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.
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.