Pumpkin’s Fargo Half Marathon Training Log- Week 1

It has been a long time since my last training log and even longer since I’ve trained for a race! Last year at this time, I took the plunge and used Hanson’s Marathon Method to train for Fargo Marathon. I loved Hanson’s so much that I have decided to follow Hanson’s Half Marathon Method for my half marathon in Fargo this May! It is higher mileage than I’ve ever run for a half, and it’s is 6 days a week of running, but if I was able to handle the training load for a full, I can certainly manage the mileage for a half. I will peak just over 50 mpw, and will be running in the high 40’s for quite a bit of the training cycle.

So my first week of training didn’t quite go as expected, as this plan for whatever reason, put all of the runs at the end of the week. I was supposed to run easy runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and for a total of 17 miles. Makes sense for week one, but after the past few weeks of being pretty sedentary, I was itching to start running. I ended up with a few extra miles… and perhaps I ran an actual half marathon too.


Monday 1/16: I had the day off work and for the first time in forever it was ABOVE zero in Fargo/Moorhead. I took advantage of some motivation and went snowshoeing for about an hour. I still had some energy and motivation leftover, so I went out for an easy 3 miles as well. The snow/ icepack on the roads was a little tough to navigate, even with my YakTrax. This was also my first run with my new, improved YakTrax… they worked great but they are significantly heavier than my last pair. It was noticeable when I ran. 3 miles, 10:05 pace

Tuesday 1/17: Off

Wednesday 1/18: Up bright and early to fit in a run with Kate before I finished packing for my trip to Austin, TX. Again, a run that wasn’t on my schedule, but I figured a few easy miles wouldn’t hurt. This run proved to be MUCH harder than I thought. I forgot to use my inhaler before our run and I wheezed for the whole run. My HR was high and it felt like an elephant was on my chest. Slow run. 4 miles, 10:42 pace

Thursday 1/19: My first morning in Austin! My first run in forever in SHORTS! Amazing! Ran along a great path along Lady Bird Lake in Downtown Austin. So many runners and bikers along the path. This was my first official training run for this plan, and since it called for easy pace, I didn’t feel too bad about stopping several times to snap pics of Austin. 4 miles, 10:14 pace

Friday 1/20: Our conference started at 7:30a this morning, so I had to go out for an early morning run. Maybe not the safest idea to run in the dark in a city I don’t know, but Austin just felt so safe. The scariest thing I saw during the run was a kitten who surprised me when I rounded a corner. Those shining eyes can catch a person off-guard! A beautiful morning to run. 3 miles, 9:58 pace

Saturday 1/21: Off. Well, not totally off. we went on a 2 1/2 hour kayak tour, but no running. Had a 4 mile scheduled, but I thought it best to skip running today because….

Sunday 1/22: I ran a half marathon. Wait, what? On my first week of training for a half marathon? Yep, it happened. The race report with the full story will be coming soon! 13.1 miles, very easy pace.

Total for week 1:

27.1 miles

So happy to run without 15 layers!
Was momentarily scared out of my mind when I rounded a corner and saw this. Austin sure is full of danger!

I'm a college mental health counselor, runner, cyclist, wife, and mom to two strong-willed children. I started running in 2011 after the birth of my last child after years of love-hate relationships with fitness. My favorite distance is the half marathon, but I love the challenge of tackling the marathon. My biggest challenge is the mental aspect of racing, but my greatest strength is I'm stubborn and never give up! I'm a free spirit, an open book, and try to be authentic both in real life as well as in my internet life. Running has given me a place to face my fears, chase goals, and stay humble. Side note: I love cats and coffee and tacos.

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  1. Haha, you’ve already completed the goal of the training program โ€” you could just quit now! The one-week Hanson’s plan.