Pumpkin’s Fargo Marathon Training Log: Week 6

This week was a big one for me. I’ve moved from base building to theย real stuff. Speed work and tempo runs began this week, along with the shift from 5 days of running to 6 days a week. I’ve mentioned before that all of my previous training plans were of the 4 day a week variety, so this is huge for me. I’m astonished how well my body is adapting to the consistent running and how NOT sore I am! This week was also a big jump, mileage wise- packing on 10+ miles more than last week. Again, surprised I feel pretty great. We have had some fantastic weather around here, and I was able to run in short sleeves and capris for my run on Saturday- even got a tiny tan line. Overall, a solid week!

Monday 2.22: 4 easy miles on the treadmill

Tuesday 2.23: 12 x 400/ 1 min recovery. 5 miles total with warm up and cool down.

Wednesday 2.24: off

Thursday 2.25: 6 miles total, 5 at tempo pace.

Friday 2.26: 4 miles outside. A gorgeous Spring-like day. Saw lots of people running in shorts. 48 degrees is a heat wave in MN!

Saturday 2.27: 8 easy miles outside. 55 degrees and zero wind. I was actually too hot in my capris and t-shirt. Unreal!

Sunday 2.28: ย 8 easy on the treadmill. Husband was heading out of town so had to get my run done early if I wanted to run outdoor…. but it was 24 degrees with 20 mph winds at 7am. Opted to head to the basement and entertain myself with Netflix. Went with Tommy Boy for my movie selection- good distraction!

Total miles: 35


first short-sleeved run of the year!


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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