Pumpkin’s Fargo Half Marathon Training Log: Weeks 3 & 4

Happy Monday!

I realized halfway through last week that I forgot to write my training log, however, that may have been a good thing. At the beginning of last week, I was in a temporary running funk, which in hindsight was almost completely due to hormonal reasons. At any rate, I had a 3 day span of hating running and generally feeling like a slug. These days happen, but I was a bit caught off guard since my first two weeks of training felt so great.

Week 3 (1/30-2/5)

Mon 1/30: Easy 4 miles outside with my friend Julie. 5am runs are much easier with a friend! 10:53 pace

Tues 1/31: Speed work on my treadmill at 5am. I remembered how hard it is to do any type of speed work that early in the morning. This workout felt HARD. 15:00 warm up, 8 x 600 @ 8:33 pace with 2 min recovery, 7:30 cool down. (6 miles total)

Weds 2/1: OFF. Thank god. Very tired!

Thurs 2/2: Tempo on my treadmill. 2 mile warm up, 3 miles at 9:46, 1 mile cool down. Since this was in the evening, it felt slightly easier than my early morning Tuesday workout, but still feeling sloggy. (6 miles total)

Fri 2/3: And this was the run that broke me. Since I ran at 5am this day, it was only 11 hours since I had finished my tempo and I think it was just too much for my already tired body. It was a cold morning and I had slept very poorly too. It all added up to making this run feel like hell. 6 miles “easy” pace (11:13 pace), that felt anything but easy. My HR was crazy high and my legs felt like lead stumps. I felt like I was hit by a train the rest of the day.ย  WTF.

Sat 2/4: Traveling out of town with my family. We had plans to spend the entire day at Mall of America, which includes a lot of people, a lot of walking, and a lot of over-stimulation. I woke up early with plans to do my 5 mile in the hotel fitness room and when I woke, my legs felt trashed from the previous day. I RARELY skip a run, but I decided to listen to my body and take the day off.

Sun 2/5: Again with plans for early morning running while traveling, again with feeling like crap. Once again, I decided to call off my run. Feeling pretty bad that I skipped the previous day’s 5 mile and now a 7 mile. Was in a crappy head space about it and feeling discouraged that I was feeling so bad so early in training.

Total miles: 22. Total miles missed: 12



Week 4 (2/6-2/12)

Mon 2/6: Met Julie for my scheduled 4 easy miles. Still feeling tired, but somewhat less awful than Friday’s 6 mile. 11:21 pace.

Tues 2/7: SUPPOSED to do speed work, but made the decision to re-think this entire week. I was feeling zapped emotionally and physically and the thought of running, much less running fast, made me want to cry. I decided to take this day as my off day, and then resume tomorrow and run the rest of the week EASY. No Tempo, no speed.ย  1 hour later I got my period and suddenly the past week makes a lot of sense. It doesn’t usually hit me this hard, but also I hadn’t been running more than 20 miles a week for the past 6 months. I think the combination of starting to increase mileage along with hormones really did me in this month.

Weds 2/8: A couple more days of cold weather, so I did my easy miles on the treadmill. 5 easy and felt pretty good. 11:27 pace.

Thurs 2/9: Beat the treadmill boredom with some Netflix (The People Vs OJ Simpson) and changing my speed every minute. 4.8 up to 6.2 and back down and up again a few times. 6 miles, 10:58 pace.

Fri 2/10: Running mojo came back! Temps in the 40’s this day and I couldn’t WAIT to get outside to run after a very long, busy week of work and trying to re-spark my running mojo. 37 degrees when I stepped outside at 6:45p, and I felt so great that I ran 7 miles instead of 4. 10:48 pace.

Sat 2/11: Feeling a little tired today, and ran 4 instead of 6 since I ran a few extra the previous night. Glad I cut the run at 4 miles because it started pouring freezing rain as soon as I got back to my car. 11:10 pace.

Sun 2/12: SUNSHINE! 37 degrees! Legs weren’t feeling super fresh today, but my attitude was good. Listened to an audiobook, ran a different route, and enjoyed the vitamin D. 11:00 pace.

Total miles: 34 – highest mileage week since May! So glad I listened to my body and backed off when I needed it.

Happy to be wearing fewer layers!!

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. You the woman Pumpkin! I took all last week off b/c of a head cold, and was so glad I did. Way to listen to your body- who knows, maybe on top of the hormones you were fighting off a bug too! And now you’re healthy b/c you rested ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You’re a beast. That Hansons plan is hiiiiigh-mileage. I’ve seen other half plans *peak* at 34-38 mpw. And it’s tricky telling the difference between Bertha and a real need to listen to your body, isn’t it? How do you make the call?

    1. It is SO tricky to tell the difference between Bertha and self-care! I am going to continue this plan with the intention of following it as written, but with full permission to back off if needed. I would love to PR the hell out of this 1/2, but I also plan on jumping into full marathon training soon after this half and I really want to get to that starting line healthy in October. My heart says train like I’m elite, but my body reminds me I’m not elite. lol.