Pumpkin’s Utah Valley Half Marathon Training Log 5.1.17

You know how sometimes when you’re training for a race and the entire training cycle goes seamlessly… no injuries, no missed runs, no life drama? I’m SO experiencing the opposite of that these days. For every success I’ve had, life has managed to hand me some sort of setback to knock me back to square one. I have to say, it’s not a lot of fun to write training logs that seem to contain more frustration than anything else! But, it’s just where I’m at right now.

Injury update: Feeling pretty good now. Some IT band/ glute tightness sometimes, but not while I’m running. Still foam rolling, stretching, and trying to remember my PT/ core exercises.

Fitness update/ WTF is the actual problem here update: But really, WTF is going on with my endurance? Historically, my HR has always always trended high as a runner- even at my most fit, I run a bit high. Since coming back from injury however, my HR has been spiking fast and staying there. I think last training log I said I’d just keep monitoring it and also that I wondered whether my recent thyroid medication change has been affecting me. I’m thinking more and more that medication is in some way playing a part in this. I’ll go in for thyroid labs in the next couple of weeks and discuss with my doctor.

Overall enjoyment of running update: To be totally honest, running has sort of sucked lately. Every run I go out hoping for the best and and the best I seem to get is average. Many of my runs have just plain sucked. On Saturday I planned on attempting a long run and I bailed after 2 miles. My body hurt, my breathing and heart rate were out of control and it was a run I just knew wasn’t going to get better. I bailed on the run and joined my friends in the afternoon for a longish bike ride on our road bikes. I felt relief to do a workout that was not running.

So now what? I’m going to keep on running. BUT, I am tossing aside all of my preconceived ideas of what I’m “supposed” to be doing and what pace I “think” I’m supposed to be at. I’m going to set aside my ego and accept what my body is giving me at this moment. What I’ve been doing is obviously not working, so I need to try something new. For now I’m going to focus on keeping my HR manageable, which is probably going to mean taking some walk breaks to bring my HR down. My strava stats are going to be UGLY and my ego is going to try and tell me some pretty negative things. BUT, my ego has prevented me from making smart training decisions in the past, so this is something that I’m going to work on.

So what did I actually run last week?


Monday 4/24: Stretch/strength/core work at home. 45 minutes.

Tuesday 4/25: Planned rest day

Wednesday 4/26: Short on time after work but squeezed in a quick run on my treadmill. 3.5 miles at 10:42 pace

Thursday 4/27: 5 miles outside in the evening. Wheezing quite a bit. Thanks, asthma! 10:37 pace.

Friday 4/28: I don’t even have a good excuse. I just didn’t run.

Saturday 4/29: The aforementioned busted long run. 2 miles, 11:29 pace. My body just felt dead. Later in the day 22.2 miles on my road bike. Avg speed 16.1 mph

Sunday 4/30: Joined my friend Michele for her training run and just let her be the boss of the run. I told her I just wanted to run wherever she wanted at whatever pace she wanted. We kept it easy and took a few walk breaks and it was the most enjoyable run of my week. 5.2 miles, 12:06 pace.


Total miles: 15.7 + 22.2 miles of biking

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. Sorry to hear that your training hasn’t been feeling well. Hopefully taking things down a notch and the occasional walking will help! I’ve found that sometimes just going into a run knowing it might suck actually helps. Actually, most runs suck at the start haha! Will be sending my loving kindness vibes to both you and your rockin bod <3

    1. Aww thanks friend! And I agree, most runs DO suck at the start, it’s just that a lot of them have continued to suck till the end. lol. It’s all just part of the process- some days will be good and others not so much. A great time to practice acceptance and patience. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Have you tried deep water running? I had a terrible training season, leading to a half, a few years ago. I didn’t run at all the last three weeks before the race. I did run many many miles in the water and biked a bit. My feet were blistered and sore after the race, but I got a PR! I did have to rest from running for 8 weeks after the race. I just stuck with my water running and biking and after the long rest I was fine.

    1. I haven’t done any pool running, but it’s definitely something I’ve considered when I’ve been injured in the past! I think I would like to incorporate some different activities in my training this summer, so that may be one of them! I also love cycling, so am looking forward to logging some miles on my bike too!

  3. Oof, I’m sorry! Mega hugs. The answer to the zen koan is: you are still a runner, don’t worry. Hope you get some other answers about motivation and fatigue and how you’re feeling. (I think one of the answers is staring you right in the face: time to schedule more social running!)

  4. Oh wow, listen to your body!! If your heart rate is weird, and you’re on thyroid meds that may not be perfectly dialed in, that sounds like it would contribute a LOT to sucky runs (says a non-medical person). Something to make running fun, like social runs is great. I love that you are checking the ego- you are my hero for doing that, for slowing down and listening to yourself. You’ve got a long, long, running career ahead of you. Slowing down for a day, or a week, or a month is not going to take you out for a year. Big hugs from TX!