Pumpkin’s Fargo Marathon training log: Week 2

Just finished my last run of week 2 on this sunny, warm Minnesota day. We’ve had a streak of warm weather, and I’m so glad I got to run outside for the past few days. I know there are plenty of treadmill days still ahead of me, but it’s nice to have a reprieve here and there.

This marathon training, I am more focused than I ever have been on nutrition and taking care of my body. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about what carbs to eat when and figuring out a good balance for my day to day eating. I want to make sure my body is properly fueled, because my BIG goal is injury prevention. I have had to drop out of the last 2 marathons I’ve attempted to train for, and I know pace, fueling, and just general imbalance in my routines were huge factors. In that quest, I FINALLY decided to buy a foam roller. How I neglected to buy one for the past 5 years is pretty impressive (or stupid). I bit the bullet and I’m going to roll after each and every run. My new plan will be protein shake and foam rolling after every run, no matter how small or easy the run was.


post run foam rolling and protein shake

The scheduled runs for the week were all easy pace runs, as these first 5 weeks are just base building, and working me up to running 6 days a week. This week was 5 short runs and the first time I’ve run 4 days in a row in a long time. I could feel some soreness after today’s run (lucky for me, I’m now the proud owner of a foam roller!)

Here’s a rundown of the week

Monday 1/25: ย Off

Tuesday 1/26: 3.05 easy treadmill miles

Wednesday 1/27: ย Off

Thursday 1/28: ย 3 easy treadmill miles + 1 mile incline walking + 15 minutes in the sauna

Friday 1/29: 3.2 miles outside. It was a warm day here, and I ended up running in a rain shower- weird! My run included rain, a beautiful sunset, and a rainbow. Felt good to get outside!

Saturday 1/30: 3 miles outside. Another easy run, another warm day with very little wind. Yay!

Sunday 1/31: 4.27 miles outside. Sunny, warm afternoon. 36 degrees in January is pretty incredible. I planned on a pretty, scenic run along the river, but ended up on a path that was full of puddles and ice patches. I ended up having to run the roads instead to prevent breaking my neck. I splashed through a few more puddles than I would have liked and my legs were feeling pretty tired today.

Total running miles: 16.52


rainbows and rain showers in January!


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. Foam rollers are saviors! You might also consider a “Franklin ball” (google or amazon) to get those tight spots that are difficult with roller. I also try to use them before runs especially to massage and open up hip flexors…one of my very tight spots.

    1. I’m going to look up Franklin Balls too. Was also curious about sticks – especially for my calves. My legs are tightening up a lot and I need to foam roll after runs as well. I wish someone filmed me when I tried foam rolling my quads this morning. I can only imagine what that looked like….

  2. Great first goal: injury prevention. I wish I could have told my new runner self how important that was and how to keep myself healthy.

  3. Consistency with running goes a long way, you’ll find those 5-6x a week of running including a few days in a row will really help you. I know that for me, I feel better when I have that consistency and in general helps me stay healthier too. Yay for a foam roller!! I have a few different ones and find they really do help if you make the time to use it. I have a bad habit with my basic roller of just laying on the ground and using it as a pillow ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just got a new addaday one though (has gears) and that should stop me from using it as a pillow because it would probably give me a headache….