Pumpkin’s Fargo Half Marathon Training Log: Weeks 6 & 7


The past two weeks have been less than ideal. Actually, in the past two weeks my training completely derailed. A little over a week ago I fell ill to the cold of the century (okay, a bit dramatic, but it was the worst cold I’ve had in several years). I had some terrible runs a couple of days before the cold hit and then I missed an entire week of running trying to get well.

In reality, I know I still have 10 weeks of training before the race and I’m not worried at all about getting my miles in moving forward. I am, however, starting to reconsider my approach for training for this race as well as my goals for race day. I really love the Hanson’s approach, and I want to keep running 6 days a week, but I think I need to really sit down and think about my speed work and tempo runs for the remainder of training. If I’m being totally honest, I have had very few successful key workouts this training cycle so far. I have some good reasons why for a couple of them, but for a few I don’t have any good explanation as to why I skipped or backed off. I suspect I’m choosing interval/ tempo paces that are maybe just too fast for me. This is where I need to swallow my pride and accept that. I just haven’t had a good recent race time to use as my baseline so I took a shot and guessed where my paces were supposed to be, and I think I overshot.

So, I’m moving forward. I’m going to run the miles on my schedule, but I need to take a look at some major adjustments for my workout paces. I wanted this half marathon to be an “A” race, but I think I am going to rethink that too. I am wanting to give my all and run a Fall marathon, and I don’t know if I have it in me to be ALL IN for this half and then a couple of weeks later go ALL IN to start my Fall marathon training.

Part of me feels like I’m giving up too early on my goal, but I think I am also letting myself making smart choices based on my long term goals. Knowing my knack for Summer injuries, I want to arrive at Fall marathon training healthy and strong. I know I can do that if I run smart and use this time to get stronger, build miles, and take the time to work on core work as well.

So, this will be a really quick recap of my running over the past two weeks!

Monday 2/20: Treadmill. 3 miles. 10:53 pace

Tuesday 2/21: 5 miles easy, 10:57 pace

Wednesday 2/22: Rest

Thursday 2/23: SO TIRED. Unplanned rest day.

Friday 2/24: 4 struggly miles. 11:02 pace

Saturday 2/25: DEATH. BED ALL DAY.

Sunday 2/26: Netflix and NyQuil

Total miles: 12 (UGH)


Monday 2/27: Still nope.

Tuesday 2/28: Seriously. I miss breathing.

Wednesday 3/1: Starting to see the light….

Thursday 3/2: Getting there…..

Friday 3/3: RUN! 4 miles, 10:33 pace

Saturday 3/4: Realized my endurance has vanished. 5 treadmill miles. 10:57 pace, but felt harder than it should. Also did some core work- approx 10 minutes. Went to a spin class in the afternoon: 55 minutes.

Sunday 3/5: 10 miles. Beautiful day- sunshine, no wind, shorts weather. Again with the terrible endurance. This was not an easy run. 11:04 pace

Total miles: 19.


Here’s hoping it gets better from here!

This is what I looked like for almost a week.

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. I am so sorry you have been sick! But, now I have to out myself as a total Pumpkin Fan-Girl. You are my favorite Saltine! This is hilarious and so raw and honest and I just totally appreciate that. Really hope you feel better soon!

    1. Aww! Thanks! I do feel much better now- it’s just telling my body it needs to do the things I want it to do… like uh, run without feeling like it wants to fall apart. ๐Ÿ˜€
      On the upside, I ate chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting today, so I think that’s going to be fantastic fuel for tomorrow’s run!

  2. Glad you’re feeling better! I think adjusting your workout paces is a good idea โ€” and if it seems too easy after a week or two, you can readjust!