Pumpkin’s Fargo Marathon training log: Week 1

The time has arrived! After swearing off full marathons no less than 6 months ago, and after having to drop out of training for the last two marathon training attempts…. somehow I find myself back here.

And I think I’m ready? I have a lot of fears about it all, but I’ll save that for a future post.

I am starting from square one for this training cycle and doing my training completely different than I ever have. I’m using Hanson’s Marathon Method as my guide and I’m running based on heart rate. I have a lot of work to do in the heart rate department, as my HR always tends to run pretty high, even more so now that I started a new medication two months ago. Keeping my HR low means running paces MUCH much slower than I usually run, and my ego keeps telling me that there’s no WAY I should run that pace. This kind of thinking is what prevented me from keeping easy runs easy during past training, and I’m pretty sure is what ultimately led to my past injuries.

So run easy, I will. But in order to keep my focus on getting in the miles and being patient with HR based training, I’m going radio silence on pace for now. I’ve been so vocal and so social-media over sharing in the past, that this time around, I switched my Runkeeper settings to private, I’m not talking about marathon training on Facebook, and I’m going to only post about training on here! Excited to see what the next 17 weeks hold!


New training plan. New shoes.

Monday 1.18

3 easy miles (treadmill)


Tuesday 1.19

2.5 mile walk (treadmill)


Wednesday 1.20



Thursday 1.21

3 easy miles (treadmill)

15 min elliptical


Friday 1.22



Saturday 1.23

3 easy miles (treadmill)


Sunday 1.24

4 easy (outside)


Total run miles: ย 13



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. Good luck with your training! I am also following the Hanson’s plan, with low heart rate for my easy runs. I think it is a great way to ensure recovery and keep injury at bay.

  2. Best of luck in training, looking forward to following along! Running easy runs, well…easy is so important but definitely can be hard to do. I was just talking about this with a girl on our cool down run after the race this past weekend. It’s TOTALLY about putting the ego aside! The way I see it though, I’d rather get a big ego boost from an awesome workout or race PR than I would an ego boost from a random easy run- so put the quality paces where they belong and the quality recovery where it goes too!