Pumpkin’s Training Log 10.25.15

Can I still call this a training log, even though at this moment, I’m not in training for a race?  I suppose it’s easier than calling it “Pumpkin’s log of halfhearted attempts at staying in running shape while she tries not to gain her body weight in comfort foods and Halloween candy.”

Monday 10.19

Happily back at Monday morning spin class, taught by my favorite instructor.

16.9 miles, 42 minutes.  140 avg HR

Tuesday 10.20

Hill Training Tuesday.  If you’ve ever wondered whether:  A) is it boring to run up and down the same parking ramp every single Tuesday? and B) is it a hard workout?    The answer is YES.

4.07 miles, 9:47 pace

Wednesday 10.21

The best thing about Fargo, other than the lack of hills, is the lack of trees to block the wind.  20+ mph winds and a 5am start time made me want to cry.

5.03 miles, 10:20 pace

Thursday 10.22


45 minutes, 7.55 miles


Husband was out of town, so I got solo parent duty.  No formal exercise happened, other than an exercise in keeping my patience.  I did manage to squeeze in a one mile run’s worth of laps around my 2nd grader’s school playground track while my children burned off their demons, but that’s it!  This may actually be the first weekend in many months that did not include a long run, long bike ride, or both.  No wonder I’m feeling edgy tonight!

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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