Pumpkin’s Utah Valley Half Marathon Training Log 4.10.17

Wait. WHAT?

Remember a couple of weeks ago when my training logs were titled “Fargo Half Marathon” training log? Remember when I last wrote a log I was just starting an injury timeout with a bout of IT band/ SI joint problems? Let’s play catch up, shall we?

First of all, that bout of IT Band/ SI Joint pain is JUST now feeling better. My last long run took place on 3/18 and it was nearly three full weeks of zero running at all. I have done 3 very short runs now since last Thursday and am pretty confident I’m healed enough to run, but my endurance? GONE. My short 3 mile run yesterday was a struggle. Pretty frustrating as I had already logged a handful of 10 mile runs prior to injury. I’m sure I’ll get my fitness back rather quickly, but Fargo Marathon is only 5ish weeks from now. I had already decided to scale back my goal for Fargo prior to this, but now my plan is: run it as a training run or maybe not even at all. I’m not registered yet, so I’m not financially invested. I hate paying big money for a training run, but then again, I have participated in the marathon weekend for years and would hate to miss out. If I do run, there will be no goal other than have fun.

BUT! The stars aligned for me to be able to run the Utah Valley half marathon on June 10th. We will be taking a family vacation to Boise in June and the timing worked out perfectly for me to be able to run this race. Provo, UT is just over 5 hours from Boise, so we are taking a small detour on our drive for me to run. Overall it’s a downhill course and the scenery promises to be phenomenal. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for this! I have no idea what my goal is for Utah. The race is 9 weeks away and I will have already been in the car for 2+ days/ traveling with kids/ probably tired as hell by the time we roll into Provo. Chances are I’m just going to try and run it as well as I can, but without big expectations. I’ve never been to Utah and am most excited just to take in the beauty.

I’m switching up my training approach in the meantime. Goodbye, Hanson’s Half Marathon training plan. The next 9 weeks are all about getting stronger physically, and if that produces speed gains (which I hope it does) then that’s great! I’m shooting for 5 days of running per week instead of 6, and I’m going to do lots and lots of core and weight training and cross training. I’m turning over a new leaf! I’ve been so bad about doing all the extras, but now I’m committed to being balanced and getting stronger, and HOPEFULLY staying uninjured.


Here’s the very little running I did over the past few weeks:

3/20-3/26: No running at all. I did daily stretching and some core strength, but too lazy to log it.

3/27-4/2: No running. I think I did a spin class at some point. Again, lots of core stuff and stretching and foam rolling. Oh and I threw my neck out this week as well, so there were a few days I could barely turn my head. Feeling pretty old this week.


Mon 4/3- nada

Tues 4/4- nada

Weds 4/5- 2 miles. WOAH! A RUN! Easy pace.

Thurs 4/6- 2 miles. YAY! Easy pace. IT band and SI joint were pretty painful though, so I ended at 2 miles. Stretching, core, and then some squats in the weight room at the Y.

Fri 4/7- off

Sat 4/8- 45 min intense spin class in the morning, and an hour long hot yoga class in the afternoon. I rarely do yoga, but I LOVED hot yoga. It felt like a cardio workout and my muscles felt nice and loose afterward. I may try and throw in an occasional hot yoga class from now on.

Sun 4/9- 3 miles, easy pace. Endurance wise, I felt AWFUL. I think I may have been feeling zapped from the previous day, but I had to stop more than a few times to catch my breath. The IT band and SI joint felt pretty good though, so I’m optimistic the worst of this has passed.

Total miles: 7. HAHAHAHA.


So, back to square one. Hoping this week is even better than last! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have zero running pics from the past 3 weeks, but I’ve done lots of core work!

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. Yeah, Pumpkin! Sounds like a good plan you got going on post IT band issue. Sounds like you are in a good place, too – and that will go a long way. Tony! Toni! Tone! has done it again ๐Ÿ™‚