Pumpkin’s Fargo Half Marathon Training Log: Week 9

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Happy Monday! Well, at the time of my last training log, I was feeling pretty glum about running. I had a handful of not great runs and was pretty discouraged. This week, though, I had a few pretty terrific runs that helped my attitude get back to where it needs to be.

And then, on the last couple of miles of Saturday’s long run…. PAIN. I have always been a “lower leg injury” kind of gal. Always tendinitis and stress fractures, always in my lower tibia. I’m pretty much a pro at being injured down there. I was taken by surprise on Saturday when I started to experience pain and tightness in my IT band and up to my glute. I’ve never had IT band stuff before, so it’s like a brand new adventure for me! (Please note, the last sentence was heavy on sarcasm).

I’ve been stretching, icing, and foam rolling and will be calling my chiropractor as soon as the office opens. I’m being smart and I’m not running on it, even though yesterday was BEAUTIFUL- I took the day off.

Even in spite of this (hopefully very temporary) injury, I’m feeling good about running again. I think that shifting my expectations about training and accepting that this training cycle just isn’t going according to my original plan is helping me to not freak out about my IT band pain. We will see what my chiropractor says and take it from there!


Monday 3/13: I was still in the depths of run disdain and still feeling physically sore from my disastrous long run. 2 miles on the treadmill and I quit. 11:16 pace.

Tuesday 3/14: Scheduled off day

Wednesday 3/15: Was hoping my attitude would be better today and it WAS. Since my training plan has been derailed, I’ve decided to make up my own speed workouts at this point. Plan was to do 4 x 800, but I was feeling so good after my first 3 800’s that I decided to do my last repeat as a 1 mile. First workout in a long time that felt really solid. 2 mile w/u, 3 x 800 @ 6.5, 1 x 1 mile @ 6.6, 400 recovery. No cool down. 5.25 miles total.

Thursday 3/16: A nice day outside, but a little windy. Looking back, maybe this is where I went wrong this week and perhaps caused some of my current pain. I should have done this run at my “easy” pace, which is closer to 11:00, but I guess I was feeling so happy from the previous day’s workout that I ran this one a little faster than I should have. 5 miles, 10:25 avg pace.

Friday 3/17: I overslept in the morning and only had time to fit in 4 miles after work. Ran on the treadmill. 10:27 avg pace.

Saturday 3/18: Decided to swap my runs for the weekend and do my long run today. Plan was for 10 miles, but the glute/ IT band soreness got pretty noticeable during the last 2 miles. I cut my run short at 9.5 since my route was goofy and I found myself at my front door at that point. I considered running up and down the block to get my 10, but was smart and called it a day. Felt terrific for the most part though, in terms of pace. Whereas last week’s long run I got progressively slower, this week I ran each mile progressively faster until the last two miles. I made myself start out much slower than usual and was able to get stronger as the run continued. Splits were: 11:47, 11:21, 11:16, 11:06, 10:55, 10:48, 10:37, 10:02, 10:29, 10:39. ย Avg pace 10:55

Sunday 3/19: IT band pain. Took the day off instead of running 6 miles.

Total miles: 25.75

I didn’t have any good run selfies this week, so I’m posting this one where I look confused.

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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