Long Island Half Marathon Training Week #7


And just like that I am down to the last week of my training plan with Laura which means it’s taper time. Wow!

I am still trying not to look ahead just yet to next Sunday’s weather forecast. However, since it is already popping up in the weekly forecast on my phone, I can’t avoid it. So far, the weather is looking good though!

long island half marathon training week 7

Monday – Pure Barre Studio Series DVD

I had to leave the house early for a work event so I ran on Sunday instead of today.

Tuesday – 8 Miles

1 mile warm up + 4 X 1.25 miles at 10k/half pace with .25 recovery in between. The mile splits aren’t all accurate due to the type of workout.


Wednesday – 6 Easy Miles & Pure Barre

Gorgeous sunny morning for an easy run – average pace 9:32.

Pure Barre Tone in 10 Combo:

  • Full Body
  • Thighs & Seat
  • Seat & Abs

Thursday – 8 Miles

On the schedule: 2 mile warm up + 2 X 2 miles at GHMP (3 minutes rest in between) + cool down

After arriving home at almost 1:00 am (from Islanders game) and waking up with my period, it’s a true wonder that I not only made it out the door for this run but completed the workout.

I was totally asleep during the warm up and really wondered how I was completing the half marathon paced portion of this run. I was tired because I did not sleep enough but my body was not tired from my running/training so once I realized I felt that slight difference, I decided to give the workout a try. If I couldn’t do it, I wouldn’t do it.

I would say I did it. My first mile (8:01) was seconds from where it should have been but was close enough. The effort was there and that’s what Laura says is most important.


Come the 3 minute recovery after mile 4, I made the decision to run easy for half a mile instead of timing it and then picked my pace back up. I was definitely tired. I told myself to shorten the final 2 miles to 1.5 miles to make this easier.

But then things started to click and feel smooth so I completed the workout without issue.

I felt better than when I started which is always a plus!

Friday – Pure Barre Mile High DVD & 45 Minutes Easy Running

It was so gorgeous and warm outside – around 60 degrees at 6:30 am! I wanted to run 5 miles but really didn’t have time so I capped off at 45 minutes which was exactly 4.50 miles.

Saturday – 4 Miles

I was supposed to run 10 easy miles which in my head seemed like nothing – 10 miles always seems like nothing in comparison to running 13 0r 14 miles every Saturday.

But, I woke up with a perfect storm of problems which kept me from being able to run:

  • I didn’t sleep well or enough hours
  • I had my period (Day 3 but that still affects my ability to feel right when running sometimes)
  • 90% humidity
  • Realized later on that I probably had more coffee than water on Friday

I don’t think I have ever stopped a long run but this run just didn’t feel like the kind of run I could manage. My calves felt tight from the first step I took and never loosened up. As for my period cramps, I didn’t have any during my run (those came later) but I still didn’t feel right. I wasn’t dizzy yet (which can happen and cause me to faint during this time of the month) but I didn’t feel as though I could comfortably adjust to the humidity. Overall I felt completely wrong – not sick, just wrong.

I went home, took a shower, ate my post run breakfast anyway and went back to bed.

Sunday – A Few Miles

I am feeling better and back to normal today (I slept almost 11 hours!) so I want to head outside this morning to run a few miles. How many, I am not sure, I guess I will see once I am out there.

Posts of Interest:

Race Fueling Strategies – Michele shared her knowledge with us regarding the various types of fueling for races.

Taper Strategies Q & A – My conversation with Lisa on tapering strategies for upcoming races.

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How were your runs this week? Was it humid where you live yesterday?

Have you ever needed to stop your long run?

Best thing you ate so far this weekend?

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  1. says

    Yesterday morning was a little humid here but once it started raining it cooled off alot. It was one of those mornings that I couldn’t figure out what to wear for running. I guess the good news for you is that you won’t have to deal with period stuff for your race next weekend! Overall I was loving the weather this week other than Saturday. Even the sunnier mornings alone put me in such a better mood!
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    • says

      omg I would not deal at all with my period during the race – if somehow I ended up having it, I wouldn’t run. I just can’t do it! I have been in a better mood too since it’s bright and sunny in the morning lately!

  2. says

    Really glad that by next week your period will be gone! It’s funny how I have no idea what the weather will be since I’m not running at all. I was surprised by how hot and humid it was Friday into sat morning! I’ll be weather stalking for your race, I think you might get lucky though since it looks like there’s a cool down 🙂

  3. says

    It wasn’t humid here yesterday, but today it’s rainy! I usually cut short at least one long run per year in the Midwest due to humidity or other weather, including one two weeks before my first half marathon. I’m so excited for you for your race and am stalking your forecast also.
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  4. says

    I am looking forward to hearing about your tapering week. I’m still trying to figure out what to means for me. My best run this week was my last long run before my race. It was the longest I’ve ever ran before in my life. I now believe I can actually finish my race 🙂 Have a great week!
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  5. says

    Honestly it’s almost always humid where I live. I guess that’s what happens when you split your time between a river and a swamp haha! I tend to think that it would be helpful for me to try running in a non-humid area just to see if I improve at all. And yup, I have stopped during my long runs. Sometimes you want to stop because it’s just hard, but there are other times when things don’t feel right at all. Good for you for listening to your body!
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  6. says

    I love that Laura stresses effort just as much as pace–I’m learning to stop staring at my Garmin all the time and listen more to my breathing. It was super humid in DC Saturday too and I definitely felt it during my 10 miles. I’ve had to stop during a long run before so I know how frustrating that can feel. Best thing I ate this weekend: carne asada tacos with plantains!