Half Marathon Training – Week 10 Recap!

by Her Happy Balance on September 9, 2014

Ten weeks of half marathon training down. Now the big race day is in less than two weeks! Ish just got real. Say prayers for me and my legs please.

Half Marathon Week 10

AM – 4 mi. run outside

AM – 20 mins. elliptical and shoulders
PM – Reflexion Yoga Opening the Shoulders and Chest video

AM – 20 mins. elliptical and biceps/triceps

AM – 8 mi. run outside – felt pretty great!
PM – Chest

AM – 20 mins. elliptical and core/back

AM – 12 mi. run outside

AM – shoulders

The 8 miler on Thursday went so, so great! But the 12 miler on Saturday made me want to die. I had a late night the Friday before and woke up around 7 am to find that the temperature for Saturday was already in the mid 80s and humid as hell. I gave it my all, and was doing pretty good until mile 8 – I started to need to take short walking breaks. I was dehydrated and was in serious need of some water. I was considering stopping and asking the people outside doing yard work if they could grab me a bottle of water, but I figured that might be kind of strange. The motivation to finish this run was the unlimited amount of water I could drink at home. So I walked when I needed to, tried to find shady spots to run, and forced myself to finish. Next time I will hold off on running until a cooler day or plan some way to hydrate myself throughout besides just shotbloks and chews.

Let’s hope my last long run before the actual race is a bit more successful…

How do you stay hydrated on long runs? A hand water bottle? A Camelbak backpack?
When do you start running your long run? 5am? 6am?
I wished I had started at 6 am.

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Kelly September 9, 2014 at 7:41 am

Even though 12 was hard, at least you know you can push through it. Just think what a great race you’ll have when you’re fully rested and hydrated! When I trained for my first half I never carried or drank water on any of my runs. However that was a March race so I was training mostly in the winter months. Now that I’m training through the summer I will usually have a bottle at the end of my driveway and come back mid-run to grab a sip or two. I too regretted not getting up earlier on my long run on Saturday. Its usually really humid before the sun comes up but then when the sun comes up the humidity lessens slightly and the wind picks up a little. Not the case this past weekend. Humid humid humid and no wind whatsoever. I started my run around 6:30am when dawn was breaking. My neighborhood has no street lights so if I start any earlier I have to deck myself out in lights.

Her Happy Balance September 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm

SOOO humid this Saturday, right?! Ugh, absolutely brutal. Training in the summer is hard, I’m sure training in the winter is a completely different kind of hard as well. And I hear you about decking yourself in lights. My neighborhood is somewhat lit up in the mornings, but I usually don’t feel safe going out any earlier than 6 am.

Maureen September 9, 2014 at 8:47 am

Nice job! Saturday was absolutely brutal. Hopefully race day will be much nicer!

Her Happy Balance September 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

It really was. I’m crossing my fingers that two weeks from now the temperatures will have cooled off more.

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne September 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

I had to laugh when I read “I was considering stopping and asking the people outside doing yard work if they could grab me a bottle of water, but I figured that might be kind of strange.” hahaha I use to do the same when I ran by this house that had an orange tree. I didn’t mind it when I was first starting my run, but by the time I was on my way home, all I wanted was some sugary goodness, and the thought of having to run a little more than a mile back home always made me crave it more. I usually just made sure I really hydrated the day before, and if it was a hot day, then I would make sure most of my run was around water fountains so I could stop and get a drink when I needed to. If all else fails, just run by a park they have sprinklers :). And I was lazy and would run around 9 or 10 hahaha.

Her Happy Balance September 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm

OMG if there was an orange tree around my running route I SO would have stopped and yanked one and just gone to town on it. I’m sure the tree’s owner wouldn’t have missed one little orange 😉 But alas, Philly has no orange trees lol.

Caitlin September 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

Aww hun I’m sorry the long run was so rough. I forgot water this morning for my run, too, and didn’t think anything of it since it was only 62 degrees…until mile 3 when I wanted to die from dehydration. Apparently my body is used to getting water every few miles and gets angry when that doesn’t happen haha. I always (except this morning) carry a handheld with me (12-16 oz…not entirely sure of the size but it’s one of those) and for longer runs, I make sure I have water in my car or will be passing water fountains or hotels where I can run in and grab refills. Saves me a lot of grief and trouble, since hydration is key!

Her Happy Balance September 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

That was the kicker – I ran around a high school that has 3 outdoor water fountains along my route and ALL of them were turned off. It was like torture!! Next time I just have to plan my run better and somehow factor in the water. I think a friend is going to let me borrow their water bottle back pack so I’m sure that will definitely help – cross your fingers for me please 😉

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