Pumpkin’s Training Log- 10.18.2015

Two weeks ago, I ran my big goal race of the Fall, the Twin Cities 10 Mile.  After a week of slacking rest, this last week was dedicated to getting back on track, and restoring balance back to my workouts.  When I train for a race, I am full of good intentions to have the perfect amount of running/ cross-training/ and strength training.  Inevitably, by the end of my training, I am almost exclusively running and letting everything else fall to the wayside.

I am not training for a specific race right now, which can actually be more challenging for me, since I’m not following a plan. So how did the week go?  I’d say, pretty well!

10k race day!

Monday 10.12

5am gym session.  1 mile warm up on the treadmill (9:50 pace), a little strength training (upper body), and 50 minutes of Spinning (140 average HR, 18.4 miles)

Tuesday 10.13

Couldn’t drag myself out of bed for an early morning workout, and the weather wasn’t cooperating for an after work run outside.  When I’m feeling lazy, but still need to burn a few calories, I default to the elliptical machine.  I call it my couch potato workout, because it’s really just an excuse to watch some Netflix on my iPad while at the gym.

45 minutes on the elliptical. (130 average HR, 6.9 miles)

Wednesday 10.14

Absolutely gorgeous Fall day here in Minnesota.  70 degrees and sunshine made for an amazing after work run.

4.04 miles (9:49 pace)

Thursday 10.15

My usual Tuesday hill workout was moved to Thursday this week.  My friend Kate and I run around Island Park and up and down the parking ramp 3 times.  See an upcoming post about creative hill training!

3.09 miles (10:27 pace)

Friday 10.16

Rest day!

Saturday 10.17

Race day!  On Wednesday I decided to register for the Fargo Mini Marathon 10K race, because, why not?  The events of the day included a half, a 10k, and a 5k.  I was unsure if I was trained enough to run a quality half, so I decided to go easy on myself and run the 10k.   Weather was perfect- 28 degrees, sunshine, little wind.  Race course was gorgeous.  Full race recap coming up later this week!

Garmin stats:  6.32 miles (9:59 pace), Official race stats:  6.2 miles (10:13 pace)

Sunday 10.18

Fantastic Fall hike at Glendalough State Park with my 7 year old son.  Hiked for about 2 hours and enjoyed the beautiful day!

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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