Pumpkin’s Epic 2 Week Travel/Training Log 6.19.17

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind! We have a lot of catching up to do since my last training log!

  1. I joined a running group! A local group called FSR (faster.stronger.runners) is holding a Summer “training camp” and I happened to come across it on Facebook right after Fargo Marathon. For a small fee, I get to participate in various workouts throughout the whole Summer! Mondays are track workouts, Tuesdays are ramp/ core workout (ramp is running up and down a parking ramp), and Wednesdays are hill/ core workout. I am really excited to participate in this and have so far really enjoyed the couple of workouts I’ve been to. I missed last week due to travel (and I missed this morning due to leftover fatigue from travel), but am looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow!
  2. TRAVEL. SO MUCH TRAVEL. My husband, two kiddos, and I embarked on our ambitious multi-state road trip on Wednesday the 7th and returned on the wee hours of Saturday the 17th. We trekked through ND, MT, WY, UT, and ID. We stopped several places along the way, I ran the Utah Valley Half Marathon on the 10th, and then we settled in to our primary destination at a cabin in Cascade, ID, where we spent 5 days with 14 other members of my husband’s family. I was pretty nervous to see how this whole trip would unfold, given that the 9 year old and 6 year old aren’t always the best road trippers, but it went surprisingly well! There were times of yelling and tears, but much less than I imagined there would be! We had a blast spending time with family and visiting an old high school friend in Utah. We took some scenic routes instead of interstate for parts of our trip and I was glad we did. Mountains and rivers and trees bring me so much happiness! In all we covered about 3500 miles during our trip. Road trips are awesome.
  3. Utah Valley Half Marathon: Saving commentary for my upcoming race report!
  4. Training for Twin Cities Marathon officially begins TODAY. I think. The price increases after today so I need to pull the trigger and register for the race. I have a lot of trepidation about it because the last two times I’ve registered for TCM I have ended up with an injury that prevented me from running. I don’t know what it is about me and Summer injury, but it’s a pattern. Seriously! Since I started running in 2011, I have had significant injuries in the Summers of 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016. You can see why I am a little hesitant to commit to marathon training. In fact, I have a little foot pain right now that I’m having checked this morning. It feels like probably nothing major and I’m thinking it’s related to all of the driving and craziness over the past two weeks. If my foot checks out okay this morning, I’ll go ahead and register this afternoon.

So those are the big updates! Here’s my running, etc over the past two weeks!


Monday 6.5: My first day of training with FSR! We meet EARLY in the morning- I got to the track at 5:15a to start warming up. We did a track workout, my first in two years. My Garmin was misbehaving and with it being day 1, there was some logisitics to figure out. My Garmin gave me credit for 2.2 miles which may or may not be accurate. Avg pace including warm up and recovery was 9:17.

Tuesday 6.6: Ramp/ core workout! Up and down the ramp a number of times, some running of stairs, followed by resistance bands and core work. Warm up 2.5 miles verrrrry slowly at 12:44 pace, followed by 2.7 miles of ramps (running up, walking/jogging down) at 11:28 pace. 25 min of core/bands

Wednesday 6.7: Was tempted to get up and go to the hill workout before we hit the road for our trip, but there was a lot to do this morning to get us on the road at a decent hour. Rest day: 12 hours of driving.

Thursday 6.8: After a crappy night of sleep in our hotel in Billings, MT, I woke up bright and early to go for an easy run. I planned ahead and knew that there was a park just over a mile from the hotel. I drove over because the road from the hotel wasn’t runner friendly. Absolutely beautiful morning. A short run just to get the muscles loosened up. 3 miles, 11:16 pace. We headed to Yellowstone and did about an hour of hiking around at the Mammoth Hot Springs, followed by a LOT of driving at a very slow pace.

Friday 6.9: We didn’t get to Jackson, WY till about 9pm the previous night. We were all tired and crabby and it was hard to drag myself out of the bed to run this morning. I did anyway because there was a good running path right by our hotel, and because it was my goal to run in as many scenic locations as possible during this trip. OMG the elevation difference was very noticeable. In Fargo/Moorhead we are at 900 feet of elevation, and Jackson, WY is 6300 feet. My body was tired and my lungs were not having it. The run was more walk than run. 2 miles, 12:27 pace. Then we hopped in the car and drove for a good part of the day till we reached our final destination just outside of SLC, UT.

Saturday 6.10: Utah Valley Half Marathon: 13.1 miles. After the race, I took a shower and we drove for most of the day to get to my brother in law’s house in Boise, ID.

Sunday 6.11: REST. We left Boise to head to a cabin in Cascade, ID. We did some hiking around in the evening and checked out the scenery. BEAUTIFUL.

Total miles: 25.5

Week of 6.12-6.18

Monday 6.12: Still tired. It was a cloudy/ cool day in Cascade and it felt like a good day to relax inside.

Tuesday 6.13: Did a short 2 mile along the trail behind the cabin, followed by a 3 mile run in town. My muscles were feeling pretty tight during the 2 mile, so I did some foam rolling in between my two runs. The 3 mile felt much better. 2 mile run/walk 12:14 pace, 3 mile run/walk, 10:47 pace.

Wednesday 6.14: 5 mile run/walk 11:28 pace. Finally the sun came out in Cascade. We spent much of the day on the beach. Great day!



Saturday 6.17: Holy hell my body was so tired. We got home at 1:30am, I slept till 9, and attempted a run when I got up. Was gonna do 4 or 5 miles, but just couldn’t. 2 miles, 11:02 pace.

Total miles: 12

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. Haha, your last 2 weeks sound like mine. This last weekend I didn’t run a single step from Friday to Sunday, but there was a lot of walking around and toddler-chasing (including other people’s toddlers!) at my college reunion! And we can be marathon training twins now. Cheers to marathon training!!

  2. That vacation photo looks so beautiful! Congrats on a truly epic and successful road trip, and on getting so much running in on your vacation!