Half Marathon Training – Week 5 Recap!

by Her Happy Balance on August 5, 2014

Just typing in “week 5” in the title of this post kind of made my heart skip a beat. I’m almost half way through this whole half marathon training thing. When did that happen?!

I forgot to mention last week, but you may have noticed from my IG pictures, that I’m currently rocking a new toy! My brother and his lovely girlfriend gifted a Garmin Forerunner 15 to me for my birthday and it has become my baby. I had no idea how cool this thing is! My favorite function is syncing the watch to my computer and checking out the elevation graph of the hills and dips on my run. Too fun πŸ™‚ Okay, end tangent, on to the training!

Half Marathon Training Week 5

AM – 25 mins. elliptical
PM –  biceps and triceps 

AM – 2.5mi. run outside

Rest Day πŸ™‚

AM- 5 mi. on the treadmill
PM – 8x 100m sprints at the track

AM – Shoulders

AM – 7.5mi. run outside

AM – Chest

Has anyone ever experienced any GI issues after their long run? I wasn’t sure if I had a stomach bug on Saturday or if I had just severely dehydrated myself. I definitely felt like crap after that long run and my stomach was bothering me on and off for the rest of the day into Sunday. I have a longer run on the schedule for this week, so I’m hoping that it goes over a little better. I think it is time to start experimenting with fueling, maybe an hour in or so into a run. Also – those 100m sprints really did my legs in. Sore. for. days.

When do you start fueling during your runs? After a certain distance or time?
How do you recover from your long runs?
How often do you foam roll?

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nicole @ simply nicole August 5, 2014 at 8:39 am

so excited for you! can’t wait to cheer you on!!

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

YAY! I will need lots of cheering haha!

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie August 5, 2014 at 8:54 am

Thankfully, I’ve never experienced any running related GI problems, but I understand it is fairly common in the marathon world. I remember my friend sent me a picture of a guy with, um, GI problems running a marathon right before I had to run my own marathon. I was traumatized lol.

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

Oh goodness, I plan on looking at none of that lol! I’m just hoping that I plan it so everything goes smoothly race morning πŸ˜‰

Caitlin August 5, 2014 at 11:14 am

I would be dehydration hun and possibly not fueling enough before or during. For long runs I fuel every five miles, but for a half I typically do every four. And I recover with lots of water and chocolate milk right away, and then I try to have a bagel and eggs soon after. Foam rolling and compression socks are my best friends, as well πŸ˜‰

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:25 am

I have a 9-miler on the schedule for this weekend and I am going to try and fuel halfway through it with either shotbloks or a Gu. I’m hoping that whatever I try sits well with my stomach. I’ve decided that immediately after I am going to have a carb-tastic breakfast! πŸ˜‰

ganeeban@ August 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I hate to admit that I never had any huge GI issues, but #FuelingYourGut takes time and actual practice. Learning what you like to consume and how much you need is all in the training. What works for me, might not work for you. But in the instance that it does here’s what I do: Hammer Gel (GU was too harsh on my stomach) at mile 5 & mile 10…maybe a salt tablet around mile 11. I tend to cramp at the end. I am addicted to drinking a Vega Recovery Accelerator drink immediately after my long runs (anything over 6 miles in my book). I also make sure to throw on my compression sleeves after a run and also put my legs up, against the wall too. Hope this helps in the slightest bit! xoxo, ganeeban

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

I’ve never even heard of the company Hammer Gel – I will totally be looking into that! Compression sleeves have definitely been my best friend. Thank you for sharing your routine with me! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a better long run this weekend.

Sarah @ Sweet Miles August 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm

After my half marathon in March I remember feeling nauseous and woozy the rest of the day! I honestly think I pushed myself too hard and wasn’t hydrated properly. It was really weird, I didn’t think I didn’t anything differently! I just try to be overly safe on long runs, and make sure I’m getting enough electrolytes in addition to water.

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

I’m going to start taking fuel during my long runs, maybe 4 or 5 miles into it. I’m going to experiment with shotbloks and Gu this weekend. It was definitely a feeling I do NOT want to repeat, so my water bottle and me are going to be best friends for the next few days.

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I have only just bought a foam roller and I am so excited to start using it!

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:29 am

It hurts so good, Dannii! Haha πŸ˜‰ I love to hate it. It definitely helps to relax my tight and sore spots though. Hope you love yours!

Patty @ Reach Your Peak August 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I have GI issues sometimes after long runs. My stomach always gets crampy and it feels similar to a stomach bug. I think it’s from everything moving around in there since you’re running for so long. Could be dehydration too which is an issue I have because I sweat so much. I started using S!Caps during marathon training last year and it helped me tremendously in terms of staying hydrated and keeping electrolyte levels in check

Kelly August 7, 2014 at 8:05 am

When training for my first half my stomach would get pretty upset and cramps after each of my long runs. I think it did it more if I are something kind of sugary before I ran. I tried different things for breakfast before my run till I figured out what worked. Now when I do a long run I usually have no issues. But every now and again I do. But it’s not as bad as it used to be. My go-to breakfast before a long run is eggs and wheat toast with light jelly. Make sure you give yourself a bit to digest it too before starting.

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

Hi Kelly, nice to “meet” you! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing your breakfast with me. I usually run the best on an empty stomach, but I guess you can’t do that when you have long runs on the schedule. I’ll be experimenting with pre and post foods and fuel this weekend…wish me luck!

Her Happy Balance August 7, 2014 at 9:30 am

I’m going to have to look into those S!Caps – never heard of them! I’ll be experimenting with Gu or shotbloks this weekend on my long run and I’m thinking about leaving a water bottle at a random spot so that I can grab it during my run and rehydrate a bit. Thanks for sharing your routine!

Brianna @ I run He tris August 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

You are killing it with your training!! Anything over 6 miles for me requires some sort of fuel. When I was training for my half marathons I would eat peanut butter M&Ms during my runs. Sounds crazy but it worked for me! I use Gu’s during my triathlons, but make sure that you drink water with/after taking the Gu otherwise you’ll (most likely) experience some stomach cramping. The Salted Caramel Gu is my favorite flavor!

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