Pumpkin’s Utah Valley Half Marathon Training Log 4.24.17

How is it almost the end of April already? This Spring has been flying by and somehow I feel no closer to being ready for any half marathons than I did when I started training in the depths of Winter.

Thanks, mid-training cycle injury!

The good news is I’m feeling pretty strong again. Still some twinges of pain in the IT band, but very faint and very manageable. I even put my healing to the test with a hilly trail run yesterday and this morning I woke up feeling just fine. That’s a very good sign, I’d say. As far as endurance goes, I’d say that that is my biggest concern right now. It seems I can’t maintain even an easy pace without an occasional 20-30 second pause to catch my breath. Right around the time I got injured I switched the type of thyroid medication I take and I can’t help but wonder if that is affecting my endurance? It’s hard to know right now since I’ve only been back to consistent running for 2 1/2 weeks. I’ll give it a couple more weeks and reassess. If I’m still struggling then, I am more apt to think this new medication isn’t working very well for me.ย  In the meantime I’ll just keep huffing my way through my runs and hope things start to feel better!


Monday 4.17: 60 minute hot yoga class

Tuesday 4.18: 5 miles after work. Actually felt pretty good for this run. Windy and cool, but overall not terrible. 10:40 pace, 15 minutes of stretching and core afterward

Wednesday 4.19: This run actually was terrible. Early morning run, so it was roughly 12 hours since the previous day’s run. It was cold and I hadn’t slept great the night before. Oh and my hands turned into ice lumps despite wearing gloves. 4.2 miles, 11:21 pace. During my lunch break later in the day I took a 45 minute walk around campus.

Thursday 4.20: Off.

Friday 4.21: 4 miles after work. 10:38 pace, not including some short pauses. Asthma is definitely more of a factor on the warm days as well. The warm weather made for a spectacular reason to take my daughter to DQ after my run for a cone.

Saturday 4.22: 7.5 miles, 11:04 pace. Again some moments of struggle. This was my longest run since injury and though my body was feeling strong, my breathing is really struggling.

Sunday 4.23: drove an hour away to meet a friend for a run. We don’t get to see each other as often as we would like, so I had a traveling run date. She lives in a city that is hella hilly (compared to the zero elevation change where I live). We also decided to check out a new trail where she lives. I sort of assumed the hills and trails would leave me feeling sore the next day, I am happy to say I feel great. Also what a difference trail running makes on your pace. SLOW, but felt like really hard work! 5 miles, 11:40 pace


Total miles: 25.7. One yoga class, one long lunch walk, one core session for sure, but I think perhaps some other light core work scattered over the week. This week’s goal: keep increasing mileage, throw in more strength training and keep up on 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. 11:40 pace on hills – you would’ve smoked me! I hate them dang thangs. Nice week! Good to see you coming around and hope the breathing improves. I noticed I’ve had some coughs after a few long runs lately and I wonder if it’s allergies, humidity, etc . Stinks!

  2. I’m always impressed by your dedication – especially with those early morning runs! (Seriously. I’m still waiting for my son to sleep in.) Don’t worry about the endurance; I think it’ll come back, and in the meantime look at it this way, you’re getting extra practice learning to manage discomfort!