Pumpkin’s Fargo Marathon Training Log- Week 10

Happy Sunday! This week of training was pretty up and down. After having a fantastic week of training the previous week, this last week started out pretty rocky. Last Sunday I did my longest long run in a long time (15 miles) and Monday I was supposed to do 7 easy miles. I hopped on the treadmill, made it about a half mile, and had to bail. I was having some weird stomach pains and after a pre and post dinner treadmill attempt, I decided to make Monday my rest day. Not a great way to start out my week and really hated swapping my rest day, but I had to listen to my body (this is always a struggle for me!). Wednesday was another cruddy run, but this was maybe because I MAYBE ate a ton of pizza for dinner and MAYBE that was a terrible plan. Another change in plans after I bailed on that run halfway through and had to tack on the miles to the rest of my runs for the week. The story ends well with two FANTASTIC outdoor runs to finish out the week.

Okay, this is getting long. I have TV to watch.

Monday 3.21: .53 miles before I decided to call it a day.

Tuesday 3.22: Speed work on the treadmill 4 x 1200, 400 recovery. 5 miles total.

Wednesday 3.23: 2.5 miles of my scheduled 5 before my pizza mistake forced me to quit.

Thursday 3.24: a VERY ugly tempo run on the treadmill. 8 miles at tempo pace, but there were several breaks. I really struggle on the treadmill on runs longer than 6 miles… and I’m just really sick of the treadmill. 9.5 miles total.

Friday 3.25: Treadmill AGAIN. Our Spring weather turned to snow today- the sloppy, wet variety. 8 incredibly boring miles, easy pace.

Saturday 3.26: was supposed to meet my friend Michele for an early morning run, but when I woke up, the windchill was 9 degrees and 20 mph wind. NO THANK YOU. Went back to bed and was able to meet up with Michele in the afternoon for a sunny, much warmer run. Legs were tired at first, but I finished really strong – was even able to push for a few miles close to marathon pace, which has been hard for me lately on my tired legs. 9 miles.

Sunday 3.27: Hoped that my Easter lunch wouldn’t come back to haunt me on my long run. It didn’t. A great run. sunny, warm, and felt really strong today. Very happy my week of training ended on a high note. It didn’t start out so great. Because I got confused and went too far in the residential loop, I ended up with a bonus .67 miles. 10.67 total.


Total miles for the week: 45.17


this is the face of someone who has had far too many treadmill runs this week.


yay! a great long run! so happy to be back outdoors.


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. The bad weeks are there to make us appreciate the good ones that much more. Or so I tell myself ๐Ÿ™‚ way to get it done. Running after Easter lunch is no joke!

  2. I really struggle running anything other than easy miles on the ‘mill. Dittos on getting your long run done AFTER Easter lunch! (I took a nap)

  3. Oh my gosh- it was a total treadmill week for me too.. like over 30 miles with 22 in the same 18-hour period. Barf. You rocked it!! I ran & did core after Easter too- ha!