Halfway Hell

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This is my house.


This is my running route.  A nice 3.0 mile loop.

3 mile route

If something bad will happen on my run, it will happen EXACTLY halfway through.  You know, when I am as far as I can get from home.  If I’m going to chafe, it will start halfway.  If I’m walking with the stroller, Henry will have a meltdown exactly halfway.  If I get sick, run out of water, need to pee really, really, really badly – it will happen halfway.  Does this happen to anyone else?

point of explosion

It happens so regularly to me that it’s almost laughable – I fear the halfway mark!  Today, I started to feel so queasy that I would’ve immediately turned around and headed home… if I had only not been so far away!  Ah, the dreaded halfway mark.  I ended up walking the next mile and a half.


Maybe I should redo my route.  It’s like that spot is the Bermuda Triangle of Running Terribleness.  Oh, well.  Mileage is mileage is mileage. 



  • Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer September 26, 2012, 12:25 pm

    love the illustrations! I started doing an out and back on my longer runs because the circle around my neighborhood tends to make it too easy to stop. It’s just a one mile loop and every time I pass my street I want to stop lol

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 26, 2012, 12:26 pm

    This totally happens to me! In fact it happened to me on a 4 miler a couple weekends ago when my tummy started to feel so queasy and I had this moment of panic – if I had to pee, there’s no bathroom near by. If I need a ride home, I didn’t bring my phone, only my iPod Nano. But then I came to the realization that this was my MIND more than my body. Did I have to pee? Yes. But did I have to pee SO bad I needed a bathroom right then and there? No, it was the anxiety of the “what if” I need it before I get home. As soon as I started to relax, I hardly noticed the need to pee or the queasy feeling in my belly.

  • Racheal @ Running with Racheal September 26, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Hahaha. I make myself do loops like that, or else I would use ANY excuse to go back home if it were easier. 🙂

  • Courtney September 26, 2012, 12:31 pm

    Haha! This is hilarious because I’m the same way. There is this one mailbox that is my half way mark that I just hate some days! Other days, I’m just thankful I made it there!

  • Kelly September 26, 2012, 12:39 pm

    Have you tried reversing the route? Or does that not matter? Maybe going counter clockwise would also reverse the bad doings of that first 1.5 miles!

  • Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) September 26, 2012, 12:41 pm

    Hah! I have the same thing. I have a 3.6 mile loop and I if Hailey is going to have a breakdown on a wog, it’s always when we are on the other side of the neighborhood. Gotta love Murphy’s law!

  • Grace @ Grace Dishes September 26, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I love the drawings of your run. They made me smile

    I run outdoors too and it’s hardest for me to get to my end point than getting back. I have to pep talk myself into finishing half of the run since I have to turn back and run back the same direction.

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human September 26, 2012, 12:51 pm

    I know exactly what you’re talking about! I love the illustrations 😉

  • Mandy September 26, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Your illustrations made me giggle. I would be the same way if I ran outdoors. I live in such a rural area that my half way point would be in the middle of a corn field or something. That alone scares me.

  • Nicole September 26, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Hahah, your art is wonderful. Goodness me – I can’t wait for the OK from midwife to run again! So exciting! Until then, I will embrace the occasional walk with this little 1-week peanut 🙂

  • Erica September 26, 2012, 1:07 pm

    hahah- story of my life ;).

  • Katie H. September 26, 2012, 1:28 pm

    That happened to me on my FIVE mile loop once–only it was an injured IT band, and 5:30am. I had to call my dad (out of bed) to come get me and take me home. Dang those loops!

    • Kristy September 26, 2012, 7:10 pm

      Ouch! That’s a bad one! Thank God for dads, huh?!

  • Jameil September 26, 2012, 1:36 pm

    LOL! I say make a friend at that halfway point! Just start knockin on doors!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks September 26, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Bahhaa. I know EXACTLY what you mean. Love the pictures 😉

  • Robin Johnson September 26, 2012, 1:54 pm

    Yep..time to change your route up. The problem is, is the fact that it really is mental. You have mentally made an issue out of this half way mark …so you subconcsiously (sp?) dread this area. http://www.dashingdiva.net

  • Kim September 26, 2012, 2:10 pm

    I’m the same way! With the afternoon thunderstorms in Orlando now I’ve taken to running around my block (oh, about 10 times in a row) so I’m never more than about a quarter mile from the house in case lightning strikes or I twist an ankle & have to army-crawl home. It’s not too boring either, I’m becoming well-acquainted with my neighbors’ decorating styles and getting lots of ideas on landscaping for our yard. Plus I’ve met a lot of the neighbors this way and it’s funny to wave multiple times to the same guy walking his dogs. It’s also good for pacing too (I can’t do a “10 minute mile” but I sure as hell can do a 2.5 minute quarter mile!).

