Mango’s Providence Half training log, week 2 of 13, Feb 13-20

As I mentioned earlier, Week 2 of this 13-week half marathon training cycle didn’t go quite as well as the first week! Between a really busy week at work (somewhat anticipated) and coming down with either a bad cold or a mild flu (unanticipated, obviously), not much running has occurred this week.

I haven’t raced much since moving to the US, but I’m thinking of doing some of the USATF NE Grand Prix races with my running group. Massachusetts has a great and storied running culture, and local races are often put on by area running groups, rather than big commercial companies. I’d love to get out and see what New England has to offer.

Alas, my group doesn’t seem to have enough interested women to field either an open or a masters team, which to some extent defeats the purpose of me racing… anyone else have this problem? I could just go on my own, but it’sย not an insignificant time and family commitment.

Using child labour to make my zucchini-carrot muffins. I mean, kids these days are basically willing to work for free. Or at least for muffins.


Monday – More snow-day toddler-wrangling all day. My running group uses the track at a local university, which had a snow day Monday. The track was closed till 6pm, so there was a considerable backlog of the college’s sports teams all trying to get their workouts in. Nevertheless, we persisted… and I eventually managed to do 3 miles then 2 miles at 8:10 pace. Basically a tempo workout. This new coach is tough! (The set, as written, said half-marathon pace.) 6 miles total including abbreviated warmup and cooldown.

Back when I was still feeling hale enough to run an entire tempo workout

Tuesday – off


Wednesday – 5 miles easy


Thursday – off, sick. Wednesday night I had the beginnings of a scratchy throat, and by midday Thursday it was full-blown.


Friday – 2.25 miles on the elliptical. I find when I’m recovering from something, any sort of forward movement helps me feel a bit more human again.

A couple of years ago, I went for my first postpartum ‘jog’ three weeks after giving birth. (Technically the doctors’ recommendation is six weeks, but I think a sensible, experienced athlete knows their own body best, and if you need to wait eight weeks, or sixteen, or hop back to it after three, and experience no adverse effects, that’s fine. I don’t think jumping back in shortly after giving birth is especially something to be celebrated or glorified. You do what you need to do.) My mom was in town to cuddle her grandson and change diapers, it was early June, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, I felt good for the first time in weeks…how could I not? So I ventured out for all of 15 minutes – up the block and back!


Saturday – off, still feeling grotty


Sunday – 4.5 miles easy


Total: 17.75 miles

Tropical transplant to the chilly Northeast. Professional writer and researcher, cantankerous editor, mom to one inquisitive toddler, asker of inconvenient questions.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

1 comment

  1. Nice week of training even with shuffling things around if need be for snow, kiddo time etc.

    Thanks for the reminder about postpartum running- I know I still have a few months to go but as I see other runners talk about their postpartum journeys it makes it easier for me to truly grasp how different everyone can be. Some friends waited the 6 weeks and did just fine, some needed less time and some needed more. I’m trying not to get too caught up in what may or may not be the case for me come this summer, we will just have to see.