Pumpkin’s Fargo Half Marathon Training Log: Week 8

Every week when I write a training log I think, “okay, NEXT week will be SO MUCH BETTER.”

Well…. I guess this week is a little bit better than the last, but certainly not where I would like to be. Last week I did talk about re-working my expectations for this race and this week I am so glad I have given myself the permission to listen to my body rather than rigidly following the plan. I recently mused that maybe my “running is broken,” as it seems I am struggling to hold pace even on my really easy runs. I think back to last year at this time, following Hanson’s FULL marathon plan and maybe only missed one run total over the 18 week plan. I think about how great I felt and how this time I assumed I would feel even BETTER given the half plan is a little more manageable in terms of juggling miles and life. It just hasn’t been unfolding that way, but to keep it in perspective, before I joined Salty Running I ran maybe only half the amount of miles I currently run and rarely ran more than 30 miles per week. Now I regularly top 30, which in the olden days would have been impressive as hell. Maybe I’m in a funk. Maybe I compare myself to my elite friends. Maybe it’s okay to just run and enjoy it and not worry about my pace. Running is awesome and complicated and sometimes breaks my heart and sometimes makes me feel phenomenal.

This past week started out pretty great and tanked at the end!

Monday 3/6: 4 miles on a humid, warm morning. Stomach cramps like crazy! 11:14 pace.

Tuesday 3/7: Rest day

Wednesday 3/8: My first attempt at speed work in quite awhile. 2 mile warm up, 8 x 400 @ 9:00 w/ 2 min rec, 1.75 cool down. 7 miles total. 10 minutes of core work.

Thursday 3/9: 4 miles on the treadmill. 10:58 pace

Friday 3/10: Gahhh it was so cold! Ran outside after work with Julie and froze! 6 miles, 10:31 pace. Felt pretty good though.

Saturday 3/11: I was supposed to do 12 miles, but this run was HORRIBLE. I have few adjectives to adequately describe how awful this felt. Ran with Julie and ran our usual long run pace, but I had to slow us way down and stop about a million times to think about my life decisions. My body felt zapped and this felt like a hard effort. Ended up only doing 10 miles and considered quitting running forever after this run. (okay… that’s dramatic). 10 miles, 11:29 pace… not factoring in my countless mini stops.

Sunday 3/12: was supposed to do 6 but did not run. I haven’t felt this sore in forever. Decided I really need to focus more on stretching and my core, so I checked out Jasyoga videos and did a recovery video and a core activation video. About 25 minutes total.

Total miles: 31 miles, about 30 minutes total of core/ yoga

Sick of running in the cold. Ready for Spring to return!
Yoga is not my favorite

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. Hey Pumpkin, sorry things are a bit sucky this week. Your raw honesty here is pretty awesome regardless. I am dealing with a longer term injury and just decided to take a couple of weeks off running entirely so part of me wants to say – treasure every step you get, because you don’t always get them. But a bigger part wants to say – I know that struggle you are facing and it’s no fun. Hang in there!

    1. That’s a great reminder, Sarah! Last Summer I was out with tendinitis for almost 3 full months and was DYING to run even a few miles. Right now I’m in a funk, but I’m healthy and I CAN run. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I completely feel you. Sorry you had a rough week – hope this week is going better! I know the temptation to compare yourself with friends – like, ‘I’m too slow for 75% of this discussion to be relevant to me’ or ‘What if I ran 50 miles per week instead?’. And I know firsthand how discouraging that gets and what it does to your motivation! But you’re out there, getting it done. You’re running higher mileage more consistently than before, and that matters a lot, too. Focus on those process goals!

    1. Thanks, friend! I know that my attitude will turn around again- it has just been frustrating lately! My growth as a runner always seems to be 3 steps forward, 4 steps back. Like I said, I need to keep it in perspective- I’m still running over 30 mpw, which is more than a lot of people run!
      I took yesterday off and am leaving work early today to go run in the sun and mid 30’s temps. That will hopefully be a great run ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m training for Boston and I am following a training plan but I’m not putting pressure on myself to run a certain time. ( I hope I’m that makes sense) there are days I hit the prescribed times and there are days I say fuck it and run by feel and just enjoy myself. If I put pressure on myself to hit all the paces exactly then I don’t enjoy the process as much and that’s what it’s all about for me. I enjoy the process and I bring myself back to that place. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself . It all comes together in the end anyway.

  4. Pumpkin, you are one of my favorite writers on here, if only because your honesty (and paces!) are so relatable. I totally hear you on trying not to compare to friends, or to find joy in even the sucky runs. I’m sure a little sunshine will help, and if you are feeling ucky, just picture some stranger in Texas saying “Go, girl! You rock for putting one foot in front of the other and you inspire me!”