Pumpkin’s Twin Cities Marathon training log: 7.17-7.30.17

Last night I had my recurring dream that I was in college again and found out at the end of the semester that I was registered for a class that I totally forgot to attend. I have this dream on a semi-regular basis and it’s usually when I feel like I’m dropping the ball in some area of life. I just decided there must be some deep seated guilt about being behind on posting a training log!

I’ve been avoiding posting a log because running has not been going smoothly for me over the past two weeks (again/still) and I feel like I have so much to say about it all that it feels a bit overwhelming to write a 2 week log. I will give you the condensed version and save my turmoil for a post of its own!

The positives? I traveled to Cleveland and got to spend a weekend hanging with other Saltines! So fun to hang with Coriander, Cinnamon, Salty, Mango, Bergamot, and Ginger. I also ran a last minute 5k in Minneapolis the night before I flew to the Cleve.

The negatives? My running miles were lowwwww for two reasons: foot pain and lethargy/bad attitude (due to foot pain and poor running performance lately). I skipped a long run entirely while I was in Cleveland (foot pain and the awful Cleveland humidity), and I BOMBED my long run last week. Like, big time bomb/only finished half- epic collapse.

The neutrals? I did bump up my pool running a bit. I did find a way to stay active in some manner most days.

The hopefuls? It seems my foot/ankle pain is getting quite a bit better. I suspect Sunday’s long run bomb was hormonal in nature. I decided a week ago to make some big time changes to get my nutrition back on point. I’m feeling physically better and my overall soreness is already improved with my improved eating.

Here’s the last two weeks if you’re still invested in reading about the train wreck! Ha!


Monday 7.17: Did a water aerobics type class with friends. It was pretty lame and I don’t think our HR even climbed into the fat burn zone. We laughed a lot though! 1 hour.

Tuesday 7.18: 40 minutes upper and lower body strength + core

Wednesday 7.19: Made the 3.5 hour drive to Minneapolis and ran the Torchlight 5k that evening! I ran it not to race it, but did try to push myself faster than an easy paced run. The race was at 7:30p, it was sunny, hot, and humid. Almost melted just during my warm up! The race itself was fun, but the course distance was off by A LOT (and was later confirmed by the race coordinator). It ended up being a 3.3 mile 5k. OOF. You never realize how long .2 miles can be until you reach 3.1 of a 5k and you’re still not done! Anywho, I ran the first mile, but had to take a lot of walk breaks (short ones, but breaks nonetheless). My pace was 10:37, which I was satisfied with given the walk breaks and the heat and just my poor running performance as of late. Total for the day 4.4 miles.

Thursday 7.20: I arrived in Cleveland and got punched in the face with the Cleveland humidity. I broke a sweat walking slowly! Did a run/walk/chat with Cinnamon that evening. 4 miles, 12:40 pace.

Friday 7.21: Travel fatigue, humidity fatigue, just wanting to hang with my Salty Running pals= zero running this day. I did take an epic nap in the afternoon though, because vacation.

Saturday 7.22: Run/walk with Ginger! 4 miles, 11:36

Sunday 7.23: Body just feeling so run down. Foot pain extra painful. Had to get ready to travel home. I just straight up skipped my long run, with the hope my body would appreciate the rest.

Total miles: 12.4 (OOF)

1 hour pool class

40 min core+strength


Week of 7.24-7.30

Monday 7.24: Pool run 40 min, kick board 10 min

Tuesday 7.25: MY BIRTHDAY! Also a rest day. I skipped my run and went to Target instead to buy myself an Apple watch as a gift to myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wednesday 7.26: 4 miles in the morning 11:58 pace (I used my Apple Watch for running instead of my Garmin… lots of trying to monkey around with it and figure out why it would auto pause every time I took a walk break….) Decided that I will continue to use my Garmin for running purposes from now on, and the Apple Watch for everything else. In the evening I went to the pool and did a pool run with the Apple Watch and it was pretty magical! I love that I can wear it in the pool and I can track my HR while pool running. This is definitely an added pool running motivator. 30 minutes total.

Thursday 7.27: I slept in, which was not a great idea because that meant I was going to try and get some running miles in before my weekly Thursday night bike ride. By the end of the bike ride, I was TOAST. It was hot/ humid and my body was like HELL NAW. 4 miles, 11:04 pace. 27.2 miles bike. 16.1 mph avg, HR avg 147.

Friday 7.28: I wanted to try and save my body for my weekend runs, so I opted to pool run instead. 40 minutes total.

Saturday 7.29: Bad run #1 of the weekend. Total sweat fest, total bonk fest. Only managed to squeeze out 4.5 really pathetic miles. 11:33 pace (not including the times I just flat out stopped and contemplated why I even do this).

Sunday 7.30: Bad run #2 of the week. Plan was 15 miles, but I called it a day at 8 miles. Did the first 4 with my friend Julie. We started at 6am, hoping to beat the heat. It was swampy from the start and I could tell even during the first mile that this might be a tough run. I hoped that after I warmed up it would get better, but it just never did. I had to stop so many times and I walked a ton and my body just felt wrong. My stomach was cramping and I felt lightheaded/ nauseous when I would stop to catch my breath. Nothing good was going to come of me gutting out the other 7 miles. And I honestly don’t think I could have gutted them out even if I tried.

Two weeks of failed long runs could definitely make me fearful about the rest of my training and worried about future long runs, but I am doing my best just to move forward and take each run as it comes. The weather looks like it’s going to cool and it looks like the humidity will follow suit. I am going to try for 14 this week and will stay optimistic!

Totals for the week:

Run- 20.4 miles

Pool running- 3x for a total of 2 hours.

Bike- 27.2

Strength+core- total fail.

How I looked for almost every run over the past two weeks
Pumpkin and Ginger!
With Salty and Ginger!

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. OMG, I have that same recurring dream! Interesting that you can tie it to goings-on in real life…maybe next time I have it I will see if I feel the same. Good luck with your training, hope you can get the train back on the tracks soon!

  2. Lord, I have that dream too! Usually involves me finding a celophane wrapped book under my bed and being like OMG! Seriously though, makes sense that it probably means I feel like I dropping ball somewhere in real life- derp. I think it also means we’re nerds that is what our dreams are. Though I also have similar one, where I’m working at a restaurant and have a table I completely forget about all night…sign I have worked in the industry too long if that’s my dream?

    I’m sorry things haven’t been going as planned the last few weeks. I know it’s frustrating, but I also know that if anyone can rebound it’s you! Hang in there, keep doing what you’re doing and finding ways to be active (pool running is so good for you…I really should do it sometime…). Also love that you treated yourself on your birthday- as you should!