  • Carina September 26, 2012, 2:26 pm

    We run out and back usually in the morning about 10 miles, but basically the same thing as a loop with one point being the furthest out and therefore least convenient for anything. One of my buddies was waiting and waiting for his wife to go into labor and he was absolutely convinced it would happen at mile 5, which is usually where we u-turn during the week, and he’d have to run 5 miles back to his car. He said that for about 2 weeks. And sure enough, it happened while we were on a run, but it was about a mile after the u-turn, so he only had to run 4 miles back to his car. She ended up having a neighbor drive her and he met them at the hospital. So no speed work on his schedule that day, but he threw in about 4 miles at 5k pace!

  • Jen September 26, 2012, 2:59 pm

    I am 15 weeks pregnant and still trying to do some shorter runs as I feel up to it. I’ve tried to rework my route to include a rest stop! I feel like I have to use the restroom way more often even if I go right before I leave the house! It’s harder to keep up my pace this way but I figure it’s better than nothing!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 26, 2012, 3:25 pm

    LOVE the drawings — you are one talented artist, no joke 🙂

  • Amy September 26, 2012, 4:02 pm

    haha! totally true! A couple of weeks ago, exactly halfway through my 4 miler, it started to thunder and lightning. When my husband asked me what I did, I said “um, ran!!!”

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 26, 2012, 4:08 pm

    If my stomach’s going to go all crazy on me, it has to happen when I’m at the furthest possible point away from my house. Rule of running, I suppose!

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats September 26, 2012, 4:14 pm

    Murphy’s law of runners! It never fails that I have to use the bathroom at exactly the furthest point.

  • Katya September 26, 2012, 5:47 pm

    LOL. Maybe time to find a new route?!

  • Caitlin September 26, 2012, 5:56 pm

    I have a 3/4 hell, which I suppose is a bit better since I’m a tad bit closer to home. Most of my runs are 4 miles with a longer one thrown in there each week. At mile 3 on every single run, regardless of where I am, I start to cramp/feel nauseous/need to pee, etc. I think this is mostly because I’m playing with eating prior to a run which I never use to do so I guess it takes until mile 3 for whatever I ate to begin to disagree with my system.

  • Kelly September 26, 2012, 7:55 pm

    I love Caitlin drawings!!!!

  • Lauren M September 27, 2012, 2:41 am

    Want to know my worst “halfway through a run story”?

    I was 5km into my regular 10km loop run around the river near me when a rogue bee flew into my mouth. I choked and coughed it out, only to feel it sting the back of my throat. It had stung my uvula – that little dangly thing at the back of your throat – not to be confused with a part of the female anatomy with similar letters.

    I’m not allergic or anything and had no choice but to continue my run. I got back to my car, my uvula was getting bigger and I could see the black stinger in it. So I drove home, grabbed a flashlight and tweezers and yanked it out (which stretched the uvula out and despite my predicamant I still had a giggle). THEN, for the next few hours as the bee poison got into my system my uvula kept swelling until it was resting on my tongue. That little thing normally the size of your pinky tip was now the size of a large apricot. I could still breathe fine but swallowing and eating were very difficult!

    I can laugh about it now… it was 3 years ago.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 27, 2012, 7:29 am

    Haha I have this exact problem! Sometimes if I’m feeling unsure about a run I’ll just run short loops near my house so that I’m never too far from it!

  • Valerie September 27, 2012, 8:46 am

    I can totally relate to this! My worst “Bermuda triangle” moment happened to me this past summer. I was running and when a torrential downpour happened and I was about 1.5 miles away from my car. I ended up sopping wet and huddled underneath a walnut tree with two other runners until the storm passed. After that, I made sure my route had plenty of quick stops for shelter around it!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 27, 2012, 2:02 pm

    Love the illustrations, ha! I got caught in the rain halfway through my run this am…naturally.

  • Lisa September 27, 2012, 2:43 pm

    When I was running at lunch time I did the downtown loop around the river. It was about 4 miles total. I liked it because I was forced to keep going, I couldn’t quit like I could on a treadmill because I had to get back to the office! I never feared the halfway mark.

  • Amber K September 29, 2012, 12:29 pm

    There just has to be a term for this. And if not then someone needs to come up with one. Because this is all too true.

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