where to go on my long run.

For example, yesterday I decided that it would be a fab idea to head out for my long run at 4pm. You know, the part of the day where it’s still 85 degrees and sunny as heck in south Florida.

Instead of taking the beach route, I went down to my local park since I knew the beach was hosting a ton of events and would be really crowded. Also, I figured the park had a lot of trees which would provide some sun cover.

Eh. I still got a little bit of sunburn (yes, I forgot my sunscreen!! whaaat!) and the heat just absolutely drained me of my energy by mile 5.

Or perhaps mile 5 is just where I hit a wall.

As some of you know, I’ve been trying to get to 7 miles for the past THREE week. So far I’ve made it: 5.5 miles, 6.2 miles and 5.0 miles during my attempts.

After yesterday’s run I’ve decided that I’m just going to have to make my next attempt indoors. Then I won’t have the heat/dehydration “excuse” to fall back on.

In truth, I don’t think it’s just an excuse though. After each of my 7 mile attempts I’ve taken stock of my body and my legs have felt fine and my breathing has been good but I’ve been overheated and ridiculously thirsty (after draining my water bottle which keeps getting progressively bigger).

To try and help with the energy issue I brought Honey Stingers with me yesterday. They were delicious but I’m not entirely sure they helped as I still ended up cutting my run short. I purchased a few different types of energy chews though so I’ll keep experimenting.

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Next Sunday Adam and I leave for our week long cruise. I’ll be doing all of my runs on the ship’s indoor running track – including my next 7 mile attempt. Fingers crossed that with nothing to think about but eating, relaxing and running I’ll finally hit the 7 mile mark!

Man, this half marathon training thing is no joke. I WILL get there though. No doubt!

7 comments

  1. Christine Caruso

    Once you break the barrier it’l be easier. When I was coming back to running after an injury I was convinced I couldn’t run further than 4 miles. I proved myself right for a while so I incorporated walking. (it take longer to walk those extra 2 miles than it would to runit! ) Another tip – map out the run in advance but then leave any gadgets at home! ignorance is bliss sometimes!

    enjoy your cruise!!

    1. Kristina

      Thanks, Christine! Great idea to leave the gadgets at home. I really do think that will help. I tried to not look at my Garmin yesterday but you know that’s pretty much impossible when it’s right there, haha.

  2. Ali Kearney

    I’m impressed you went 5! In the heat, even in the AM (like 10 or earlier), I can usually only make it 2 miles!

    1. Kristina

      It was haaard! Although funny enough I noticed at the beginning I was sweating like crazy and towards the end I think I was sweating less… or maybe my shirt was just so soaked I couldn’t tell if it was getting wetter or not, haha 😉

  3. Heather Montgomery

    That photo is beautiful! I ran 7 on the treadmill last week, it was not fun.

    1. Kristina

      Thanks, Heather! I’m nervous about 7 on the treadmill … I keep weighing the pros and cons. A big pro is that the temp will be controlled, a big con is that … well … it’s the treadmill! 🙂

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