Stuck on Week 7 of Half Marathon Training (Again)

Last Saturday my weekend long run was supposed to be 7 miles per my half marathon training schedule, but I only made it 5.5 miles. I attributed this failure to:

  • Not getting out early enough to beat the sweltering heat
  • Not bringing enough water to drink
  • Not bringing any food to fuel up when necessary
  • Running a new route for the first time

I decided to tackle the same route again yesterday, sure that this time I would make it the full seven miles. However, I only made it 6.2 miles before I cut the route short and ended up at home. Obviously I only have myself to blame.

I felt really, really strong at the beginning of the run and that lasted all the way through mile 5. I headed out the door at the crack of dawn to avoid the hotness of the sun, I brought a bigger water bottle and I took the same route since I am now familiar with it. However, I did not bring any of the food/fuel items that were suggested to me last week because I forgot to pick them up during the week.

Fort Lauderdale Beach Running Route

My route along Fort Lauderdale Beach.

That was a mistake.

I ended up running out of energy around the 5 mile mark and really could have used an extra pick-me-up. That might have helped me go the full 7 mile distance.

Also, despite the bigger water bottle I still ended up draining the whole thing before the end of my run. Even though the sun isn’t quite as hot at daybreak, it’s still pretty damn hot in Fort Lauderdale. By the time I ended my run it was about 85 degrees and the day was just getting started!

I thought a lot about how I need to move to a different state just to further my running ambitions! Ha!

Overall though, I know I need to get much more serious about my preparations. When I decided to cut my route short I took stock of my body. Yes, I was a little dehydrated, yes my skin was really f’ing hot, yes I was hungry, but my legs and my lungs felt fine. 

My right hip was feeling a little bit of tightness, but nothing that I couldn’t have run through to get the extra mileage.

I was mostly just really thirsty and out of energy.

This week I will make it a rule to pick up fuel and also get an even bigger water bottle

Next Saturday I will FINALLY finish week 7 of half marathon training. I will. I won’t be stopped a third time!

In other news, I squatted 150lbs for the first time last week! A fitness win – yeah!

Now I just need to prepare myself for a running win… Saturday, I’ve got my eye on you.

8 comments

  1. Karla Bruning

    It’s great that you can look at the positives–that your legs and lungs still felt great. That’s important. But it’s also good that you listened to your body and didn’t force yourself to do the whole run. With the right preparation, you’ll totally go the distance!

    1. Kristina

      Thanks, Karla! I love your comments, they are always so encouraging 🙂 I’m going to do all the prep work this time to give myself the best shot! I know I can do it this time …. I was so, so close last Saturday!

  2. Ali Kearney

    It’s really good that you took stock of your body and physical health during your run; dehydration can be really dangerous! And if your legs and lungs felt good, you’re definitely on your way to kick butt on your next long run!

    1. Kristina

      Third time’s the charm, right? 🙂 I hope so!

  3. Frank Pizarro

    A couple of suggestions: 1) Run slower. Long runs are about the distance, not time so if are feeling strong at the start, dial it down and save that for later cause you are gonna need it. 2) Based on your post it sounds like you need to fuel up around mile four(and every 4 miles). Don’t wait till you are feeling tired to take a gel/drink water. By then its too late. 3) Living in Puerto Rico, I have the same problem with temperatures as you. If you can manage running in the evenings instead (after 5:30pm) you could end your long run while its getting dark which will help a lot.

    The most important thing though is, you are doing great and keeping a great attitude so you will rock this!

    1. Kristina

      Hi Frank! Thanks so much for the suggestions. I slow down about 1 min to 1:30 mins per mile for my long runs. I definitely know I need to fuel up better. You’re absolutely right, I need to take something around the 3 mile mark or 3.5 mile mark so that I don’t hit that 4 – 4.5 mile energy slump.

      I run in the evenings during the week but on the weekends I usually have plans which is why I have been trying to head out in the mornings instead.

      This coming Saturday I am going to head out even earlier so that I can *really* avoid the sun and see how that goes!

      Thanks again for all the advice and encouragement – it means so much!

  4. UglyRunnerFeet

    Fueling is definitely important! And Frank is right, slowing down can definitely help you go the distance!

    1. Kristina

      Hey Lori! I know it … scouts honor that I am definitely going to fuel better this coming weekend. I really HAVE to get serious about it.

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